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Safety tips for Christmas decorating
Offices can be made to look very merry with Christmas decorations - but be wary of the possible dangers involved. Unless managers plan to play Scrooge during Advent - which would not be a very wise way of proceeding, given its likely impact on morale and staff relations - it is clearly time to be getting the bunting out. Over the next couple of weeks, offices across the country will be covered in
Managing flexible working in a fixed office
Have a fixed office and want to implement flexible working? Read on for tips on how to balance flexibility with a secure location… No matter what kind of business you have, flexible working can be an effective way of improving workforce morale and attracting new talent. As flexible working becomes more the norm than the exception, more companies are looking to offer options for working in and out
5 simple ways to get your motivation back after the summer
The summer is a mysterious season, we long for it to be here for months on end and then quick as a flash, it seems to have gone. However, instead of being doom and gloom about it, why not take this post-summer period as an opportunity to get yourself motivated, again, with these tips. Spring Clean The first and easiest way to set yourself on the path of motivation is to have a tidy and clean-up of
Top 4 Ways To Ensure You Write A Professional Business Email
In a time where business culture has become increasingly more casual, from what we wear to go to work, to how we address our colleagues, is it possible that we have lost the art of writing a professional business email? To combat this, we have come up with the top 4 tips to ensure that poorly written business emails are a thing of the past. 1. How to address the recipient When emailing a fellow
How your business can support gender diversity
When it comes to treating your workforce fairly, one of the key priorities for many modern businesses is gender diversity. In the wake of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements, this issue has never been more significant. However, recent research has indicated that most businesses have a long way to go before achieving true equality between male and female workers. 'Work harder and deliver more' Women
Five cash flow tips for small businesses
All businesses need a healthy cash flow to thrive, but it’s particularly important for the smallest firms that have to deal with a very narrow margin between success and failure. A recent survey by Intuit QuickBooks highlighted the scale of this challenge for small and medium-sized enterprises, 57 per cent of which said they had experienced problems with their cash flow. More than a third (38
How to know if you’re unhappy at work (and what to do about it)
Being happy at work is something everyone aspires to, but many people find it a difficult goal to achieve. Firstly, it’s important to have a clear understanding of your feelings towards your job, with some workers so accustomed to their day-to-day routines they lose perspective on exactly how they feel about work. Are you unhappy at work? One of the most effective ways to evaluate your happiness
How to improve the quality of your sleep
Everyone knows that sleep is important, but it’s easy to overlook just how vital it can be to get a good night’s rest if you want to reach your maximum potential in the workplace. A recent survey by bed and mattress provider Time4Sleep suggested there is a link between sleep quality and a person’s overall satisfaction with their career. Of all respondents who were happy with their working
What makes London a great city to start a business?
There are many factors that play a part in determining the long-term results and success of a business, one of which is the location where the enterprise is based. Entrepreneurs in the UK benefit from the fact there are many British cities that provide supportive, growth-enabling environments for small firms. One of the most attractive destinations of all for start-ups is London, the driving force
Should firms be doing more to help dads spend time with their kids?
The UK government’s shared parental leave system was introduced in 2015, allowing parents to share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of statutory parental pay between them. However, recent research has suggested very few working parents are taking advantage of these provisions, even though many fathers would welcome the opportunity to spend more time with their family. This begs the question: