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Promoting healthy eating at work
Employers will be increasingly familiar with initiatives aimed at increasing workplace well-being, with issues like stress being taken far more seriously than they were in the past. But that does not mean the most familiar health issues have gone away. The truth is that the human body is not designed either for over consumption or sitting down all day, and while there is only so much that can be done
Is your workplace equipped to tackle disability issues?
Public understanding of disability issues in the UK has soared in recent years. Achievements such as those of Britain's Paralympians in the London 2012 games and the late physicist Stephen Hawking have helped to transform perceptions of what those with disabilities are capable of. As a result, there is a greater appreciation that disabled people can contribute great things in the workplace and play
The do’s and don’ts of making an office more fun
An office may be a serious place of work, but only the most grim and short-sighted of managers will seek to turn it into a place where nothing but hard toil and the bottom line matter. Such a result may be deemed professional or dedicated, but the reality is it will make for an unhappy and tense atmosphere in which a myopic focus on results and hard graft will dominate. Never will the term 'daily
Keep Christmas in December: When to allow your staff to get festive
The shops have their own schedules for dealing with the later part of the year. Having been full of 'back to school' stuff at the end of August, autumn brought an increasing focus on Halloween. Now that has been and gone, the cobwebs and pumpkins have been swiftly replaced by the Christmas bunting. When considering the approach of the festive season, there are invariably two polarised views. In perhaps
Take a black box approach to personal development
Personal development is important in every company. Unless your recruit is only being hired to carry out an menial task or temping, they will have potential opportunities to develop. Indeed, for many people, particularly young staff keen to build successful careers, the quality of training and development is a key issue when choosing to join a company, or stay there. However, sometimes, the
How flexible working can help people reduce commuting in the dark
The putting back of the clocks by an hour is one of those landmark moments in a year, the time when people have to come to terms with the likelihood that they will be spending much more time indoors, as winter is coming and the days ahead will be short and cold. At this point, of course, the afternoons immediately get darker as sunset is moved forward by an hour. Conversely, the mornings get an extra
How a bonfire can be a great work night out
The nights have well and truly drawn in, the clocks have gone back and Halloween is upon us, so the scope for any kind of outdoor leisure activity is becoming restricted - except for those who don't mind putting on a warm coat and braving whatever weather they may face. However, while the hot, sunny days and long, light evenings of summer are a fading memory, there is one very warm evening coming
Can you really make an office paperless?
A few years ago, the phrase "paperless office" emerged as the next big thing in managing a workspace. The question is, can such a thing ever be achieved? And is it even desirable? Going green There are a couple of reasons that the concept of the paperless office gained favour. The most obvious one is the impact on the environment, no one wants to cut down trees unnecessarily. “Whoops, I accidentally
Simplifying employee incentives the Warren Buffet way
Warren Buffet is most people's idea of the ideal businessman. In an age when the super-rich are often seen as amoral, dishonest and completely unaffected by the economic problems of recent years, the Berkshire Hathaway boss is perceived rather differently. Apart from having a reputation for a strong social conscience - he once said he should pay more tax because he's a billionaire - he is also seen
Keeping the office feeling and looking warm as the weather gets cold
Autumn is the time of year many people hate, for the last hints of summer are ebbing away, the weather is getting colder and the days rapidly shorter. Of course, there are many who love autumn with its golden colours and events such as Halloween and Bonfire Night, but even so, there is no arguing with Game of Thrones: winter is coming. For offices, the key is to make sure everyone feels warm. In