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Agile working linked to increased productivity

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Organisations will fail to boost their productivity unless they prioritise greater investment in workforce development and agile working practices, according to new research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Its new report, Productivity: Getting the Best out of People, explores the factors that help to explain why some businesses have higher productivity than […]


Meetings often not effective, say managers

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Senior staff estimate just a third of the time they spend in business meetings helps them do their jobs better and that less than half the time helps their organisation, according to new research. A survey of over 650 senior managers across the country by executive leadership coaches That People Thing found that on average […]


Women tell their stories

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The media is full of negative stories about the issues facing women, but a new website plans to give women from around the globe the space to tell their own stories and inspire others to overcome those challenges. We Are Sister Stories launches today and is the brainchild of two international postgraduate students at the […]


Government delays roll-out of childcare tax rebate till 2017

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The Government has announced that the roll-out of its childcare tax rebate will be delayed until early 2017. The scheme through which employees can claim back up to 20% of childcare costs up to a limit of £2,000 a year was expected to be rolled out from the end of this year, but the Government […]


Workplace getting more stressful, says report

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Some 80 per cent of senior executives say the workplace is a more stressful place than five years ago, with three quarters blaming mobile technology for creating a more stressful environment, according to new research. A survey by Russam GMS found 60 per cent of respondents said their employers expect them to answer emails outside […]


The mysterious allure of the office

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I often wonder what my kids make of my work. Because I do it mainly at home, it doesn’t have the air of mystery that, say, my partner’s has. Sometimes we go to his office in the holidays to have lunch because his office is right next to a massive Tesco, which is very handy […]


Only 3% of new biotech CEOs are women

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Women make up just 3% pof new CEO appointments in biotechnology and their companies get only 5.4% of venture capital invested in biotechnology companies, according to new research. The research by Liftstream Ltd, a company providing executive recruitment services to the biotechnology sector, found biotechnology companies with all-male boards garner 57% of all venture capital […]


SMEs not claiming their expenses

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Small business owners risk overpaying tax and losing money because they don’t manage their expenses properly, according to new research from cloud accounting company FreeAgent. In a survey carried out by YouGov for FreeAgent, just one in five micro-business owners said that they claimed back all of the expenses they incurred for their business. The […]


Working on holiday? It’s the new norm, says survey

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More than half of workers feel obligated to work on holiday, according to a new study by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). The ILM survey of more than 1,000 UK workers and managers found that 64% read and send emails during their time off, 28% take business phone calls and 8% go into […]


CBI appoints its first female Director-General

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Carolyn Fairbairn is to become the first female Director-General of the CBI. The CBI announced the appointment this morning. Fairbairn is former Director of Strategy at both the BBC and ITV and currently holds a number of non-executive positions. These include with global outsourcer Capita, small cap manufacturer Vitec, Lloyds Banking Group, the Competition and […]


Disappearing school uniform

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What is it with school uniform in the summer term? It seems to get swallowed up by schools. Only son has lost another tie. He was wearing his sister’s tie on Friday. I was at a breakfast meeting so I left my partner with instructions to ask what happened to the last one [and the […]


Reputation big factor for would-be employees

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More than half of UK workers would entirely rule out taking job with a company if its reputation was poor, no matter what the potential pay rise, according to research by LinkedIn. LinkedIn’s Winning Talent research, a study into the factors influencing people’s choices about where they want to work, found that the top factors […]


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