New mums ‘are more social’

New mums may improve their social life and gain new friends, according to a survey by the CLIC Sargent charity. Plus other news.
 

New mums may improve their social life and gain new friends, according to a survey by the CLIC Sargent charity.
The survey of 4,000 new mums found they widened their circle of friends after childbirth and saw their friends more often.
The average woman has just three close friends before birth, but most surveyed had increased that number to 11 a month after birth with some of their old childless friends being left by the wayside. Some 48 percent said that expanding their circle of friends they can trust had been their main focus since having a baby.
Some 44 percent said the most likely place they met new friends was at school, 32% in nursery and 22% at coffee mornings. Social media also helped to keep in touch with friends. For instance, 80% kept in touch via sites like Facebook. Those who were web savvy spent at least two hours on the Internet a day.
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Skills building the top priority for companies emerging from recession
Enhancing the skills of staff is the main priority for companies emerging from the recession, according to an international survey from the Scala Group, the ACE Network and supported by international law firm Salans.
The survey of over 550 senior HR management professionals across 17 countries found that 63% rated building the skills of their employees as the top priority for emerging from the recession, compared to 25% who said boosting pay and benefits would help.
Also important were improving communications, employee engagement and tackling poor performance.

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