[ 28 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

Last week we looked at Paternity Leave, and this week, with help from the folk at Instant Offices we take a closer look at what maternity leave looks like around the world… and it might not be quite how you think.
Which Countries have the most maternity leave?

COUNTRY
DAYS
WAGES PAID

 
PROVIDER
 

1.       SWEDEN
480
80%
SOCIAL INSURANCE

2.       CROATIA
365+
100%

HEALTH INSURANCE FUND
(until 6 months) – rest paid by State
 

3.       NORWAY
322-365
80-100%
SOCIAL INSURANCE

4.       UK
365

90%
 

Employer (92% refunded by public funds)
 

5.       SERBIA
365
100%
SOCIAL SECURITY

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[ 28 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

Last week we looked at Paternity Leave, and this week, with help from the folk at Instant Offices we take a closer look at what maternity leave looks like around the world… and it might not be quite how you think.
Which Countries have the most maternity leave?

COUNTRY
DAYS
WAGES PAID

 
PROVIDER
 

1.       SWEDEN
480
80%
SOCIAL INSURANCE

2.       CROATIA
365+
100%

HEALTH INSURANCE FUND
(until 6 months) – rest paid by State
 

3.       NORWAY
322-365
80-100%
SOCIAL INSURANCE

4.       UK
365

90%
 

Employer (92% refunded by public funds)
 

5.       SERBIA
365
100%
SOCIAL SECURITY

 Which are the Best Industries for Working Mothers?
As a mother, not only do you need time off, and generous pay, but …

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[ 26 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

It seems that whatever the country, whatever the economic context, one question is becoming ever more pertinent: what is the future of work in an era of exponential technology development? “Artificial intelligence is arguably the big game changer and becoming more commonplace. We already see narrow AI in use in internet searches, customer targeting applications, and in predictive analytics. But AI has much greater capability that will merge into every aspect of our lives in the future. Increasingly devices will learn more about us, provide an ever-increasing range of support …

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[ 24 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

Improving sleep has just got easier with the launch of a brand new, expert-driven, self-help tool. With parents losing out on more than six weeks’ worth of sleep in a single year of caring for a newborn*, The Sleep Council has created The 30 Day Better Sleep Plan to help people wanting to improve their sleep and prevent more serious and prolonged issues.
The 18 question and answer format available on the website (www.sleepcouncil.org.uk/30-day-plan/) builds a downloadable tailored plan which people are encouraged to follow for 30 days using The Sleep …

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[ 21 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

First4lawyers say fathers in the UK are not getting enough paid time with their newborn babies, and that 10 working days off is not enough.
Currently, new full-time working fathers in the UK receive two working weeks (10 days) paternity leave with their new-born child at 80% pay. As soon as the two weeks are over, fathers are sent straight back to work.
Shared parental leave was introduced in the UK in 2015 giving parents the right to split up to 52 weeks between them. However, research shows that just 1% of …

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[ 19 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]
Businesswomen are less confident than men about prospects post Brexit

New research conducted by RateSetter Business Finance has revealed that only 10% of women business leaders believe that leaving the EU will be positive for their business. This contrasts to the fact that twice the number (21%) of male business owners have an optimistic outlook about Brexit.
Commenting on the findings, Paul Marston, Managing Director of RateSetter Commercial Finance, said: “Overall, it is clear that small business leaders are not at all optimistic about the impact of Brexit, but we were rather surprised to find such a difference between the views …

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[ 19 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

Medication is a marvellous thing, life-giving in some cases, pain or symptom-relieving in many others. However, managing medication can be difficult, and it’s important to get it right, especially if a few medications have been prescribed together.
Medications taken incorrectly can lead to further medical problems, with dizziness, confusion and depression just a few of the symptoms that could be experienced when a mistake is made. So, keeping track of medication is crucial, so you can be assured the right amount has been taken at the right time, and that’s not …

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[ 18 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

These days we must be conscious of the environmental impact we have on the world as it becomes more crowded, richer and more and more demanding of resources. One of the most resource-intensive times in our lives are home improvement projects, whether this is done DIY-style or not. Now we all know that these can be fun, can improve hands-on skills and boost confidence, not to mention that by DIYing you can save buckets of money on home improvement professionals. However, it can be difficult to know how to make …

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[ 18 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

Change is an inevitable part of our lives. Every aspect of your life will undergo some significant modifications—your work, home, family, or social lives will be affected by change in some way eventually. While it can sometimes be exciting and rejuvenating, in most cases it is stressful, chaotic, and tiring. That’s why it is so important to be able to deal effectively with change; this way you can maintain your quality of life without much disruption. Here are five tips for handling changes effectively.
Identify What You Can And Can’t Control
First …

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[ 17 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

Long summer afternoons extending into sultry evenings are the perfect time to throw an outdoor family party. Stay safe and make sure everyone has a good time with these 3 top tips for a successful event that’s memorable for all the right reasons.
Fire Safety
From barbecues to candles and patio lights, where there’s flame there’s the chance of burns. Keep children and pets under supervision at all times if you’ve got open flames anywhere people are gathered:

On still summer evenings, candles are gorgeous, but floaty skirts, little fingers or party games …

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[ 17 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

The latest YouGov research reveals 52% of regular takeaway hot drink consumers, those that buy at least four or more drinks a week, dispose of their cup at work. Underpinned by insight into consumer coffee cup disposal habits, Veolia, the UK’s leading resource management company, is rolling out its national coffee cup solution to make cup recycling possible in offices across the UK.
With 84% of takeaway hot drink consumers still using disposable cups, Veolia’s coffee cup solution aims to collect takeaway cups as soon as the consumer has finished …