[ 15 Dec 2017 | No Comment ]

With the Christmas period almost upon us, many employees will be thinking of winding down. In fact, Office for National Statistics (ONS) research has shown that productivity reduced during the last quarter.
But for SMEs with tight budgets and a compact workforce, finding inexpensive ways to maintain employee enthusiasm and output is key in the run up to the holidays.
Here, the small business experts at AXA PPP healthcare reveal the top seven ways employers can help staff stay motivated and engaged right up to the big day:

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[ 16 Dec 2017 | No Comment ]

There are a variety of reasons why so many people suffer with anxiety, which is one of the most common mental health disorders. Life can certainly be stressful, and daily life can contain quite a bit of hardship. But whether you have been diagnosed with clinical anxiety or you are simply experiencing feelings of stress, unease, and anxiety when you are at work because of the environment that you are in and the people you are around, doing something about it is necessary. Otherwise, your symptoms could get worse and …

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[ 16 Dec 2017 | No Comment ]

A perfect work-life balance is often touted as an ideal. Achieving it in all areas at the same time, such as family, faith, career, health, fun, and friends can be a challenge. However, you can make choices today that increase the odds you’ll achieve your goals and be successful in more than one area. Here are tips on how you can find success in both your career and personal life.
Set Your Priorities for the Long Term
You don’t want to live a life that alternates between “thank God it’s Friday” and …

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[ 15 Dec 2017 | No Comment ]

With the Christmas period almost upon us, many employees will be thinking of winding down. In fact, Office for National Statistics (ONS) research has shown that productivity reduced during the last quarter.
But for SMEs with tight budgets and a compact workforce, finding inexpensive ways to maintain employee enthusiasm and output is key in the run up to the holidays.
Here, the small business experts at AXA PPP healthcare reveal the top seven ways employers can help staff stay motivated and engaged right up to the big day:

Say thanks – Saying thank …

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[ 15 Dec 2017 | No Comment ]

One in seven employers admit they would be reluctant to hire a woman who they thought may go on to have children, according to a YouGov survey for women’s charity Young Women’s Trust.
In the survey of 800 HR decision-makers, a significant number were hesitant about hiring women in their 20s and 30s who might have children in the future – despite it being illegal to make hiring decisions on this basis. Concern was more common among male HR decision-makers (18 per cent) than female decision-makers (10 per cent).
A quarter indicated …

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[ 14 Dec 2017 | No Comment ]

By Elizabeth Gammie, Head of Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University
The gender split of undergraduate and postgraduate students studying business related subjects at Universities in the UK is around 50/50 and female representation for entry level graduate jobs within the discipline also reflects this balance. However, in a similar vein to many of the professions such as law and medicine, as women and men in the corporate world progress up the career ladder the balance starts to shift in favour of men.
Failing to promote women to leadership positions wastes the …

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[ 14 Dec 2017 | No Comment ]

We all know that this is a paper free world, right? Of course it is, so how is it that we still have drawers, cabinets, trays, shelves and any other space in our office piled up with the stuff?
In all seriousness, paper-free practices are fantastic, and have led to a huge reduction in the amount of physical paperwork we have to deal with. Invoices, bills and statements can all be accessed online, and can be stored away in folders of the virtual variety.
Having said that, anyone who believes the days …

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[ 14 Dec 2017 | No Comment ]

Mothers Who Make, a grassroots national initiative that supports mothers who are artists, has been supported by Arts Council England to develop hubs across the UK, commission new work and create a digital platform. Mothers Who Make is committed to creating spaces where every kind of maker is welcomed, and every kind of mother. For participants, access to these spaces provides a ‘vital lifeline’ during a time when motherhood requires a renegotiation of their artistic practice.
Mothers Who Make network has received support from some of the UK’s top cultural venues …

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[ 13 Dec 2017 | No Comment ]
Pssst! Please pass this on to your teens (Is Your School Lying To You?)

Compromise. Trade off. Robbing Peter to pay Paul. Burning the candle at both ends. Any way you phrase it, the work-life balance is hard and getting harder and despite more companies embracing flexible working, there’s always the uncertainty that not being in the office is giving your co-workers a professional advantage over you. On paper, we’re around the middle of the pack when it comes to working hours but that doesn’t take into account the £31.5 BILLION we give our employers in unpaid overtime, working through lunch, staying late and …

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[ 12 Dec 2017 | No Comment ]

I’m now 32 years old, have two children, a husband and a home made business run from my kitchen table. At 28 I left a career in museums to be a stay at home mum, moving to my husbands home town of Northallerton at 38 weeks pregnant.
Whilst being a stay at home mum was very much my choice (I felt blessed and privileged to be in a relationship where that choice was accepted and encouraged) I also felt, at times, lonely and under stimulated yet stressed. I day dreamed that …

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[ 11 Dec 2017 | No Comment ]

This year’s Female FTSE Report, by academics at Cranfield School of Management and Exeter University Business School, sponsored by Aviva and the Government Equalities Office, reveals that while the number of women being appointed to FTSE 100 boards has increased, few women are fulfilling senior roles on those boards.
The percentage of women holding FTSE 100 non-executive (NED) positions is at an all-time high of 33%, but the percentage of women holding executive directorships remains low at just under 10%. This year, six women hold Chair positions and a further 14 …