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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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[ 1 Dec 2017 | No Comment ]

With millennials soon to make up more than half the total workforce and research showing that they are motivated more by improving the world than work prestige or big money jobs – how can small businesses attract and retain top talent?
According to Marco Barbosa, founder of eSolidar and one of Forbes top 30under30 Social Entrepreneurs, the answer lies in Corporate Social (and Environmental) Responsibility (CSR).
Here’s why:
A study by Bentley University found that 84% of millennials felt that making a positive difference in the world was more important than professional recognition.
The …

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[ 29 Nov 2017 | No Comment ]

As a business owner, you’ve probably heard a lot about the benefits of offering perks and unique advantages to the people who work for you. When it comes to deciding which perks to offer your employees, there are several awesome options available, all of which could make coming into work a better and more enjoyable experience.
However, it’s also a good idea to offer help and support for your employees on the practical side of things, such as offering them health insurance that will entitle them to private healthcare under the …

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[ 28 Nov 2017 | No Comment ]

The old saying, “fake it ’til you make it” is an idea loosely based on the original idea of Aristotle, who postulated that in order to be a virtuous person, one must act as a virtuous person would act. The idea being that if you tell yourself something over and over, head would soon follow heart. In business, there is some value to these sentiments.
Previously, we explored the idea of letting go of one’s ego in order to truly succeed in business, with the idea that our negative thoughts and …

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[ 27 Nov 2017 | No Comment ]

Theresa Goble and Morag McLaren started a business together for the first time in their mid-50s when they felt that the time was right and they had the skills to build a sustainable business.  Their company Vox Integra provides training for professional singers and delivers courses worldwide.  As both cofounders approach their 60s and have 35 years’ experience each in their chosen profession, they realize they are bucking convention for start-ups, which is often seen as a young person’s game.
There’s no perfect age to start a business but if you’re …