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[ 7 Aug 2019 | No Comment ]

By Dan Kieran, co-founder and CEO of Unbound
Publishing is being changed radically through technology.  In the past the publisher was the gatekeeper, acting as an intermediary between authors and their readers.  Technology is now allowing authors and content creators to go direct to the readers themselves, without the intermediary function.
This is how I see the publishing industry changing in the near future and the opportunities this will provide:
Smaller publishers will increasingly provide award-winning books
While large publishing groups continue to use their old approach, they’ll continue to overlook potentially game-changing and …

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[ 6 Aug 2019 | No Comment ]

School may soon be out for summer – but if your mum runs a small business you may have to settle for a summer in the back garden. New figures out today reveal that only one in four female small business owners (25%) say they will be having a two-week holiday this summer. Overall, 42% of female entrepreneurs said they couldn’t afford to take a summer holiday this year (compared to 30% across the sector) and 13% said they were too busy to take more than the odd day off …

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[ 5 Aug 2019 | No Comment ]

  by Emma Sue Prince
We live and work in a world where uncertainty and change have become the norm. Even though we have all the information we could possibly want or need at our fingertips, our inability to manage its constant flow into our Smartphones and brains renders it useless. It seems as if we are constantly distracted, overwhelmed and unhappy.
But there are skills that we each have that really can help us to be happy right now. These skills need to become an essential part of our toolkit so …

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[ 4 Aug 2019 | No Comment ]

Throughout our careers, we experience many different personality types that influence our behaviours and professional personas. These encounters can often shape who we become as leaders, but have you taken the time to reflect on your management approach and considered how your team view your performance as a manager?
Whether you consider your leadership style as autocratic, democratic, transformational or laissez-faire, your ultimate aim is to keep your business running smoothly; which includes keeping your staff happy.
Love Energy Savings recently conducted a study on employee satisfaction, investigating how UK employees would …

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[ 3 Aug 2019 | No Comment ]

For UK workers, commuting time has increased by 18 hours compared to a decade ago, according to the TUC. A study by Totaljobs shows the average worker is set to spend a whopping £135,000 on their commute by the time they retire. Following these findings, Instant Offices investigates which cities around the world are the best and worst for commuting and whether a rise in flexible and remote working can finally tip the balance for UK workers.
According to the Department for Transport, London by far has the longest commute with …

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[ 1 Aug 2019 | No Comment ]

Two-fifths of small and medium businesses in England and Wales believe that legal advice is reserved for big businesses or those that can afford it, according to a recent survey by Nesta Challenges to mark the launch of the Legal Access Challenge. 43% of small businesses owners and self-employed people questioned agreed that the legal advice sector was not set up for them – a stronger perception than in the wider population where the figure is 32%. With 5.6 million small businesses in the UK, that could mean as many …

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[ 31 Jul 2019 | No Comment ]

by Paul Guess, CABA
Shared Parental Leave (SPL) was introduced in April 2015. When asked about it, the then Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg explained, ‘more and more fathers want to play a hands-on role with their young children, but too many feel that they can’t.’ The SPL scheme was a way to give more ‘choice’ to families.
Let’s just take a moment to understand what SPL really is. Since April 2015, dads have had a legal right to ask their employers if they can have an extended period of leave from work. People …

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[ 29 Jul 2019 | No Comment ]

The Warning Signs of Burnout and How to Avoid it
It’s the time of year many people take a summer break, but if you have no enthusiasm for a week or two off and feel like you can barely cope with your routine, you may be at risk of burnout.
According to HSE, around 15.4 million working days are lost in 12 months due to work-related stress or anxiety last year, with 23% of full-time employees admitting to feeling burned out at work all the time. Collectively, 63% of this group are …

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[ 28 Jul 2019 | No Comment ]

  by Emma Sue Prince
We live and work in a world where uncertainty and change have become the norm. Even though we have all the information we could possibly want or need at our fingertips, our inability to manage its constant flow into our Smartphones and brains renders it useless. It seems as if we are constantly distracted, overwhelmed and unhappy.
But there are skills that we each have that really can help us to be happy right now. These skills need to become an essential part of our toolkit so …

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[ 27 Jul 2019 | No Comment ]
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The average employee reckons they waste almost 15 weeks a year – carrying out “pointless” tasks at work, according to research. A study of 2,000 workers found typically 142 minutes a day – more than two hours – are spent doing admin, paperwork and attending meetings when they could be getting on with more important jobs. That equates to a staggering 76 working days across a 48 week year, assuming workers take four weeks annual leave.
It also emerged at least 26 minutes of every seven-and-a-half-hour day is spent working out …