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Avoiding the Work Christmas Party headaches

As we snowball into the festive season, talk is inevitably turning to the work Christmas party. You’ve been working hard for the whole year and now it’s time to slip into your most flattering Christmas jumper and have some festive fun! But for many bosses, the prospect of the office Christmas party is enough to send them headfirst into the Eggnog. Novelty jumper-clad staff, fuelled by a mix of alcohol and the shedding of work stresses and relaxed inhibitions, can be a heady mix indeed – plus of course, the… Continue Reading
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When did you last review your employment contracts?

Chances are, if it wasn’t in the last 5 years then they are seriously out of date, legally out of date, uncompliant, out of sync with your company values and probably not worth the paper they are written on! Ok, so I might be exaggerating slightly on that last point, but the sentiment is clear – you wouldn’t let your buildings insurance contract renew for 5 years on the trot without reviewing it would you? Your contracts of employment are absolutely a form of insurance for your business. In the… Continue Reading
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Would you ‘bank’ your Bank Holidays?

Is it just me, or is the idea of Bank Holidays a bit old hat? Yes, I know its historical origins, and yes, I also agree that a well-earned day off now and then is really quite smashing – in fact, I believe, they are essential to our general health and wellbeing. Oh yes, I am definitely pro the principle of Public Holidays! It’s not the general idea of a Bank Holiday that’s grating with me though – it’s the unchanged application of an 18th century construct in the 21st… Continue Reading
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Why I’m fed up with the gig economy bashers

Over the last decade the gig economy has transformed the way we work and do business. Access to remote working has changed the definition of work and the workplace dramatically. Advances in technology continue to facilitate flexible and remote working, and austerity measures are a reality for us all. This has meant that employers have had to become super savvy about slashing costs by cutting back on fixed costs – one such option is replacing permanent staff with freelancers. I would argue that the rise of the freelance nation has… Continue Reading
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Have you stress tested your workplace?

International Stress Awareness Week is coming up and it’s got me thinking. Stress is normal and healthy right? It’s what we feel when a situation is hard to handle, be it a good or bad situation. When people feel stressed by something going on around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood. These chemicals give people more energy and strength, which can be a good thing if their stress is caused by physical danger. But it goes beyond the normal when it’s a regularly occurring thing, and… Continue Reading
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How am I going to get this people stuff delivered?

A recent study found that small business owners are on the brink of a burnout due to their heavy workload. SME leaders and managers are close to hitting boiling point because of the stress and pressure that comes from running a small business. Just under a half (47%) of the business owners cited their lack of time as the main source of the work stress and pressure. So, I always say a problem shared is a problem halved. You don’t need to struggle on, breaking your back. There are alternatives,… Continue Reading
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Team building + Volunteering = Business win

I’ve been doing my bit! Click here to donate today to my Muddy Race for Life…   If I told you that approximately 70% of FTSE 100 companies have a volunteering programme, would you be surprised? I know I was! So, there must be a compelling reason why our biggest and most successful corporates do this. After all, they have budgets and performance targets like the rest of us. So how do they justify this ‘charitable’ financial commitment to their returns-hungry shareholders? Because they know that engaged employees make better… Continue Reading
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Duvet Day, yay or nay?

Let’s face it, life just doesn’t get any easier. We are collectively working longer hours than ever before, juggling busier working lives and family commitments. What with the prospect of health issues left right and centre (dicky knee, anyone?!), eternal traffic jams and seemingly endless queues for our daily shot of Skinny Cortado I’m surprised we even make it through the week! Some days we just want and need to STOP. Turn off the alarm. Stay in bed. Rest. Relax and recharge. So why not? Why not just pull a… Continue Reading
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