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Londoners commute on average of 74 minutes every day

Commuting in the UK has always been an issue, with an average commute nearly an hour long at 54 minutes. But, according to Instant Offices, it’s Londoners who bear the brunt of this with the longest commute in the country at 74 minutes – almost twice the worldwide average of 40 minutes.

Contributor: Jakiya Rahman | Published: 19 July 2018


The growing trend of duvet days

A recent study into ‘duvet days’ suggests that employees are feeling increasingly stressed, with 61% admitting that they have taken a ‘duvet day’ from work in order to recuperate. Bed and sleep specialist, Time 4 Sleep, has considered the benefits of duvet days and found that they’re more important than you might think to your employees’ mental health and wellbeing.

Contributor: Jonathan Warren | Published: 18 July 2018


“Touch Base” Most-Hated Phrase For Second Year In a Row

Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, identified what words or phrases irritate UK employees the most in order to highlight to jobseekers the risks of using office jargon and the impact it can have on relationships at work. A new survey reveals that the UK’s most annoying office buzzwords in 2018 are “touch base”, followed by “no brainer”.

Contributor: Unknown | Published: 17 July 2018


Tick-box recruitment depriving businesses of talent

According to research by Robert Half, close to nine in ten business leaders (87 percent) made successful hires when evaluating cultural fit – congruent values, beliefs and outlook between the candidate and company – as well as their potential, while only 8 per cent of hires were deemed unsuccessful.

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 16 July 2018


EU temps needed to keep key industries going post-Brexit

British firms could come unstuck in key sectors like food supply if the government does not allow employers to continue to access temporary and seasonal workers from the European Union (EU) after Brexit. Launching the report, REC chief executive Neil Carberry says: “With employment at record highs, firms are already struggling to fill vacancies.

Contributor: Neil Carberry | Published: 15 July 2018


Fair pay agenda is not going away

According to a new survey, gender pay equality is becoming a more important factor for three in five UK employers (58 percent) when making individual base pay decisions. Half of UK employers (51 percent) said they had recently checked their pay arrangements to ensure they are meeting equal pay obligations and almost a third (29 percent) are planning to do so. 

Contributor: Hazel Rees | Published: 14 July 2018


UK Facing ‘Unmanageable Stress’

In the UK, more than a quarter (26 percent) of stress sufferers report work as the reason. Other typical sources of stress such as finances, family issues and health problems cause people in the UK less stress than their working lives. The 2018 Cigna 360° Well-Being Survey explores concerns and perceptions about well-being in 23 countries and territories around the world.

Contributor: Phil Austen | Published: 13 July 2018


Brexit chaos more nerve-wracking than the World Cup

'We’d rather watch England take penalties in the World Cup final than see the final round of Brexit negotiations so disunified'. Supporters of a soft Brexit cheered on Theresa May’s victory over Hard Brexiteers; only to see an own goal by Brexit Secretary David Davis followed by an opportunist move by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, potentially reverse an excellent result.

Contributor: David Jinks | Published: 12 July 2018


Whistleblowers suffer ‘rat’ reputation despite acting in public interest

Whistleblowers risk their jobs to expose secrets and bring high profile people and institutions into light for public scrutiny. Despite this bravery, new research from HEC Paris reveals that whistleblowers suffer from a legitimacy deficit in society and are often portrayed as traitors and rats.

Contributor: Hervé Stolowy | Published: 11 July 2018

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New global trends, new international employee benefits

The pace of growth in different areas of the world is changing, and as employers send staff to new regions, they need to adapt to these changing trends to ensure they comply with legislation and that staff are properly supported. The economy in East Asia and Pacific is buoyant and growth is anticipated to reach 6.3% this year*.

Contributor: Sarah Dennis | Published: 10 July 2018