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Would you recognise work addiction in the workplace?

As technology makes it increasingly easy to push beyond the 9-5, Lucinda Pullinger, Global Head of HR at Instant Offices explores how employees and business owners alike can recognise the difference between committed working habits and work addiction. 

Contributor: Lucinda Pullinger | Published: 8 May 2019


 Female firefighters at a high risk of post-traumatic stress disorder

The research also found that PTSD symptoms were more common among female firefighters, with one in five (20 percent) female firefighters indicating that they had experienced such symptoms, compared to one in eight (12 percent) male firefighters. 

Contributor: Professor Consuelo Arbona | Published: 7 May 2019


Could it be that UK are best at combatting stress?

Researchers analysed national policies governing things like healthy eating in the workplace, the promotion of physical activity and methods to tackle workplace stress. Worryingly, just 29 percent of ‘EU establishments’ - such as regulatory bodies - had guidelines or policies in place to help promote workplace health. 

Contributor: Mike Edwards | Published: 6 May 2019


Experience vs exams – what do employers really want?

In 2011, Macquarie University in Australia debated whether to get rid of exams completely. They argued that exams fail to develop questioning, independent learners and instead promotes a superficial and inauthentic understanding of subjects.

Contributor: Juanita Wyght | Published: 5 May 2019


What do the ISA season fund trends reveal?

The latest set of Investment Association (IA) data tells us where investors were putting their money in March, during peak ISA season. It was yet another poor month for the UK All Companies sector as investors pulled out £365 million, marking two years of continuous outflows.

Contributor: Laith Khalaf | Published: 4 May 2019

occupational health

Slips, trips, falls and violence cause the most common workplace injury

The data also reveals that construction is the most dangerous industry to work in, with 38 fatal injuries taking place in this sector last year, closely followed by the agriculture industry, which experienced 29 deaths as a result of workplace accidents.

Contributor: Jane Woodcock | Published: 3 May 2019


Tech developers are increasingly unhappy and disillusioned

Developers’ happiness is hugely affected by their age, gender and the rigour of the recruitment process, new research shows. The industry is steeped in issues, as nearly half of the developers surveyed are unsure they’ll be working for the same company in just two years.

Contributor: Razvan Creanga | Published: 2 May 2019


Poor choice of music in workplace seriously impacts performance

With 253 working days in 2019, this works out as 44 hours per year, or 5.84 working days. Taking into consideration the 32.53 million people that are employed in the UK, over 190 million days of productivity are forfeited due to office acoustics.  

Contributor: Mark Clisby | Published: 1 May 2019

Time to ban the “do you have a criminal record” tickbox?

Job adverts for roles at Guidant Global do not ask about criminal convictions and clearly state that they recognise the value people with previous convictions can bring to society and an employer. Instead, candidates will be invited to declare their unspent convictions at the interview stage

Contributor: Charlotte Woodward | Published: 29 April 2019


 Credit-card spend jumps 8.1 percent and it’s not a lifestyle choice to be celebrated

More likely, those caught in the payday poverty cycle, in which a monthly windfall doesn’t fit with the volume and frequency of outgoings that modern life imposes on us, forces people into short-term borrowing. They are using credit cards to make ends meet in a doom loop of credit dependency.

Contributor: Peter Briffett | Published: 28 April 2019