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Sewage smells, rodents and shabby carpets – the UK workplace in 2019

A nationally representative poll of 2,000 people found that 83 percent of UK adults consider their workplace to be an “unpleasant” environment, with many citing uncomfortable temperatures, lack of natural light, unpleasant smells, damp and mould, poor ventilation and even vermin and insects among their complaints. 

Contributor: Nick Bizley | Published: 11 June 2019

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What does the perfect office space look like in 2019? 

A third (36 percent) of business owners prefer to have an open plan office with private areas for managers, plus almost two-thirds (63 percent) would also like parking. Alternatively, employees tend to like the idea of a standard open plan office (35 percent) that is closer to home (57 percent).

Contributor: Rose Howarth | Published: 11 May 2019

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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

Top 10 most popular workplace perks revealed 

A study of 2,315 UK workers shows the perks that prove most popular with the workforce. Respondents selected extracurricular clubs (97.57) and a pool table (92.03) in the top two spots, in the Great Perk Search Report by Perkbox.

Contributor: Chieu Cao | Published: 2 April 2019

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End AIDS stigma at work now

On the thirtieth anniversary of World AIDS day on 1 December 2018, Dr Hala Evans, Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Bedfordshire, believes that the next frontier in the fight against HIV/AIDS is making workplaces sensitive and tolerant places for sufferers.

Contributor: Hala Evans | Published: 6 December 2018

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Bias is still alive and kicking at work

A worrying 58 percent of UK professionals think leaders have a bias towards those who look, think or act like them; Over half (57 percent) of respondents say there have been occasions where their career progression has been limited due to their background Just 35 percent professionals trust their leaders to deliver change on diversity and inclusion.

Contributor: Yvonne Smyth | Published: 1 November 2018

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The top three demotivators in the workplace 

A new study from has found that over seven in ten UK employees want their employers to do more to motivate them. The research by Reward Gateway, which surveyed over 2,000 UK employees, found that the less motivated an employee is, the more likely they are to value their salary as a motivator.

Contributor: Rob Boland | Published: 31 October 2018

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Don’t be haunted by Halloween – dos and don’ts to trouble free workday

For many employers the realisation that Halloween falls mid-week will send a shiver down the spine. While the annual fright fest can bring out the ghoulish side of even the best-behaved employee, there’s no need to ban celebrations altogether. Contributor Donald MacKinnon, Director of Legal Services - Law At Work.

Contributor: Donald MacKinnon | Published: 31 October 2018

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Third of remote workers contract back pain

Ergonomic working practices are not being extended to home workers; 37 percent of home workers say they have experienced new back pain since they began working from home. 58 percent of employees say they received no help or guidance from their employer on how to set up a workstation at home that supports healthy posture

Contributor: Stuart Nottingham | Published: 12 October 2018