Editorial Features

Keeping employees safe when travelling abroad

  Article by Nicki Kempston

The terrorist attacks two weeks ago in Brussels are a sad reminder there are ongoing risks when traveling to major cities and the threat from terrorism does not appear to be going away any time soon.

So what measures should companies who have employees travelling abroad take to ensure their staff remain safe?  We provide some advice for Companies and for their business travellers.

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50 years of women in business in 2016

  Article by Dr Lynda Shaw

Cognitive Neuroscientist Dr Lynda Shaw says employees in the UK are often unmotivated because businesses don’t truly understand the importance of an effective review and rewards system being put in place.

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The Modern Woman’s Guide to Business Wear

  Article by Nicola Burgess

Starting out in a business can mean a lot of challenges and a lot of important meetings, and for women one of those challenges is how to look the part when meeting new colleagues, impressing new clients or networking for contacts. 

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Redundancy - No need to crush them

  Article by Dr Lynda Shaw

The culture of making someone redundant has changed so much because of the fear of litigation that workers are leaving crushed, according to cognitive psychologist and business neuroscientist, Dr Lynda Shaw.

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Will your employees get 30 days minimum this holiday year?

  Article by Nicki Kempston
 
If you operate a non calendar holiday year i.e. April – March then you may need to take some action now to avoid breaching the Working Time Regulations (WTR) in the 2016 – 2017 holiday year.  This issue was caused by Easter being late this year and early next year so it may occur twice in your holiday year and that would mean ten bank holidays in the current year but only six the following year.  If your contracts of employment state you give employees eight bank holidays per year then they could be two short next year.

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5 Signs You’re on Your Way to Your Greatest Success

  Article by Lenka Lutonska

Taking your life and business to a whole new level can be one of the most exciting times in your life. I know this because that’s what I’m experiencing right now.

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Are you in the queue for pension auto-enrolment?

  Article by Nicki Kempston

By October this year, companies with 30 – 60 employees on 1 April 2012 will need to enroll with all remaining companies enrolling between October 2015 and April 2017.

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More than just the weather

  Article by Kate Stoakes

Kate Stoakes, Executive Assistant to the Met Office Chief Executive, describes the variety of services the Met Office provides for businesses ...

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How to Silence Your Inner Critic

  Article by Lenka Lutonska

Inner Critic - that loyal companion of every entrepreneur, opening its mouth when we need it least.

"You can't do it! What if you fail? You will make a fool out of yourself!"

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Moving House? Planning and Packing Tips

  An Article by Pack and Go

As an office professional, your time is precious and you have enough stress and strain in your day to day jobs without adding to it through a house move. Moving house can be a trying experience but with a little forward planning, it doesn’t have to be – our advertising partner 'Pack and Go!' has some timely tips.

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Get Fully Booked: 15 Ways to Increase Business Credibility

 

Article by Lenka Lutonska

In an ideal world, building a successful business would go like this:
• Great business idea
• Develop product/services
• Offer to prospective clients
• Gain lots of clients


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Psychology of risk management in business

  Article by Dr Lynda Shaw

Women and men are programmed psychologically to differ in risk-taking in business, but both are taking more calculated risks in 2014 following the battering the UK took in the last recession according to cognitive psychologist and business improvement specialist, Dr Lynda Shaw.

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Carmen MacDougall - In the Spotlight

  The latest of Mike Caridia’s ‘In the Spotlight’ interview series.

Carmen shares an insight into her early days in business and how she is seeing the VA industry grow.

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How To Resolve Conflict: 5 Simple Tips

 

Article by Lenka Lutonska

I just got off the phone with one of my clients. At one point she said: “I know I should confront her and express my concerns, but I just don’t like conflict.”

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Small businesses are still struggling to invest in training

 

Article by Dr Sylvia Baldock

Whilst it is widely acknowledged that training is an essential part of a business’s ability to progress, UK small businesses are struggling to invest in training due to a mindset of reduced spending during the recession according to business improvement strategist and professional trainer Sylvia Baldock.

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Survey - The concerns of the small business

  Article by Dr Lynda Shaw

Cognitive neuroscientist Dr Lynda Shaw recently conducted a survey to analyse the concerns and issues facing small businesses today.

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10 Tips on Public Speaking

 

Article by Dr Sylvia Baldock

Sylvia Baldock is a Personal Presence and Team Dynamics specialist, Talent Dynamics Consultant and trainer, author, public speaker and a business/personal coach.

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The Psychology of a Motivated Workforce

  Article by Dr Lynda Shaw

Cognitive Neuroscientist Dr Lynda Shaw says employees in the UK are often unmotivated because businesses don’t truly understand the importance of an effective review and rewards system being put in place.

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Top tips for holding a meeting whilst walking

  Article by Sarah Liveing, Founder of Walking Works

It’s great to have a meeting with no interruptions. If you don’t have a good meeting room then meet outdoors for a walk so you can have one another’s undivided attention.

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The importance of personal presence

  Article by Dr Sylvia Baldock

Following a turbulent recession small businesses are finally getting back on their feet, but HR leaders in the UK must focus on building dynamic teams full of personal presence to truly survive this unsteady economic climate according to Business Improvement Strategist Sylvia Baldock.

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What would Barack Obama do?

 

By James Sweetman

Like me, I'm sure you watched Barack Obama's inauguration as US President on January 20th. For me he is a source of inspiration. I feel better about myself when I listen to him, a sign of a true leader. Recently, when faced with challenging decisions, or at times when I'm feeling nervous, I find myself asking 'what would Barack Obama do if he was in my shoes?' Such a question is a great way of accessing our inner wisdom.

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Do conferences only cater for corporate peacocks?

  Research by Keele University

We are constantly reminded of the value of face-to-face meetings, but now one university believes the standard conferencing methods don’t always help organisations get the most from delegates, because they are geared towards ‘corporate peacocks’

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Getting the best out of outsourcing at your company

 

An article from Moorepay - providers of cloud based HR and Payroll Solutions

Outsourcing has grown in popularity in rapid fashion over the past few years, as the process effectively enables businesses to seek out the assistance of an exterior source to monitor and handle a raft of vital tasks.

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Ageing in the Workplace

 

A survey by Dr Lynda Shaw

Ageing raises tough questions - With the pros and cons of an ageing population, retirement and people working longer regularly and fiercely debated in the media and political arenas, cognitive neuroscientist and age diversity specialist, Dr Lynda Shaw, conducted detailed research to find out more about people’s attitudes to ageing in the workplace.

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Solid Event Management Skills are a must for any PA

 

Claire Derrick, Director of Education at Ashdown Academy.

Most office workers today probably have more to do than they ever have before. As efficiencies are made, people have to pick up things they may have only touched on before. We all feel busy and burdened with work we may not have started out with.Read full article

     

Email correspondence – Be careful what you agree toL

 

By Grant Esterhuizen, Lester Aldridge LLP

It is generally accepted in today’s world that a contract can be created via email. However, businesses need to be aware that a strand of case law is developing which may result in certain emails being construed as a binding contract which could unwittingly commit a business, just by clicking the “send” button.

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Don’t Understimate the Young

  An Article by Dr Lynda Shaw

The younger generation need to be encouraged to stay in the UK before they seek work elsewhere around the world, urges Psychologist and Age Specialist, Dr Lynda Shaw. Western birth rates are declining, the global birth rate has dropped from 22/1000 of the population in 2000 to 19.14/1000 last year and the world is “shrinking” becoming increasingly easy to travel and more westernised.

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A Personal Best

 

By Louise Hodgson

With a finger in every pie, the personal assistant has one of the most challenging roles in any business.

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10 Tips on how to nurture the talent of your team

 

Article by Dr Sylvia Baldock

Sylvia Baldock is a Personal Presence and Team Dynamics specialist, Talent Dynamics Consultant and trainer, author, public speaker and a business/personal coach. Read full article