British business travellers spend record £1 billion on business trips to the US in 2015New analysis(1) by Collinson Group reveals that UK business travellers spent £1.05 billion on business travel trips to the US in 2015, the first time it has risen above the billion-pound mark and up 35% from 2014. Such is the value of the US market that the amount spent in 2015 was more than the combined value of the next two markets: Germany (£451 million, up 26%) and France (£408 million, up 1%).
Should employers clamp down on Pokemon Go?
Popular game prompts questions over use of personal devices, as Boeing becomes first business to ban it at work
The take-up of smartphone game Pokemon Go has been so remarkable - and the experience of playing it so immersive - that employers may need to revisit their policies to prevent a productivity glut, according to experts
Employers opt for temporary staff as permanent recruitment plummetsHiring decreases to lowest point since 2009 recession; HR opportunities also affected, say specialists
The number of people being hired on a permanent basis has dropped more quickly than at any point since May 2009, according to a widespread study of recruiters.
The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) report, compiled by Markit, found that nearly 38 per cent of recruiters placed fewer people in permanent positions in July, compared with 32 per cent in June.
UK workers experienced sharpest wage fall of any leading economyUK workers have suffered the biggest fall in real wages among leading OECD countries, according to new analysis published today (Wednesday) by the TUC.
The analysis shows that between 2007 and 2015, real wages in the UK fell by 10.4% - a drop equalled only by Greece.
By contrast, over the same eight-year period, real wages grew in Poland by 23%, in Germany by 14%, and in France by 11%. Across the OECD, real wages increased by an average of 6.7%.
4 Things you Need to Know about the Nutrition Facts LabelWe all recognize the black and white Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods. Maybe if we are trying to be a little more health-conscious, we glance at it before buying food at the supermarket, more or less understanding how to decide which food is better for us. However, most of us prefer to ignore the nutrition facts label either because it doesn't interest us, or because "ignorance is bliss".
How Stressful Thinking Impacts YouMost of us experience tension daily, often it's hour by hour or worse minute to minute. How we cope with stress and worry determines whether we move forward or allow it to hold us back. Habitual negative thinking is often frenzied, inaccurate, and undependable, yet you can go through your entire life with negative thoughts that cause unproductive behavior and a more difficult life. Most people dealing with stress especially chronic stress assume that there's no getting around it, and its just the way life has to be. But this is certainly not the case!
For Meeting Planners OnlyIn planning traditional conferences and meetings, you consider who your target audience is, what topics need to be covered, who your keynoters and workshop presenters should be, and how much time should be allotted for each session.
Equally important as those details are to the overall success of your event is the venue and the ambiance. If people can't get to the location easily and affordably or if they aren't comfortable while they're there, your best planning won't matter. Accessibility is critical when choosing a location. When the site is difficult to find, hard to navigate or unreasonably costly, attendance will suffer.
When Managing Difficult People, Don't Let Pet Peeves Hook You
Do you have any pet peeves that annoy you about other people? Some of people are reluctant to admit their pet peeves. They believe they shouldn't have any, or they're too embarrassed to admit to them.
Some people will talk about things that irritate them about other people, and drive them crazy. Things they disapprove of, find embarrassing, or just don't like.
Guidelines to Follow for Event Fire Safety
No matter the size of the event, or where it is located, there is always a risk for a fire to break out. When you are in charge of planning a special activity, it is your responsibility to make sure that the attendees, dwelling, and the surrounding areas are going to be adequately protected in the instance that a fire emergency does occur.
3 Ways To Increase Focus In The Workplace
Most human resources studies show levels of disengagement in the workforce have never been higher.
While this can be down to numerous reasons, from a poor workplace culture and inadequate reward systems, to poor leadership, there is also the element of distraction that plays an increasingly large part in this trend.
Getting a Job - Five Tips for Interview Success
- What do I know about the job I am applying for?
- What do I know about the organisation who will be employing me?
- What do I know about myself?
- What do I know about the world at large?
- What do I know about the wider context of the organisation's market-place?
5 Ways to Kill Employee MoraleMaking sure the company is running efficiently and effectively is more complicated than hiring qualified people and telling them what to do. Having an incredible staff to support and carry out your business’ goals will only get you so far; the key is fostering a community within the workplace in which your workers not only feel comfortable to work and produce quality results, but empowered to take ownership and make decisions which will have a positive impact to the company.
Does Being Disorganized Make You Less Effective?An effective manager is an organized manager - because being organized reduces distractions and removes the unnecessary from your life. Sometimes "getting organized" is easier said than done, however.
But if you can't keep your own workspace in order, how can you expect to properly manage others? If you begin your meetings half-focused on your computer screen, how can you expect your words to have much impact?
Why Having a Public LinkedIn Profile is So ImportantWhether you’re considering new employment opportunities or not, LinkedIn is a fantastic tool to build your professional profile. Beyond the amazing job search benefits it provides, it can also put you in touch with professional colleagues that may contribute to your future success in the industry, and may attract future clients to you and your company.
The Difference Between Mentoring and Coaching
Mentoring usually involves being guided by someone who has already done what it is that you are trying to do. For example, organisations use mentors to train new members of the team. They will show them what needs to be done, watch what they do to make sure they are understanding the process correctly and they will give helpful hints and tips to make the learning curve a little less steep.
The 5 Simple Rules of Business Etiquette
There has always been an unwritten code of socially acceptable norms and standards throughout the history of human civilization. There are just some things you do and other things you don't do; some things that are appropriate and others that are not. But these unwritten laws don't just apply to hospitality or fine dining. They are just as valid in the world of trade and commerce.
Are You Planning a Holiday? - 12 Tips You Must Read Before Booking Your Vacation
Whether you take one holiday or six holidays a year, it is easy to forget some of the essential components that make for a happy and stress free vacation. It is wise not to jump in with both feet and take the first cheapest deal on offer at a travel agent. A bit of planning and thought can make what would be a mediocre holiday into the 'best holiday' ever.
5 Ways to Make Work Easier
- Do you often eat lunch at your desk?
- Are you working long hours?
- Do you find that you regularly get to the end of your day and realising you haven't achieved what you set out to do?
'Yes' to some or all of these? Well, watch out. You're putting yourself at serious risk of suffering from the effects of stress.
Study proves female board members improve share priceHaving female managers on the board improves a company's share price, according to new research from Skema business school.
Shares in these firms have risen by 60% from 2006 to 2016, despite the overall benchmark falling by 4.43% in the period.
Competitive workplaces hold women backWomen take competition with other women at work too seriously and it could be damaging their careers, new research from UCL School of Management reveals.
Competition with female co-workers taxes women's work relationships. Women could struggle to interact with female co-workers, becoming overly cutthroat and mean, which can restrict their career progression.
UK office workers spend two years of their lives preparing for, and attending meetingsThe survey of 1,005 office workers revealed that the average worker attends 3.7 meetings every week, spending one hour nine minutes preparing for each meeting and one hour 22 minutes actually attending it.
In any given working week, this means that office workers are spending more than a day preparing for, and attending meetings. Across a 40 year career, this equates to a total of 17,470 hours - two entire years of someone's life or around 10 years of work time.
A new study from Centrify reveals that 75 per cent of adults in the UK would stop doing business with, or would cancel a membership to, an organisation if it was hacked. ..more
Almost three quarters (73%) of UK Human Resources (HR) directors believe employees are likely to call in sick or make an excuse for skipping work, the day after a major sporting event such as the UEFA..more
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Many people feel uncomfortable when on the subject of money and the old adage of "If you don't ask you won't get" rings true in these cases..... more...