Half of women would consider remaining childless rather than risk career

Half of women would consider remaining childless rather than risk career

The expansion of flexible working rights was not only intended to improve workplace wellbeing and productivity, but encourage mothers to remain in the workforce. But it seems there is much work to be done to convince women that work and motherhood can mix. New research from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has found that half […]

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Companies continue to neglect the strong business case for health and wellbeing

Companies continue to neglect the strong business case for health and wellbeing

The Government must comprehensively reform its strategy if it’s to tackle the barriers that remain for many businesses in implementing health and wellbeing programmes. This is the message from the Health at Work Policy Unit’s first paper which was launched yesterday (21 October 2014) by Lancaster University’s Work Foundation at an event featuring Professor Dame […]

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Religious leaders have their say on ongoing work-life balance debate

Religious leaders have their say on ongoing work-life balance debate

The UK’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has appealed to people to free themselves from digital slavery for at least one day a week. Speaking in The Times, the Chief Rabbi (pictured above) calls on all people to give up their smartphones, tablets and other devices for at least a day a week as part of […]

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Firms downsizing property dramatically as agile working takes hold, claims new report

Firms downsizing property dramatically as agile working takes hold, claims new report

The sharp reduction in the amount of office space used by corporate occupiers as they adopt more agile working practices has been confirmed in a new study from facilities management services provider MITIE. The survey, as reported in the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) magazine FM World, found that between the years of 2008 and 2014 […]

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Google and Deloitte set out blueprint for collaborative work in Australia

Google and Deloitte set out blueprint for collaborative work in Australia

Deloitte Digital has launched the final version of its report into the collaborative economy carried out on behalf of Google Australia. An interim report, published in July, estimated that the benefits of collaboration to the Australian economy is already $46 billion and could rise to $56 billion. The report also claims that collaboration could help […]

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Employers unready to meet demand for flexible working in UAE, claims report

Employers unready to meet demand for flexible working in UAE, claims report

According to a new survey from YouGov and Citrix, office workers in the United Arab Emirates are almost universally aware of the benefits of flexible working and increasingly demand it from their employers. Yet under a quarter of organisations ‘encourage and enable’ employees to work away from their main place of work routinely.  The report […]

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UK Government agency offers employers new guidance on BYOD

UK Government agency offers employers new guidance on BYOD

The UK Government’s National Technical Authority for Information Assurance (CESG) has updated its official guidance on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), one of the most widely discussed workplace technology phenomena. While it’s tough enough for everybody else to keep up with the personal and cultural implications of technology, the slow but exceedingly fine grinding mills […]

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Two more major US firms scale back flexible working because people work better together

Two more major US firms scale back flexible working because people work better together

Perhaps the most talked about workplace issue of 2013 was the decision by Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo to oblige the company’s homeworkers to return to the embrace of the corporate bosom. It was controversial but a lot of businesses clearly prefer people to work together in one place for significant periods of time. Yahoo’s […]

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Few employers offer digital tools or support for flexible working

Few employers offer digital tools or support for flexible working

As we reported recently, flexible working has become a massive recruitment incentive, and this is reflected in yet another survey which found nearly three quarters of parents rate flexible working as very important when they are looking for a new job. Homeworking remains the most popular form of flexi-work, yet according to the survey from Workingmums.co.uk of […]

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Successful employers will shape the future office around the needs of staff

Successful employers will shape the future office around the needs of staff

Nearly a third (32%) of British workers feel exhausted from juggling career, family, friends and other commitments, and do not think they will want to work later in life. This is contributing to increased levels of stress and a higher likelihood that they will leave their jobs, which – if left unchecked – could cost […]

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Workers struggling to balance home and work, according to CIPD report

Workers struggling to balance home and work, according to CIPD report

The UK’s workforce is struggling to find the right balance between their work and domestic responsibilities according to the latest Absence Management report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  The report also suggests that, although overall absence levels are falling, much of this is down to people going into work when they perhaps […]

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Two-fifths of global employees would choose flexible working over a payrise

Two-fifths of global employees would choose flexible working over a payrise

A friend of mine went for a job recently and asked about flexible working. They were informed that: “we don’t like to allow people to work from home as we can’t keep our eye on them.” This attitude is a disincentive to job applicants and existing staff, and makes employers who take this attitude look at best old-fashioned […]

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