Knowledge workers feel out of step with their own organisation

Knowledge workers feel out of step with their own organisation

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Many knowledge workers don’t feel they share common goals with their employer and colleagues, according to a study of 17,000 people by Slack. The State of Work Report summarises the findings, including the effect of this feeling of a lack of ‘alignment’ on organisational and personal performance and the role of technology in aligning people […]

Firms with a balance of men and women outperform male dominated rivals

Firms with a balance of men and women outperform male dominated rivals

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The share performance and other metrics of listed companies with a balance of men and women tend to be better than those of male-dominated rivals, according to a new report from Morgan Stanley. The report is based on Morgan Stanley’s HERS ranking, a new measurement the investment bank has developed to evaluate gender diversity at […]

Skills for the future of work laid out by new task force

Skills for the future of work laid out by new task force

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Because qualifications are only part of the story for employers, who are placing more emphasis on essential skill sets, like teamwork, presenting and problem-solving, but these are often difficult to assess at the recruitment and selection stage. In response, leading organisations from the education and employment sectors (the CIPD, The Careers & Enterprise Company, Business […]

Humans are main weakness in fight against data theft

Humans are main weakness in fight against data theft

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Only four in 10 (42 percent) businesses focus on compliance training as part of their cybersecurity protocol to ensure sensitive data is kept secure, claims a new report from ESET and The Myers-Briggs Company. The paper reports that most worryingly, 63 percent rely predominantly on passwords. According to the Cyberchology paper that investigates the link […]

London commercial property market continues to thrive

London commercial property market continues to thrive

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July saw some of the largest deals complete in central London this year, says Savills, with a total of £1.394bn transacted in the West End and the City of London across 13 deals, representing a 185 percent increase on the £489m transacted in June. The real estate adviser highlights the low exchange rate coupled with […]

Younger workers believe flexible working is essential for mental health

Younger workers believe flexible working is essential for mental health

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Nearly 40 percent of people under the age of 45 who have flexible working believe it has offered marked improvements in their mental health, a survey from Wildgoose claims. The firm conducted a survey of the workers to ask for their thoughts on working culture and the impact it has on a range of life […]

Working carers of children and parents are at breaking point

Working carers of children and parents are at breaking point

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‘Sandwich carers’, those people who look after children and their relatives alongside work, are struggling to cope with the burden of juggling caring responsibilities alongside their job. Around 1.3 million people in the UK now fall into this category and new research from BHSF claims that many are at breaking point. 44 percent said they […]

Insecure leaders prefer to take advice from machines than people

Insecure leaders prefer to take advice from machines than people

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Leaders who are in danger of losing their position are more likely to take advice from a data algorithm than another human, research from BI Norwegian Business School claims. Psychologist Ingvild Müller Seljeseth conducted studies where participants were assigned to either stable or unstable leadership positions, which they would lose if they made a wrong […]

Increase in non-EU workers eases skills challenge

Increase in non-EU workers eases skills challenge

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The sharp increase in non-EU citizens coming to work in the UK has helped to ease recruitment difficulties for medium and high-skilled roles, according to new research from the CIPD and Adecco Group. Despite employment growing strongly over the past year, the number of applicants chasing each medium and high-skilled vacancy has fallen relatively modestly […]

Productivity decline linked to poor employee financial wellness

Productivity decline linked to poor employee financial wellness

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Almost all (98 percent) employers believe that their employees’ financial wellness has a direct impact on productivity and their business performance – especially concerning employee productivity (67 percent) and engagement (62 percent). This is according to the Future of Pay research study (registration) by technology firm ADP, which surveyed 4,000 employees and 2,900 businesses to […]

Helsinki tops global rankings for work-life balance

Helsinki tops global rankings for work-life balance

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Helsinki is the world’s best city for work-life balance according to a new study from technology business Kisi which compares data on a range of factors such as “livability”, work intensity, institutional support, equality and legislation to rank cities. Helsinki, Munich, and Oslo are the three best ranked cities while the cities deemed as having […]

Changing nature of work revealed in official data

Changing nature of work revealed in official data

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Many aspects of the changing nature of work in the UK are highlighted in a new official report into the number of hours worked in the country. The UK’s ongoing productivity challenges, highlighted by another ONS report last month, are well known, but the new data suggests that a number of common suppositions about the […]

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