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Stop smoking services may boost mental health of people with depression

January 20th, 2017

Smokers with depression who successfully quit smoking using stop smoking services may see an improvement in their mental health, according to new research, funded by Cancer Research UK and published in Annals of Behavioural Medicine. Researchers at Kings College London and the Charles University in Prague who studied people attending a stop smoking clinic in the Czech Republic, found that successful quitters had a considerable improvement in their depression. (more…)

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The workplace training debate

January 19th, 2017

Bosses are refusing workers key training opportunities that would make them more effective and productive, according to new research. A survey of 1,003 US workers, carried out by the US largest training provider, The Knowledge Academy, revealed that almost half (47%) say their employer has refused them training opportunities in the past. (more…)

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CIPD responds to Prime Minister’s Brexit speech

January 18th, 2017

Responding to the Prime Minister’s Brexit speech, Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, said: “It’s important that businesses have clarity about what the Government is seeking to achieve in the negotiations, so we welcome the details of the Prime Minister’s speech. (more…)

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Benefits not designed to motivate today’s workforce

January 17th, 2017

Unattractive benefits packages can hamper a company’s ability to retain and motivate younger generations, according to research from Bupa. The study of 2,000 employees finds that 46% of Gen Z (under 25s) say their companies’ benefits fail to appeal to their generation. Just behind that, over a third (37%) of Gen Y feel the same way. These two groups are also the most likely to want change. About half of Gen Z (51%) and Gen Y (46%) employees wish their employers would ‘seriously reconsider’ how they reward staff. (more…)

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Hate your job? You’re not alone: majority of workers are looking for a new role this January

January 16th, 2017

Feeling down about your job this Blue Monday? New research suggests that you’re not alone, as the majority of UK workers (84.4%) are currently looking for a new role. The news comes from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, which also revealed that over a third of workers (35.8%) dislike their current job. (more…)

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Health tech could be the key to a fitter, healthier workforce

January 13th, 2017

The workplace could be the best place for the mass adoption of health tech in the UK helping to improve and maintain employees’ health through company wellness programmes – if only workers got more support from their employers. And, despite the recent explosion of health tech ownership in the UK, leading to lots of personal data being generated, there are doubts from data academics about whether this information is being used to the best effect by individuals alone. (more…)

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One in four people performing poorly at work due to money worries

January 12th, 2017

A quarter of people are suffering with money problems so substantial that it is affecting their ability to do their job, according to a new survey of more than 1,800 UK employees. The number reporting problems rises to a nearly a third (31%) among 18-24 year olds, and those living in London (32%). (more…)

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Overweight Sedentary Workers Costing the UK £8.2 Billion

January 11th, 2017

Alarming figures reveal that 63% (NOO.org) of Brits have strolled into 2017 either overweight or obese; despite around 35% holding a new year’s resolution to lose weight last year. However, disappointingly less than 10% actually stuck to these promises. With so many living such an unhealthy lifestyle, it has proven to have a detrimental effect on Britain’s industries. (more…)

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Office workers spend 1K a year at work

January 10th, 2017

The cost of working in an office – from charity donations to work nights out – leaves the average Brit £1,000 out of pocket each year, according to a new poll from Nationwide Current Accounts. Despite Christmas being out of the way for another year, going back to work is unlikely to mean to the end of people’s spending. The poll reveals the average office worker is likely to spend £1,003.20 a year due to office life – and that’s not including breakfast, lunch or travel. (more…)

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Salaries rise across the UK in December

January 9th, 2017

Despite December being a quieter month for recruitment, average salaries across the UK increased by 1.1% last month, when comparing data with November 2016. This is according to the latest statistics from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library. The data found that key cities saw promising hikes in pay, when comparing both year-on-year and month-on-month data. (more…)

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