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CIPD responds to EU Referendum ‘leave’ decision and what it may mean for the world of work

June 27th, 2016

EUIn response to the leave decision in the EU Referendum Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, comments: “Now that the British people have had their say on Britain’s future relationship with the EU and voted to leave, it’s important that the Government and UK businesses take time to properly assess the long-term impacts of any decisions that they take going forward. (more…)

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June 23rd, 2016

Making small improvements and behaving as an ‘Everyday Athlete’ can improve life span by more than three years, according to Vitality, the health and life insurer. Based on analysis of 6,600 members over the course of 12 months, Vitality found that previously sedentary members who increased their activity levels to the Government recommended 150 minutes a week saw their life expectancy boosted by more than three years (3.1 years). Members who increased their activity levels to 90 minutes saw an increase of almost three years (2.7 years) and exercising just 60 minutes a week saw an increase of more than two years (2.4 years). (more…)

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Being obese or overweight could cause 7.6 million cases of disease by 2035

June 22nd, 2016

obeseMore than 7.6 million new cases of disease linked to being overweight or obese could be diagnosed in the UK during the next 20 years, according to the Obesity Health Alliance. If the worrying trend in obesity continues, around 40 million adults in the UK could be overweight or obese by 2035, with 45 percent of adults in the lowest income bracket being obese. (more…)

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Brits struggle to raise a smile before 9am

June 21st, 2016

smileBupa UK reveals that more than a third of people (36%) never smile at a stranger before 9am and of those that do, only one in three people (34%) smile once a day. As National Smile Month draws to a close, research also shows that a smile from a stranger has more impact than good weather when it comes to Brits raising a smile. (more…)

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National Living Wage likely to temporarily boost earnings, but weakening employment growth is not just about the uncertainty of EU Referendum

June 20th, 2016

graphsCommenting on ONS Labour Market Statistics, Gerwyn Davies, Labour Market Adviser at the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, says: “The pick-up in wage growth we’re seeing today (15th June) might seem to suggest that the tight labour market is finally feeding through to wages. However, this boost to earnings may be short-lived unless employers are able to increase their productivity to meet the additional cost of the National Living Wage. (more…)

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Employment lawyer issues Euro 2016 warning

June 17th, 2016

euro 2016The month-long Euro 2016 tournament will be a minefield for firms with some workers likely to be absent during the big matches. That is the alert from employment lawyer Darryll Thomas who says businesses must prepare themselves for both legitimate requests for annual leave during the tournament. (more…)

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CBI calls for firms to be flexible on referendum day

June 16th, 2016

referendumThe CBI has called on businesses throughout the UK to help ensure that their employees get the opportunity to visit their polling station and vote in the EU referendum on 23 June. (more…)

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New CareerBuilder Survey Reveals How Much Smartphones Are Sapping Productivity at Work

June 15th, 2016

smart-phoneWhile technology helps workers stay connected while away from the office, in many cases it is causing them to disconnect while in the office, leading to a negative impact on productivity. According to new CareerBuilder research, one in five employers (19 percent) think workers are productive less than five hours a day. When looking for a culprit, more than half of employers (55 percent) say that workers’ mobile phones/texting are to blame. (more…)

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Euro 2016: 10 qualities needed to win it

June 14th, 2016

footballInternational footballers are more likely to be winners at Euro 2016 if they possess the mental capacity to become champions, according to new research. The psychological qualities that contribute towards success – whether it is on the football pitch or in the boardroom – are the subject of research currently being carried out by Zircon Management Consulting. (more…)

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ADVO shortlisted for three categories at the 2016 VIB Awards

June 12th, 2016

ADVO are delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for three categories at the 2016 Very Important Benefits (VIB) Awards; ‘Best employee benefits consultant’, ‘Best flexible benefits provider’ and ‘Best use of technology for reward’. 2016 will mark the second edition of the VIB Awards following their incredibly successful launch last year. (more…)

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