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ADVO Group interviews Peter Ames, Office Genie

From the Olympics to Wimbledon and the European Football Championships, we’ve seen a summer packed with major sporting events. A recent survey by Office Genie (established as Desk Space Genie in 2009) found a huge majority of UK employees have been engaging with the summer’s sporting events when they should have been working. The survey of 1,504 workers also explored the common approaches undertaken by managers during this period, and the potential pitfalls involved. In this interview, Office Genie’s Head of Strategy, Peter Ames, provides his insight on the survey’s findings, discussing the best options and policies for managers and the next major distraction on the calendar.
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ADVO Group interviews Shaun Subel, Strategy Director at VitalityHealth

Recent research by VitalityHealth found that making small lifestyle improvements and behaving as an ‘Everyday Athlete’ can significantly improve overall life span. In this interview, Shaun Subel, Strategy Director at VitalityHealth, provides his analysis on the findings, highlighting some of the easiest and most effective improvements we can make to our everyday lives and the huge motivational effect of the Olympic games.
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ADVO Group interviews James Holder, Expat Academy

James Holder has been been working in the field of global mobility for over twenty years, during which time he has been Global Head of Mobility at BP and Diageo and Head of EMEA at Goldman Sachs. Over the last few years, James has been a Director at Expat Academy, an organisation seen as the unofficial body for the global mobility industry in the UK, running a range of networking and training events for the industry and providing Corporate Membership for a number of companies. In this interview, James discusses some of the common mistakes made by employers sending staff overseas and his predictions for what could be the biggest obstacles thrown up to the global mobility industry from the recent Brexit referendum result.
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ADVO Group interviews Patrick Thomson, Senior Programme Manager, Centre for Ageing Better

The Centre for Ageing Better recently partnered with Business in the Community to call for employers to recognise the benefits that older workers can bring to their workplaces. In this latest interview, Patrick Thomson, Senior Programme manager at the Centre for Ageing Better discusses this new partnership, the vital importance for employers to retain and recruit older workers and his advice for employers to create an age friendly workplace.
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ADVO Group interviews motivational speaker Mandy Hickson

Before turning to motivational speaking, Mandy Hickson led an inspiring career as a jet pilot in the RAF. The obstacles that Mandy overcame to succeed in this career path, and the unforgettable experiences gained in the front line have enabled her to draw striking and powerful parallels to the world of business, human resources and management. In this interview, Mandy discusses the value for business and beyond in remaining calm under pressure, the key lessons learnt in her time in the RAF and how she transitioned to her new role as a speaker.
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ADVO Group interviews Kim Harvey, Neuroleaders

Neuroleaders deliver leadership and coaching programmes that are underpinned by Neuroscience. The company was founded by Kim Harvey who comments “The scientific evidence that is coming out of neuroscience offers great insight into how our brains fire through fear and motivation and how we can build resilience in our ability to cope with change”. In this interview Kim provides her expert insight into the company’s recent article titled ‘How inspirational leaders create a climate of trust‘, which looked at the important relationship between a climate of trust and employees feeling empowered as well as how good leadership can itself be learnt from a neuroscience perspective.
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ADVO Group interviews Oran Kiazim, Vice President of Global Privacy, SterlingBackcheck

SterlingBackcheck works with more than 20,000 companies worldwide to help them hire the best talent. This ranges from small local businesses to FTSE 100 companies. In fact, more than 20% of the FTSE 100 rely on SterlingBackcheck for their employment screening. The company recently released the findings from a study which found that only 58% of organisations conduct any background screening checks on new hires. In this interview, Oran Kiazim, Vice President of Global Privacy at SterlingBackcheck, provides his expert insight into the findings of the study. Oran previously worked at the Court of Justice of the European Union as the lead UK law specialist, advising on EU Justices on various aspects of UK law. He has consulted on data protection and privacy issues for companies operating in EMEA as well as the United States and Canada.
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ADVO Group interviews Olivia Hill, Chief HR Officer, AAT

AAT is the UK’s leading qualification and membership body for vocational accountants, with over 130,000 members around the world. The company recently revealed search findings which found that the experiences of men and women working in finance vary drastically in terms of pay, progression and prejudice. In this interview we gain some further insight into the research from Olivia Hill, Chief HR Officer at AAT with more than fifteen years of experience in the HR field.
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An interview with Elizabeth Naulls and Dr Subashini Mm, Aviva UK Health

Recent research from Aviva found that only 43% of UK adults are a healthy weight. The study also found that although 36% of UK adults say they want to lose weight or improve their BMI, only 16% are motivated to eat a more balanced diet and 13% to exercise more regularly. In this interview we gain a further insight into the findings of this research with Dr Subashini Mm, Clinical Transformation Lead at Aviva UK Health and Elizabeth Naulls, Senior Propositions and Market Development Manager, Aviva UK health.
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Celebrating ADVO Group’s ‘best of the best’

ADVO has a reputation for placing its employees at the heart of the company. The high levels of expertise and customer service provided by its staff have been frequently recognised at some of the industry’s most respected award ceremonies. Additionally, ADVO’s commitment to developing its employees has also been recognised through their ‘Investors In People’ Silver Accreditation. A further example of ADVO’s employee-centric approach is its ‘Best of the Best’ Awards presentation. The event highlights key achievements of its staff and celebrates efforts of those who have truly gone above and beyond expectations. The annual presentation also culminates in naming ADVO’s ‘Employee of the Year’. With such a strong performance from all staff throughout 2015, naming the employee of the year was not an easy task.
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