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Tackling the Taboo of Flexible Working

Janvi Patel | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Janvi Patel

I think flexible working is the new way forward and for us and our market, it is the only way forward. Now is the time for employers to be brave, to seize the opportunity and embrace the future model of working. Flexible working is not just about a better work/life balance, but about making us all - employees and businesses alike - more effective.

Will Uber Be the Boss of You?

Carys Roberts | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Tech
Carys Roberts

Technology may be neutral but how it impacts on work and who benefits is not. Our politics - and public policy - will remain vital in shaping these outcomes, and ensuring that Uber works for us and we don't end up working for Uber.

Geography Saved Me - Now It Threatens to Destroy Me

Chris Shaw | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Shaw

Geography, as a subject worth knowing anything about, tends to rank somewhere south of media studies and sociology in most people's estimation. The on...

Dear Graduates

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Long story short, my life has been pretty much mapped out up until now. And in some ways it's liberating to not know what's coming next. But it's also completely terrifying. So can anyone provide me with some reassurance or advice or anything really? Am I alone in feeling like this? Will things work out? What do I do next?

Introverts Are Doing It for Themselves at Work

Helen Sanderson | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Sanderson

It doesn't come naturally, but I'll be upfront: I'm an introvert. Some of my best friends are introverts. At the Ministry of Calm we love introverts. We're everywhere. But many of us struggle to perform at our best when at work.

Are You Too Pretty or Too Ugly for Success?

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

In specific industries a woman's appearance is vitally important- modelling is one of them and you'd think (according to Miller's theory) one where men are feeling very uncomfortable and distracted. But are we applying the same criteria to other industries too?

How Embracing Your Background Can Empower Your Life: May J. Talks About Her Mixed Race Heritage, Music, and Pursuing Her Dreams.

Emma Leverton | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Emma Leverton

Achieving a dream career requires determination and drive, and when we look towards success it's easy to forget that our histories are much more than ...

Is Work Too Important In Your Life?

Susan Leigh | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Leigh

Clearly work is an important part of all our lives, it provides us with purpose, challenge, occupation as well as necessary income, but, as the saying goes, 'no one ever said on their deathbed that they wished they'd spent more time at work'.

Why We Want International Students to Work in the UK

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

The international students in the UK provide British universities with so much money, it would really not be detrimental to us in any significant way for them to work part-time or find graduate jobs after studying. Many of us Brits love to travel, study abroad, work abroad, and retire abroad. We need to be more open to those who wish to do the same in the UK.

Five Steps to Professional Confidence

Becky Walsh | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Walsh

This 'act as if' technique comes from a creative idea of what you believe is correct service in that situation. So here is a list of tips to look confident in any situation in which you haven't a clue what you're doing!

The Government Is Capping Deaf Young People's Ambitions And Aspirations

Susan Daniels | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Susan Daniels

What of those deaf young people who need ongoing regular support in order to thrive and prosper at work? The cap has sent them a very clear signal - to cap their aspirations and settle for something beneath their hopes and expectations.

Alexandra Shulman Is Right - Things Do Change When You're On Maternity Leave

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Parents
Anniki Sommerville

It was good to hear a successful woman speak about maternity leave in an honest way. This is one area where women can sometimes have quite mad expectations. Having a baby is truly transformative - you aren't the same person and everything changes.

Most Common Job Hunting Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Kirstie Mackey | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Kirstie Mackey

The latest NEET figures show that one in eight young people are still not in education, employment or training. While there are many reasons for this, often, it can be simple things during the job application process that hold young people back. LifeSkills created with Barclays is a programme that aims to help young people build their employability skills and help them when they are applying for jobs. Below are some of the most common job hunting mistakes we see and tips on how to avoid them:

Flexible Working Still Isn't Flexible Enough

Alfie Stirling | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
Alfie Stirling

Flexible working in its current form, where many women are expected to work fewer hours than men in all phases of their life time, simply isn't flexible enough for anyone.

As Someone With a Learning Disability, Working Has Given Me Confidence and Independence

Vicky Hiles | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Hiles

My name is Vicky, I have a learning disability and I've been able to find full-time paid employment. Finding paid work has given me more confidence and independence. I want more people with a learning disability to have a chance of working because they can do it.

Seven MORE Ways to Leave an Impression

Vicki Marinker | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Marinker

Using words like 'I think' and 'I believe' diminish your authority. Similarly, going up at the end of your sentences and creating a question? It makes you sound uncertain of your opinion? Be BOLD. Your audience may not agree, but they will admire your conviction.

Never Have Enough Time? Simple Solutions to Help You Reclaim That Lost Time

Alisa Burke | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alisa Burke

The best way to stay focused and not get distracted by time munching tasks is getting a good dose of intentionality. This means that when you wake up each morning, ask yourself what you are going to achieve today?

Working From Home - My Top Tips

Natasha Colyer | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Colyer

Set an alarm for a normal waking up time. Waking up swaddled in your sumptuously soft duvet, the groggy morning haze streaming through the window and the world waking up around you, makes it hard to get up.

Criticism Is Not as Simple as the Block Function on Twitter

Tami Mir | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Tami Mir

During this week, I read some tweets on personal criticism, Hilary Clinton, her years in politics and how she takes the criticism directed towards her. She quoted Eleanor Roosevelt's advice "Take criticism personal but not seriously, and grow a skin as thick as a rhinoceros."

Are You In the Snapshot of Your Life?

Dr Toby Silverton | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Toby Silverton

Being Front & Centre is not about having the "right" Filofax or the top of the line electronic organiser, no it is about meeting your own needs, taking your wants seriously, and putting your dreams, your precious dreams, Front & Centre in the picture of your life.

Why Successful People Don't Talk About Their Kids

Charlene Allcott | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Parents
Charlene Allcott

Children, they're everywhere. They're like a plague. You can't take a casual stroll anywhere without tripping over a couple. Now more than ever the mantra of 'seen and not heard' has been replaced with seen, heard and instagrammed. Yet even amidst the kid friendly revolution it seems that people who don't bang on about their children get better breaks and here's why.

The 'Work/Life Merge'- It's Official. Friend or Foe?

Professor Ewan Gillon | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Ewan Gillon

Our work and home life are no longer two separate entities. This merging of worlds has been made possible due to mobile technologies and portable WiFi, so whilst we may be out of the office in body, we're still there in mind.

How to Cope With a Job You Hate

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Gabrielle Leimon

Consider a full turn around. Work in your loathed job for as long as you can stick it and quit. Then go work abroad and completely change your surroundings. I know that this option isn't always affordable or possible for people, but changing your surroundings may be the therapeutic change that you need.

Why Office Workers Should Stand For At Least Two Hours Each Day

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Office workers should use sit-stand desks to ensure they are on their feet for a minimum of two hours a day during working hours, according to new rec...

Eight Ways to Keep Fit and Be in Control of Your Professional Life

Maite Baron | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

We all know that it's important to keep fit and healthy. Yet when you're under continual pressure trying to meet deadlines and juggling priorities, it's easy to trust in your ability to just keep going and ignore what your body and mind might be telling you differently.