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Working Our Lives Away?

Steve Taylor PhD | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Taylor PhD

Is this really what we were born for? Is this really what life should be about? Of course, if you're lucky, you might have a job which is fulfilling, which suits your innate interests and skills, and which you find challenging and stimulating.

The Tory Chairman Is Very Confused Over The Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Politics

Tory chairman Grant Shapps seemed to suggest he both supported the minimum wage and wanted it scrapped, after being asked whether he agreed with new ...

I Asked My Daughter What She Wants to Be When She Grows Up... Her Answer Surprised Me

A. Dassu | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
A. Dassu

Have you ever heard someone say that they want to be 'just' a mum or a dad when they are an adult? If they have, I wonder what the reaction was? We are always expected to have another role. Mothers are now expected to go to work, have a career, and play a role financially even if a partner supports them.

Five Freelancing Faux Pas

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Self-discipline is a common problem for freelancers. Whether you're checking social media or getting distracted by your cat, it's easy to stray from your work without a boss breathing down your neck, which causes all sort of problems.

Happier Than Office Workers? Freelancing Was Just About The Most Stressful Job I've Had

Poorna Bell | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

I quit my office job in 2008, utterly frazzled and having just born the brunt of being managed by a terrible boss. I was exhausted, disillusioned with journalism, and just wanted an environment where I wasn't being bellowed at daily. Freelancing seemed the perfect option.

If You're on the Wrong Path, Find Another One

Suzanne Hoare | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Hoare

When considering my 16 year old self, I see a naïve, but ambitious, girl who wants to make her parents proud. At 18, she knows she is good at Law - her exam results say so - and she can't think of anything she would rather do at university. So, that's the path she chooses.

In the Age of the Snap-Judged CV - Would Yours Make the Cut?

Piers Linney | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Linney

As employers, we know how tough it is out there, but that doesn't stop us wanting the very best people for the job, particularly as these new recruits could one day become the leaders of our businesses. We want to see evidence that these young people have got what it takes to negotiate the complexities of today's workplace.

Balls to the Rat Race!

Sara Damergi | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Damergi

Like lots of people I had a dream to travel the world. Not in bite size two week trips. I wanted to really travel and have the luxury of getting to know a country inside and out, to do yoga in India, stay with tribes in Vietnam and generally be a bit of a hippy with an income that required little work.

Your Career: Success With A Smile

Claire Lim | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Lim

It was one small comment from the presenter that day that confirmed what we'd been striving for all these years has been achieved. It's easy to get the January blues but, since then, whenever I've been a little stressed I remember what I'm thankful for and get on with it.

Thinking of Changing Your Career?

Pam Warren | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pam Warren

You need the skills of a business owner, accountant, marketer, promoter, supplier, quality control, creative director and producer all rolled into one. You need a steely determination to succeed and the grim self-motivation to keep moving forward.

How to Create Great Work Relationships in 2015

Sarah Abell | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Sarah Abell

Whether your relationships at work are good, dreadful, or indifferent, there's always room for improvement.

Productively Lazy?

Dominic Irvine | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Dominic Irvine

You could be forgiven for thinking that we in the UK are a lazy bunch.

Outside Education, Employment and Training - Our Students Are Heading That Way, But We're Getting Them Back on Track

Amy Lalla | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Amy Lalla

This week is the big return to work, and I'm wondering what sort of a holiday my students have had. The meal we treated them to at Nando's just before Christmas was probably as good as it got for some of them.

How to Follow Your Bliss in 2015...

Neil Gibb | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Neil Gibb

It's that time of year again, when everyone seems to be shrilly offering advice - how to be more successful, make a fortune, find the perfect job. The really annoying ones tell you how you can have them all at once - plus how to meditate, write a best selling novel, and solve world hunger at the same time.

Stressed Out, Anxious? How To Be Happy In 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Preskey | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

We know that the concept of happiness is relative - if there was a one-size-fits-all quick fix to make us feel good then you wouldn't be reading this....

Bad Work Is Worse Than No Work, So Why Should Unemployed People Take Any Job?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
Nick Stephenson

If we want the kind of economy and country where all are empowered to make the most of their careers and lives, and where the needs of the many are prioritised over those of the few, we need to understand the real story behind the coalition 'recovery'.

It's Time for a New Approach to Help People With Mental Health Problems Into Work

Paul Farmer | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Farmer

There is a significant prize here for all concerned. For people with mental health problems, a chance to find appropriate work in a supportive workplace; for employers, the opportunity to support the mental health of all staff; and for the wider economy, the potential to deliver a significant change to our society.

From Work Disengagement to Soul Fulfillment

Maite Baron | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Even in our technological age, people are still the best asset of any business. Unfortunately, while employers may want the best from those they employ, not all are prepared to give it. And not all companies are willing to invest in their workforce to make sure that happens.

Five Big Tips for Going Back to Work After Maternity Leave

Andrea Mara | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

Going back to work after maternity leave is a time of mixed emotions for many mothers - for some it's a worry, for some, it's exciting. And for most, it's a lot from column A and a little from column B.

This Guy Stacks Watermelons In Style

The Huffington Post UK/Zoom.in | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Comedy

Sometimes the simplest of jobs can be done in the most spectacular way. This guy knows how to get his job done in style....

Working From Home: The Good, The Bad and the Gluttony

Sian Hughes | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Sian Hughes

This week, I've been mostly thinking about the pros and cons of working from home, which I'd like to share. I'll begin with the bad news...

Four Business Lessons From Ganache Macarons: The Sweet Taste of Success

Maite Baron | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

These guys should be an inspiration to anyone who has ever wanted to set up their own business doing something they love, but hasn't, maybe because they haven't wanted to borrow the funds to do it with or simply didn't know how to get sta

Digital Skills - Taking It One Town at a Time

Duncan Higgins | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Tech
Duncan Higgins

It's a widely held belief that the UK's small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. With 99.9% of all UK private sector businesses classified as SMEs and a collective turnover of £3.3 billion, they're an economic force to be reckoned with,

Is It Okay to Cry at Work?

Mike Shaw | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Shaw

Crying is our way of showing something's wrong to other people, letting them know we're going through some kind of emotional anguish. Given the pressures and stresses of work it's the kind of place where, very occasionally, we feel the need to raise a flag and have a cry.

Stranger Than Fiction

Caragh Little | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Tech
Caragh Little

My favourite health and fitness app measures how many steps I've taken each day and how deeply (or- most often- not) I've slept each night. It calculates the balance of the calories I've consumed, and gives me a helpful nudge if I've had too much salt, sugar or saturated fat. It sets me targets, and gives me a virtual pat on the back if I meet or even exceed them.