UK Work

What Do We Want From Work? - How Work Became Life and Things Got Tricky

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Anniki Sommerville

When I started my first proper job I had low expectations. I'd been working in a furniture shop and it involved standing up for long hours and watching other people buy stuff I couldn't afford. This new job offered me my own laptop and a sit down desk. It seemed like a step in the right direction.

What's Really Happening in the World of Work?

Cameron Tait | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Cameron Tait

While it is crucial we anticipate how the world will look in the decades ahead, it is even more important that we properly understand how the world of work is changing right now. Only then can we find the solutions to the growing anxiety in the UK's workforce today.

Women in Charge - Seeing is Believing

Katherine Press | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Katherine Press

We're living in interesting times, to say the least. On one hand you wouldn't be blamed for screaming in a panicked manner about the madness everywhere. On the other, if you're like me, you're quietly excited about the genders of our leading politicians.

Get Over Yourself and Embrace the Pre-Life Crisis

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joseph Musgrave

The pre-life crisis means that, before you really have any major financial or familial responsibilities, you are thrown into a den of confusion about what to do for the rest of your life - or at least, how to make the best start to your professional life.

Breastfeeding Mum Takes Revenge On Fridge Raiding Colleague

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Parents

A breastfeeding mum who was fed up of her colleague stealing her coffee creamer devised a clever plan for revenge. She used her breastmilk to fill up ...

Future Proof Your Teens: Money Lessons They Need to Know

The Huffington Post | Phillip Othen | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If you simply say ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’ to your teens, chances are they’ll either literally or metaphorically put their fingers in the...

The Control Agenda

Ed Mayo | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ed Mayo

Over the last few weeks one word has begun to feature more prominently in our political debate. Not referendum, not uncertainty, not leadership... but control.

Six Ways to Enhance Productivity This Summer

Thomas Smith | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Smith

Summer is an excellent time to take a brief pause from a busy year and reflect on progress made in the first half of the year before beginning the second. Though relaxation is deserved, life has a vexing tendency to throw up unexpected events; staying productive and working through constant challenges will hopefully create a more productive second half of 2016. The following six steps are aspects worth considering to enhance your work rate.

It's All About the Workers Now

John Hayes | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
John Hayes

We must embrace a genuinely bottom-up view of civic entrepreneurship so that the workers are empowered to generate revenue and better their communities. It will be about education and collaborative (often local) partnerships to let many millions of flowers bloom. For the UK in 2016, it is the only way forward.

Careers Advice in Schools Needs a Revolution: Let's Hope the Government Are on the Same Page

Tanja Kuveljic | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Tanja Kuveljic

Careers advice and work experience opportunities offered to young people as they progress through the school system have been ineffective for decades. With the issue receiving fragmented interest from successive Governments, schools have been ill equipped to provide the appropriate balance of guidance and experience that our young people need.

Brexit Aftermath: Flipping the Bird at the Elite?

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

The decision to Brexit is one of the most irrational collective decisions in recent history, because those already feeling the heat have turned it up even higher, proving to be their own worst enemy. It was a destructive move, but it wasn't a bolt out of the blue either.

9 Ways To Feel Less Anxious At Work

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Work can be stressful, that's a fact. But it doesn't have to ruin your day. Here are nine things you can do to help ease work-related anxiety: 1. Ta...

The Future World of Work Is Changing - Are We Ready?

Chris Jones | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Chris Jones

We'll never be able to predict perfectly what the future workplace could look like. But the bottom line is, businesses and individuals need to be prepared so they are in a stronger position for whatever the new world holds.

Brexit? Try Jexit As Your Job Moves Abroad

Nick Stephenson | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Cameron cannot be surprised that the anger of his victims is uncontrollable, and having unleashed it he is unable to point it where he wants. The furious won't be harnessed, but their jobs may disappear to the EU if they vote to leave.

The Sports Direct Shambles Shows Why the Law Alone Will Never Protect Workers

Rebecca Winson | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Rebecca Winson

One of the great things about the trade union movement though, is that simply by existing it protects workers whether it's allowed into a workplace officially or not. By ensuring that a big enough stink was caused about Sports Direct that Ashley has been dragged in front of MPs, Unite have done more for Sports Direct workers than Ashley has ever even considered doing.

Work Hard for a Good Reason

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

It's no secret - I detest work that requires sitting down and I detest work that requires using my brain. These two traits were the cause of my dismal...

The Night Tube

Olivia Jones | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Olivia Jones

I wouldn't like to assume what the Night Tube is going to be like but after once speaking to the ticket inspector on the high speed service from St Pancras International to Strood, I understand that the later the service, the more unpleasant the experience. He nick named that service the Vomit Comet, which I think dangerously glamourises it.

Try-oomph

Danielle Wood | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Wood

By definition, success is accomplishing an aim or purpose. Success is subjective: to one it is working on Wall Street while to another it's efficientl...

Notes on Denmark: People and Practices

Harvey Wilks | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

Eight months after moving to Denmark, I'm now straddling that crepuscule between things being novel and others becoming the norm, so in this lucid moment I wanted to jot down a few observations, about my experience of Denmark and, more importantly, about the people who hail from it - an invitees examination, if you will.

Employers Have No Excuse to Ignore Mental Health

Adam Stones | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Adam Stones

There is a lot written about mental health in the workplace and a lot of ideas on how to protect and support employees fly around. And yet many organisations still do not act - are they confused by where to start, shackled by the stigma that still surrounds mental health, or have simply failed to understand the imperatives?

The Rules Have Changed: Gender Roles in Modern Society

Kathrine Bejanyan | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kathrine Bejanyan

At the heart of most relationship problems nowadays is unclear expectations and contradictory roles or goals between partners. Modern couples are plagued with a whole set of new problems - where to live if each partner's job is in a different location?

Stop Overthinking Your Millennial Employees

Dom Fletcher | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK
Dom Fletcher

In many ways 'millennial-talk' is hyperbole. Taken literally, if I believed everything that has been written about millennials - I shouldn't be writing this. My sense of entitlement would mean that I'd be resigning from my third job to launch a start-up that sells digital mindfulness from a semi-derelict storeroom...

When Trying to Be Productive Can Harm Productivity

Grace Olivia Parry | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Grace Olivia Parry

Have you ever tried forcing something in life? Something unrelated to productivity levels, in this instance? What happens? My guess is, like pretty much every time, it fails. Things can only happen in life if we truly want them to. If we start to follow a path lined with uncertainly, it's never going to work out.

Why Training People Leads to a More Innovative Business

Mark Farrar | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK
Mark Farrar

Training is often viewed as only applicable for learning new skills and so employers do not always deem it necessary for some roles. The reality is that training delivers so much more. Absolutely, it builds new skills and increases knowledge - however, it also helps to reinforce the confidence in individuals, helping them to recognise their own capabilities.

Losing Your Job: One Year On

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Dyckhoff

Give yourself time to adjust and grieve for your loss. I looked to poetry to write out my insecurities, upset, and uncertainty of the future - you'll find something that can help you too.