Workplace.

Ageism at Work Is Widening the Leadership Skills Gap

Charles Elvin | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Charles Elvin

The benefit of diverse teams is that it encourages innovation through different skills sets, and people working longer contribute to the success of the economy. Essentially over 50s are still the leaders of tomorrow.

Can We Help Boardrooms Find an Untapped Reservoir of Talented Women?

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Debbie Bannigan

I'm an old-school feminist. I joined the workforce a week after my 16th birthday, less than two years after the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act hit the statute books. Although we had an Act of Parliament to say that we couldn't be discriminated against, I'm not sure that everyone believed it. Certainly my dad didn't.

It's Okay Not to Be Resilient All the Time

Vicky Bullen | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Bullen

A quick straw poll of some of my friends and colleagues revealed that, whilst many of the emerging themes were common resilience themes, a real plethora of slightly unexpected techniques came through - so I thought I would share some of those.

How Does a Sceptic Beat Stress at Work? I Go for a Walk

Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Tamblyn

I don't particularly like the word 'wellness'. For me it immediately conjures up images of people drinking overpriced coffee in sweatpants after having spent a fortune on some revolutionary new yoga routine that involves balancing your cat on your head.

Two-Thirds Of Workers At Risk From Dangerous Substances

PA / The Huffington Post | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

More than two-thirds of workers could be at risk from potentially dangerous hazardous substances, research has found. According to a study of 500 p...

Have You Failed to Spot a Toxic Work Environment?

Adam Strong | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Adam Strong

Excessively long hours, a willingness to take payment in lieu of annual leave, staff giving up their weekends as a matter of course... something's seriously wrong with this picture. Is there undue pressure on your staff to accept this as the norm?

Management Apprenticeships - Stereotypes and Old Misconceptions

Charles Elvin | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Charles Elvin

It is National Apprenticeship Week this week (9-13 March) and for the Institute of Leadership & Management, the fate of management apprenticeships is a key topic of conversation due to the limitations on funding.

All in Your Head? Protecting Your Mental Health at Work

Rhiannon Dance | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rhiannon Dance

It started years back with small things. In meetings I noticed I would feel panicky if I wasn't sat by the door- I felt trapped in the room, as if everyone's eyes were on me. I much preferred to be at my desk, head down, getting on with my work.

Is Your Dog Getting Too Much 'Me Time'?

Claire Stallard | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Claire Stallard

Although we can't change the fact that dogs want to spend most of their time with us (and why would we as this is what makes them fantastic companions!), we can at least help them by preparing them well for spending a bit of time on their own, should they need to.

Love on the Agenda

Charles Elvin | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Charles Elvin

More than 70% of managers surveyed said they had no problem with workplace romance as long as those involved acted professionally.

Which comes First: the Heating or the Internet?

Stuart Rock | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Tech
Stuart Rock

Fast broadband means that the location of a business can now be more of a lifestyle choice. Geography simply no longer is a constraint. Today, according to the FSB, half of all Scottish businesses are home-based, for example, sustaining nearly one in five private sector jobs in Scotland.

Mental Illness and the Workplace, How Flexible Working Can Offer Relief

Eleanor Taylor-Davis | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Eleanor Taylor-Davis

Unfortunately, poor mental health and an office environment are about as diametrically opposed as you can get; one relies on infallible structure, rigorous regime and confidence, while the other is unpredictable, volatile and strips you of identity.

Is It Ever OK to Cry at Work?

Hannah Cottam | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Cottam

Was her emotional outburst really so off putting? I mean, we live in a time when you can't really turn on the television without someone on screen crying, but should this be replicated in a professional environment?

Building World Class Industrial Innovation: It Takes Us All!

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Increasing innovation is one of the cornerstones of the European Union's plan to reindustrialise Europe and ensure a solid recovery from the economic crisis. It is a laudable aim. Economies with strong manufacturing industries were more resilient to the impact of the economic crisis.

4 Tips for Career Planning in the New World

Lily Bissett | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK
Lily Bissett

I remember starting my career as an intern in the city, working with my mentor to figure out my steps up the ladder and how quickly I could each hit each title. My career remained as fluid over the next five years. This is what I learned.

The Ugly Side of the Service Industry

Zosia Eyres | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zosia Eyres

The zero hour contract means that staff can be cancelled from a shift at any time but if we cancel without 48 hours notice, money is docked from our pay - no matter the reason for absence. For those who are relying on money to pay rent, it can be a very stressful and difficult lifestyle.

7 Workplace of the Future Predictions for 2015

Tim Stone | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Tech
Tim Stone

With new, more advanced mobile devices giving employees the freedom to work from anywhere, these technologies will continue to reshape the look and feel of the "office." Here are my top seven technology predictions for 2015, that I believe will transform how we work now and in the future.

Dealing With Gaffes at Work

Corinne Mills | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
Corinne Mills

Have you succumbed to the dreaded "foot in mouth" disease? There seems to be a lot of it about at the moment particularly affecting politicians, CEOs and sports personalities. It can be very incapacitating in the workplace so if you've already gone down with it or feel the symptoms coming on, I have some tips to help.

Employees Behaving Badly

Charles Elvin | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Charles Elvin

The corruption of the world's biggest currency dealers was exposed recently, leading to US and UK regulators imposing £2.6bn of fines on six major banks. Although an extreme example, what we have here is a prime illustration of how bad behaviour in the workplace can have incredibly serious consequences for the organisations involved.

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.

From Busy to Super Busy: Why It's Time to Give Up the B Word

Daniel E. Browne | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel E. Browne

Being busy is a sort of laziness. While it can mean "actively fully engaged or occupied," when it rolls off the lips of most people it means being overwhelmed and unable to cope. Most people are trapped in overwhelm, and rather than actually looking at the totality of what there is to do and making rational choices...

Can Turning Work Into Play Turn Us Into More Driven Employees?

Crispin Reed | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Tech
Crispin Reed

A major theme at this year's event was corporate wellness and how employees - a company's most important asset - could be better taken care of by businesses. Many exhibitors at the Congress were on hand to demonstrate some aspect of corporate wellness from fitness initiatives to technology-enabled programmes.

Ten Worst LGBT Insults at Work

Ian Johnson | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK
Ian Johnson

Work is something that is a fact of life for most of us. Just like being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is too. But when those two intersect it is not always simple - nor easy...

Improving Representation of Women in Science and Engineering

Barbara Stocking | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Tech
Barbara Stocking

I am passionate about equality in the workplace. It is frustrating that many barriers still exist for young women graduating today. It is unfair for the talented women missing out on rewarding careers, and it is detrimental to the UK economy.