Workplace stress may be caused by fear, pressure or chaos. We may be fearful of some task we have to undertake, such as making a presentation. However, this is normal; indeed a little stress helps you concentrate on the task.
There has been plenty of debate in recent weeks about the new rules around flexible working and what this might mean for small businesses. As employees with more than 26 weeks service are now able to submit one flexible working request per year, The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills predicts that up to 20 million people across the country could be inundating their employees with submissions to work flexibly.
On 30th June, change to UK legislation meant that all employees now have the right to request flexible working, provided they have been in continuous employment for at least 26 weeks. But although employers have a statutory duty to consider applications, they can also reject them, and recent research from Citrix suggests that the latter may be indeed the case. It found that only one in ten small and medium sized businesses see the change as a positive move, despite the government predicting it will generate £475 million of economic benefits through increased efficiency and employee satisfaction in the first ten years.
It has long been the case that many estate agents just fall into the industry. Usually it is very early in people’s career, their first or second job. They start as a junior negotiator and work their way through the ranks, typically very quickly. Estate Agents earn a decent income for their age and skills as a direct comparison to other industries and many are believed to have a work hard, play hard ethos.
Technology is becoming more ingrained in our working lives and as a part of this businesses should adapt to keep up with new flexible working trends. Location is no longer a limitation as there is now the possibility to keep communication open with colleagues, suppliers and customers all around the world.
On 30 June, flexible working law was extended to enable all qualifying workers in England, Scotland and Wales to make a flexible working request.
Research by YouGov for Croner in March this year found that despite making it easier for people to work flexibly, the majority of employees (3/4) won’t be taking advantage of this opportunity, which will come as a welcome relief to small business owners worried about the impact this will have on their business.
Since its launch, 4G has seen a considerable uptake amongst UK’s large enterprises, offering superfast connectivity and increased workforce collaboration. However whilst larger firms are quick to adopt and reap the benefits, the question is, are small businesses making the most of the opportunities that faster mobile broadband can bring?
The countdown is on for to a new law that comes into effect at the end of June, giving employees the right to request flexible working. David Sturges, Chief Commercial Officer of WorkPlaceLive, a provider of cloud-based Hosted Desktop Services in the UK, looks at how ‘the cloud’ can help businesses implement flexible working practices.
Over the past decade, advances in technology have led to an increasingly agile workforce. Recent TUC research has found that that the number of people who normally work from home increased by 62,000 in the past year, and had risen by half a million since 2007.
In February 2013 Marissa Mayer the new CEO of Yahoo made the statement that her employees were no longer allowed to work from home. Her reason “to become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices.” Vodafone responded saying that British businesses can save up to £34bn a year by looking at new ways of working including hot desking and remote working. But how practical is this, what does it mean for the hundreds of thousands of people that work flexibly and therefore often from home. What does it mean for an employer?
The first weekday England game kicked off at 8pm last night (Thursday 19 June) and some employers were concerned that productivity and staffing levels would plummet today as workers are more likely to be tired, hung over, or they may just call in sick.