• Top 10 stories of the week

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    We’d like to wish you all a happy St Patrick’s Day. May the luck of the Irish be with you. Did you know it’s also World Sleep Day? The event is designed to bring attention to important sleep issues affecting people all over the globe. So with plenty of cause to celebrate today, let’s find out what our most popular stories of the week are.

    1. Office yoga routine could reduce mortality rate in workers
    Experts have created a potentially life-saving desk yoga workout video to combat the ‘killer’ lifestyle of Britain’s office workers.

    2. EAs tackle difficult CEOs and how to change your working relationship
    Sometimes workplace friction is unavoidable, nobody works harmoniously with everyone all the time. However, when the tension builds between you and your executive, it’s normally up to you to make the peace and preserve a pleasant working relationship. Looking to maximise your happiness and stability in a long term career, PA Life editor Molly Dyson sat down with a panel of Executive Assistants at the office* show to discuss how to strengthen your relationship with your boss and work more effectively.

    3. London becoming more cost effective despite Brexit
    Central London has dropped to the third most expensive business travel destination according to a study by data specialists ECA International. Falling from second place last year, it has come as a surprise to experts expecting London to become a less favourable destination following last year’s EU referendum. The results show that the capital city was only just pricier than Paris, with London nearly dropping two places within the last year.

    4. De Vere Latimer Estate upgrades for event delegates
    De Vere Latimer Estate, located in Buckinghamshire and part of The Principal Hotel Company, has undergone a renovation of its main function spaces and improved technology as part of the continued roll out of a multimillion pound investment programme in the De Vere country estate hotels portfolio.

    5. App of the week: Jobmagnt
    Searching for a new job is simultaneously exciting and excruciating. Trawling through online job boards and trying to make the most of your list of contacts isn’t exactly everyone’s idea of having fun during their down time. Jobmagnt makes the hunt a little bit easier by combining the interface of a popular dating app with recruitment.

    6. Young people lack basic life skills, bosses say
    Employers are concerned that many are entering the working world without the developed life skills necessary for the job, according to a new study. Nearly half surveyed by charity Central YMCA admitted they believe they need to teach basic work skills to a young recruit before they’re comfortable trusting them as a good employee. Believing many young people are left underprepared by the time they reach work, bosses feel more time should be invested in schools to teach children ‘soft skills’ that will benefit them in life.

    7. Working from home is young workers’ top priority
    An investigation into working habits has revealed what encourages employee retention in younger workers. The study by ReportLinker showed that 66% of older workers strongly agreed that they were highly committed to their place of work, compared to only 40% of Millennials who somewhat agreed as statistics showed the increased likelihood of 25-34 year olds to switch employers within five years of employment.

    8. Charity calling for PAs to encourage colleagues to be inspired
    Sporting charity Legacy 300 is setting its sights on the corporate world as it encourages workers to get out of the office and train with Team GB Olympians. Having raised over £367,000 since the London 2012 Olympics, the charity is looking to PAs to inspire internally, by running staff and client fundraising events with Olympic stars.

    9. Business travel app to simplify booking process
    A new tool by travel management company (TMC) Review Travel has been launched to streamline the booking process for business travel. The online, self-booking app, OrBiT, is hoping to manage business travel from the ‘doorstep to destination’ as it integrates additional costs such as car hire and Heathrow Express tickets.

    10. Brits spend 120 hours a year on smartphones at work
    The average British worker spends as many as 120 hours per year using their smartphones in the workplace, according to new research.

  • AUTHOR

    Molly Dyson

    Editor – PA Life

    All stories by: Molly Dyson