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    Venues of Excellence welcomes Hospitality Digital Services as an Affiliate Member

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    Venues of Excellence (VoE) has confirmed the latest Affiliate Member to the consortium’s Preferred Partner Programme – Hospitality Digital Services. The consortium has over 15 companies providing products and services to the hospitality industry within their programme, with Hospitality Digital Services (HDS) the latest company to sign up to network with our member venues. Stewart […]

    5 tips for beating workplace anxiety

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    As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, many business professionals who have adapted to using digital platforms to communicate will now need to readjust their communication style again as they transition back to being in the office. Although it may not appear challenging, as ‘in person’ communication has always been the norm, a year of communicating behind screens […]

    Steep increase in mental health concerns since the pandemic began, new data suggests

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    68% of SME business leaders say they have witnessed an increase in mental health issues reported since the pandemic began. That’s according to a new report from HR firm Breathe, which surveyed 429 SME cross-sector decision makers were surveyed with questions around current and planned policy to tackle the surge in mental health problems. Key […]

    ‘Workcations’ are a new trend, it seems…

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    Despite the uncertainty in travel currently, you can bet frequent travellers are itching for a big getaway once travel corridors begin to open. But with the need for quarantines on either side of embarkation, some may look to ‘workcations’ as a way to still get away without using up all of their holiday allowance. That’s […]

    Are you looking forward to going back to the office? We want your views!

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    With lockdown rules being eased and the hospitality sector opening up once more, many companies are beginning to navigate a path to allowing employees to return to their offices – and we want to find out how the nation’s PAs, EAs and Office Managers feel about that prospect. Depending on which research your read, we […]

    Summer events and parties high on the agenda for businesses

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    With government restrictions due to end on the 21 June, more and more companies are looking to capitalise on the opportunity to get their employees or teams together for the first time in a long time. After an incredibly challenging 2020 and without the opportunity to reward staff at Christmas, many companies are viewing the […]

    PA LIFE CLUB GUEST EDITOR: How I’ve tackled the last 12 months of the pandemic

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    Nicola Davidson has been a PA at Brewin Dolphin for the past seven years, supporting the head of Change & Transformation and the head of Data and Analytics – And we’re delighted to introduce her as the PA Life Club’s Guest Editor for April! Her working career started 20+ years ago as an office junior, […]

    Covid: How to support employees stranded abroad

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    With Covid restrictions constantly changing and evolving worldwide, many employees taking business trips to other countries, or already working abroad, have found that they are suddenly either banned from returning to their home country or not allowed to leave the country they have visited. Employers must ensure they are able to support employees who are […]

    New research reveals hidden workplace divide caused by UK furlough scheme

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    Research by business psychology firm Pearn Kandola has revealed the severe impact the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has had on the workforce, which it says raises concerns about a hidden workplace divide as furloughed employees return to work. The study, which surveyed over 500 employees across the UK, 253 of whom had been […]

    Duty of Care – Inspiring employees in a post-COVID-19 workplace

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    At some point over the next few months, employers will be able to reopen offices and welcome back employees. But while some individuals will be chomping at the bit and desperate for face to face contact with long-lost colleagues, others will understandably need to be coaxed back. The office space will take on a new […]