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      Make or break: Should you take a career gap?

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      Taking a hiatus from their current career provides employees with the chance to explore new opportunities. Emily Bain, MD of PA recruitment agency Bain and Gray, reveals why you shouldn’t be afraid to take time out… More and more people are considering a career break or a gap year in a bid to escape the […]

      PA Profile: Stuart Martin, Spotify

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      Currently EA at Spotify, Stuart Martin began his career some 13 years ago when very few males were given PA or EA roles. He talks to PA Life about breaking down industry perceptions, challenging bosses and achieving the work/life balance thanks to his employer’s focus on staff wellbeing… How did you become an Assistant? I […]

      Traveller Wellbeing – Who owns the travel time?

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      By Matthew Holman, Head of Traveller Wellbeing at Capita Travel and Events It’s 03:00, I am in bed at home and my alarm goes off. It is time to get up.  This is not a ‘normal’ day. It is a business travel day and need to fly to Amsterdam for a meeting. I need to catch the 06:40 flight […]

      2019 World Mental Health Day: Nearly half of us need more support

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      October 10th of this year marks World Mental Health Day, a global day for mental health education and awareness. The conversation around mental health is changing. But there is still so much that needs to be done. Poor mental health can have a devastating impact on businesses and of course the employees themselves.  Mental health disorders […]

      The five things you need for the perfectly productive home office

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      Working from home is a standard for many people nowadays. As technology develops we can telecommute from home to save the journey into work, or to allow us more flexibility to work around appointments and childcare commitments. So whether you’ve set up shop at home permanently or you need a quiet haven to retreat to […]

      Tackling mental health in the workplace

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      Safeguarding the mental health of your staff is as important as ensuring they are safe physically. Declan Halton-Woodward, EA to the CEO at Handelsbanken Wealth/Heartwood offers some advice… Mental health is as important as physical health. I could argue it is more important given symptoms of mental ill-health can often go unnoticed. One in four […]

      PA Profile: Monica Lien, PA to Pat Sharp

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      Monica Lien is the PA for the broadcaster Pat Sharp. Under her married name of Monica Sharp, she’s also his wife. PA Life speaks to her about the peculiarities of working for a man within the media industry – who is also her spouse… How did you meet Pat? It was at a nightclub in […]

      MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH: Careers a top cause of stress among under-25s

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      According to a study by UK Youth, young adults, aged 18-25 spend more than six hours a day ‘stressed out’, but 1 in 10 feel they have no one to discuss their concerns with. Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Month this October, Fresh Student Living has delved into the factors causing stress among young people, including the most stressful careers. […]

      Working mums: ‘We want more flexibility in the workplace’

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      Women are a key part of a growing contingent workforce of freelancers, consultants and part-timers. Despite numerous government policies to attract more mothers back into the workplace, retention is still a significant struggle. To find out why this is the case, John Williams, Head of Marketing at Instant Offices, explores how employers can tackle retention issues […]

      TEAM-BUILDING: A day with London Bushcraft

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      CPRE (the countryside charity) joined London Bushcraft for a half day event. Here is what David Walsh (Campaigns and Policy Assistant) had to say about the experience… “Across the country, the phrases ‘staff away day’, ‘team-building exercises’ would fill some offices with horror. Not so with London Bushcraft. “Foraging gave a fascinating and varied insight into […]