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      CHECKING IN: Sopwell House

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      Located just north of London in St Albans, Sopwell House has been the subject of a £14m investment programme. And it shows. This exclusive, but warm and friendly, hotel and spa offers great facilities for business users and leisure guests – with a visit to the impressive Cottonmill Spa a must. PA Life checked in […]

      MNKY HSE: A taste of Latin America on Dover Street

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      This month PA Life paid a visit to MKNY HSE in Mayfair for a spot of lunch and a corporate venue scout… Dover Street in London’s Mayfair has a fine culinary and mixology heritage, with famous names on both sides of the road.. We’re not particularly famous at PA Life, but we did feel like […]

      2020 workplace predictions

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      By Nicole Alvino, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Office, SocialChorus The battle against “fake news” in the workplace will come to a head In 2019, we saw the proliferation of “fake news” spill out of the political sphere and make its way into organisations. Companies are now battling new frontiers we’ve never seen before – from the […]

      How to: Dress well for your job

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      Helen Venables, MD of House of Colour, offers her top tips on planning your wardrobe… Getting up in the morning is hard enough, let alone deciding what to wear to work. What we need are some hard and fast ways to look professional, dress well for our job and feel good so we can leave […]

      Your Christmas Party survival guide

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      If the idea of networking and making small talk with colleagues and associates makes you consider avoiding the festivities, PA Life is here with some top tips on bossing it like a pro… If you hate networking, this time of the year can be a struggle, but a new study by Loughborough University and Imago […]

      How to: Respond in the moment at work

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      Alison Sutherland, Client Director at RADA Business, the corporate arm of the world-renowned drama school, provides insight into how business professionals can respond in the moment at work, with greater confidence… Remaining calm and being able to think under pressure is a skill that many of us wish we could develop and master. Our latest […]

      CASE STUDY: Corporate wellbeing with The Soul Camp & Penna

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      By Pete Jones, Founder, The Soul Camp This season we worked with one of our lovely regular customers Penna, for their annual Staff Conference at our new Strawberry Fields Campsite.  For team building, we created a smorgasbord of Wellbeing and Corporate Social Responsibility activities. So now, as well as our traditional Wellbeing activities like Tai […]

      PA Profile: Marie Bliss, Tesco

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      Communication is key to being a great assistant, especially if you’re a PA to three Directors in the Group Communications department at the UK’s biggest retail chain. PA Life visited Tesco HQ in Welwyn Garden City to discover how Marie Bliss has honed her skills over 14 years…  How did you become an Assistant? I […]

      Election Special: How to manage political tensions in the workplace

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      A new YouGov survey found that a quarter of people have had a row with someone over the forthcoming general election, and 48% have had a row over Brexit. Politics can cause issues in the workplace with people of opposing political views starting conversations that can escalate into arguments or even harassment.  XpertHR highlights five employment […]

      How to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder in the workplace

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      The colder mornings are back. The summer sun — well, what we had of it — has packed its bags and left us in the dark. For many of us, the darker days and colder climate can have a huge effect on our mood. Plenty of sunshine allows us to have a healthy intake of […]