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      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 […]

      Partying hard this Christmas? Don’t forget to look after your teeth!

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      The party season is nearly upon us – the most indulgent season of the year where we all fall victim to excess. Whether it is too much wine at the office Christmas party, or too many mince pies we are all guilty of consuming well above our daily intake of sugar, which can take its […]

      A trip down to Tewin Bury Farm

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      PA Life headed to the Williams’ restaurant at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel ahead of our recent FAM trip for a taster of lunch and a peek at the Hertfordshire venue’s event facilities…  Just 10 miles outside of North London, and nestled between the towns of Hertford and Welwyn in the Hertfordshire countryside, is Tewin Bury […]

      CHECKING IN: The Randolph Hotel, Oxford

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      James Borg revisits the recently refurbished 150-year-old landmark hotel in Oxford, ‘the city of dreaming spires’, that has spawned some of the greatest names in literature, such as Lewis Carroll, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis and Philip Pullman… The ancient town centre of Oxford has lost none of its historic feel, despite being wrapped around by […]

      Work & life with Arup’s Anna Fiske

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      Anna Fiske is a PA to two senior Directors at professional services giant Arup. She talks to PA Life about her career to date, the challenges of her role and the importance of technology… What inspired you to start a career as a PA/Assistant? After my degree, I took a secretarial diploma, so I would […]

      General Election 2019: What do employers need to know?

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      By Paul Holcroft, Associate Director at HR consultancy, Croner 2019 is shaping up to be another eventful year in the world of politics, with the country heading to the polls on 12th December. The reaction to this announcement has already made political discussions in the workplace near inescapable. While it is natural for employees to discuss […]

      How to: Avoid posture-related injuries at work

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      The increase in posture-related injuries has coincided with the rise in remote working. Tasker.com’s home and interiors expert Diane Cootes shares her tips on how to set up your home office to avoid back pain and RSI… According to a recent TUC study, there are 373,000 more employees working from home than 10 years ago […]

      Ready, tech, go! Have you got the right mindset for digital change?

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      Recruitment giant Hays has launched its latest ‘What Workers Want’ report titled ‘Mindset Key for Digital Change’. As the name suggests, this is focusing on automation and digital transformation in the workplace. So, how are Executive and Personal Assistants responding to change? PA Life provides exclusive insights… Personal and Executive Assistants are enthusiastic about using […]