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      Tried & tasted: Marco Grill

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      The name Marco Pierre White is synonymous with a great gastronomic experience and Marco Grill at Stamford Bridge combines his signature style with the relaxed atmosphere of a steakhouse, writes Molly Dyson. Circular booths with comfy leather seats frame the dining room and autographed images of celebrities hang on the mirror-effect walls, paying homage to […]

      PAs in the news

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      Personal assistants have once again been hitting the headlines, so we take a behind-the-scenes look at what they’ve been up to. In the US, the former personal assistant to a member of the Dave Matthews Band has been found guilty of fraud and sentenced to 18 months – half of which time he will serve behind […]

      Look before you leap when it comes to love in the workplace

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      With Valentine’s Day upon us, those looking for love may not need to look any further than their workplace. A survey on the Acas website has found that three-quarters of employees have considered a romance in the office and more than half have actually embarked on a relationship with a colleague. As common as it […]

      Effective strategies to ensure success at work

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      Sometimes being more productive and succeeding at work is as easy as a quick change to your normal routine. Whether you rethink your lunch breaks or aim to get out of bed earlier, these top tips have been proven to help you have a better day. Get the most out of your breaks A study […]

      Checking in: The British Pullman, Orient-Express

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      A trip on the Orient-Express makes a perfect corporate away day, as Colette Doyle discovers on a murder-mystery themed journey. What images come to mind when you think of train travel? Probably for many of us it brings to the fore that unpleasant and often overcrowded experience of getting into the office in the mornings. […]

      The UnAmericans

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      The UnAmericans – Molly Antopol (HarperCollins, £12.99) People have strong feelings towards short stories: they’re enjoyable because you can read them in one sitting, but frustrating because they leave you wanting more. I have always been in the latter camp, but reading this collection has convinced me that fully developed plots are not solely the […]

      Boy, Snow, Bird

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      Boy, Snow, Bird – Helen Oyeyemi (Picador, £12.99) This is an intriguing tale of a mother, her stepdaughter and her daughter, their relationships with each other and their past. It is 1950s America and Boy Novak runs away from home and her abusive father. She ends up in Flax Hill, Massachusetts.   It is here […]

      Winter gloom’s woeful effects on staff

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      The short winter days are having a profound effect upon the motivation and energy levels of the UK’s workforce, but employers are sticking their heads in the sand when they could be doing more to help. In a new survey of 1,000 office workers commissioned by flexible workspace provider Avanta Serviced Office Group, 84% of […]

      Face to Face in the Workplace

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      Face to Face in the Workplace – Julie Cooper (Spring Publishing, £20) This is a great reference guide for understanding behaviour during one-to-one conversations in the workplace. Perhaps it’s not the first book a PA would pick up and use, but the topics it covers gives great advice for all sorts of outcomes and would […]

      Showing Up

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      Showing Up: how to make a greater impact at work – Tim Robson (Capstone, £14.99) Although this book is written in an easy-to-read style, at first I found it hard to engage with the subject. I’m not sure I would have continued to read it under ordinary circumstances, but I’m glad I persevered. The idea […]