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      UK PAs look for more recognition from the role

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      If there is one thing that PAs would change about their job apart from the salary, it would be to highlight the important contribution that they collectively make to UK businesses every day. After pay issues are taken into account, long hours, their colleagues’ misconceptions and feeling undervalued top the list of PA bugbears, according […]

      Employees still struggling with stress

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      Stressed office workers are suffering in silence and employers aren’t doing enough to resolve the problem. This was the principal finding of a poll recently carried out by mental health charity Mind. Almost half of all workers surveyed (45%) said they were expected to cope without mentioning stress at work, while a third (31%) claimed […]

      Britain’s longest-serving PA named

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      The search for Britain’s longest serving PA has culminated in the announcement that the winner is executive assistant Avril Dibbens. The longest serving, current, full-time Ministry of Defence civil servant can now proudly add this title to her long list of career achievements. August 1962 is when Ms Dibbens began working in the typing pool […]

      Tried & tasted: The Palm

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      All the best institutions have an amusing anecdote at their origin and The Palm is no exception. If a New York City clerk had paid more attention, the restaurant would actually have been named Parma, after the home town of the founders, John Ganzi and Pio Bossi, but the gormless pen-pusher had trouble understanding their […]

      Tried & tasted: Royal China

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      Royal China is a group of restaurants that has its London clientele queuing out of the doors at lunchtime. Bearing this in mind, we choose to venture further north-west to the spacious Harrow venue, writes Nicole Holgate. The locations are all decorated in a similar elegant style with red, black and gold, while being airy […]

      Tried & tasted: AD12 at T42

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      The incredible space on the 24th floor of London’s Tower 42 was home to Gary Rhodes’s restaurant, Rhodes Twenty-Four, until his contract ended in September. Facing the possibility of an empty restaurant during the busy Christmas season, Restaurant Associates approached Michelin-starred chef Anthony Demetre (pictured) for a 12-week pop-up at AD12 at T42, prior to […]

      Safety a top priority for business travellers

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      What really matters most to your executives when they are on the road? It seems that safety, communication with loved ones and fitness top the list, according to a survey of 675 business travellers.   Safety and security concerns come out in first place, with 76% saying they feel it is important for their employers […]

      Plan the perfect party with these top tips

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      Organising a party can be a bit of a headache at the best of times – who to invite, what to serve, what entertainment to provide and so on, but when it comes to organising an event for your company then the pressure is really on. Fear not, however, as Julia Dowling is on hand […]

      The true cost of being an office worker

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      Workers in the UK spend a staggering £67 billion a year on costs incurred because of their jobs. Work-related expenses such as such as childcare, commuting, work clothes and computer equipment cost the average full-time employee £2,681 each year, accounting for 12% of their disposable income. Although salaries have risen by around 1.4%, the average […]

      Security and speed in printing

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      Office printing is often a topic of heated discussion in the workplace. Giving employees the freedom to print anything, any time, can become costly and risky, as accidental data leaks are more likely to happen with increased printing. More offices are looking for ways to cut back on these factors while maintaining a high level […]