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      The summer slowdown

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      The summer slowdown is still alive and well in the UK. Yet while the summer break is advantageous and can bring heightened motivation and morale for employees, the majority (87%) of finance leaders say it has a negative impact on their business, finds new research from leading recruitment specialist Robert half UK. Thirteen per cent […]

      Be ‘appy to book your next holiday

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      Booking a holiday is no longer exciting. There, I?ve said it. Those of us over a certain age will remember (with a heavy dose of nostalgia) the excitement we felt when choosing and booking a holiday meant actually going to a travel agency, longingly poring over page after page of brochures and dealing face-to-face with […]

      British workers suffering from fatigue

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      Half of British workers, the equivalent to 15 million people (51%), sometimes feel pressurised or exhausted by work, according to the new Britain at Work Study; with Brits regularly working over their contracted hours, sacrificing social and family arrangements and sometimes coming home from work exhausted. The study, which paints a mixed picture of a […]

      South African PA changes plea in fraud case

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      The Western Cape High Court in Cape Town, South Africa is set to hear an application to review a case involving a PA who embezzled almost 1 million Rand (about ?51,600) from auctioneer Julius Buchinsky. IOL News reports that Buchinsky?s former personal assistant, Najwa Taliep, was to have been sentenced last year after pleading guilty […]

      How to be a ‘star employee’

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      In many offices, there?s always that one team member who can deal with Herculean levels of stress and workload without ever breaking a sweat, a personification of ?resilience?. But new research suggests that managers deem resilience the least important trait in their employees. That?s according to a study by Conference Genie, a conference calling provider, […]

      UK job prospects experiencing ‘boom’

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      Listening to all the doom and gloom merchants ? or even watching the daily news ? it might appear as though the current economic climate is still wreaking havoc on employment prospects here in the UK. But dig deeper, as leadership development firm Morgan Redwood have done, and you will find a very different picture; […]

      2016 travel price outlook helps businesses budget

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      Travel from the UK in 2016 is forecast to cost 0.8% more according to a report compiled by the Global Business Travel Association and Carlson Wagonlit Travel. While this is a slowdown from this year?s forecast of 1%, it still means businesses will have to factor the figures into their travel budget for the year. […]

      Survey: PAs are a ‘special’ bunch

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      Speak to most successful, accomplished senior managers and they?ll tell you that if it wasn?t for a personal assistant dealing with direct communications, diary and event planning as well as the constant stream of emails they receive ? they wouldn?t be in the position they have found themselves in. Nowadays, PAs are the heart of […]

      Penelope Alice’s dinner date at the London Capital Club

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      Private clubs in the City are a brand of watering holes that turned the old-school world of stuffy gentlemen?s clubs on its head years ago. Previously places for men only, where one popped for a cheeky glass of whisky away from the wife, these retreats have changed beyond recognition – adapting to the modern age by […]

      Embrace technology or lose out…

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      ?Productivity? was the buzzword of the summer budget and it continues to make its way up the government agenda. But experts have warned that a workforce ?disengaged? from technology will lead to worryingly low levels of productivity in workplaces across the UK. Technology is now vital in ensuring productivity, primarily by streamlining processes, which would […]