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    Top 10 stories of the week

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    Embracing the decidedly British weather this week, we’ve spent much more time inside than last week. At PA Life HQ we all took the time to take the 16 personalities test to discover our hidden talents and compatibility. Let us know your personality types on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn over the weekend, we’d love to see the results. We’ve had a great week talking with you all on social media, so be sure to follow us on Twitter for another poll this weekend! But why rush quickly to your social networks this lunchtime when you can take a look at the top 10 stories from right here?

    1. Office hugging could be key to a better workplace
    It’s no longer unusual to greet co-workers with a hug in the office, according to new reports. The BBC has revealed that many are shirking the hand shake for the hug as research may indicate that getting closer to your colleagues could show a boost in productivity.

    2. Travel prices expected to soar in 2018
    Travelling abroad is expected to cost much more in the coming year, with a nearly 4% spike in some sectors. The 2018 Global Travel Forecast has revealed that expenses such as hotel prices are expected to rise by at least 3.7% in the coming year as Britain is predicted to be hit hardest, while even taxis, trains and buses might cost more.

    3. Tried & Tasted: The Laughing Gravy
    Hurriedly travelling anywhere via Waterloo station at 6pm isn’t advisable if you want to be in a good mood, doubly so when wading through torrential rain. Despite this, the storm was left at the door when we entered The Laughing Gravy…

    4. Businesses missing telltale signs to prevent burnout
    Businesses aren’t doing enough to reduce stress and anxiety in the workplace as culture continues to focus on ‘doing more with less,’ according to specialists. Author Phil Parker has compiled his top ways to stop work burnout in its tracks as part of his P4 programme, a business scheme to help employers implement pre-emptive processes for work stress.

    5. The importance of developing social relationships
    Just using social media is no longer enough if you aren’t developing a relationship with your followers, according to social media management company Hootsuite. While sites and apps like Hootsuite and Tweetdeck allow users to access various social media data and streams all from one screen, learning how to use your management systems to your advantage makes all the difference in generating a response.

    6. App of the week: Loose Ends
    Welcome back to our weekly spotlight on helpful apps. We focus on a variety of products that are useful for work, personal use, or both, providing our own thoughts on the apps and what you can do with them. This week we get our social lives in order with Loose Ends.

    7. Dog owners are happier, healthier and more productive
    Owning a dog will make you happier, healthier and more satisfied in your workplace compared to people without dogs, according to a new study. This article also features a special guest in the form of my dog, Lola the cockapoo!

    8. Man flu myth busted as women take more sick days each year
    Women workers are more likely to take time out of the office than men, even when it comes to flu, according to new research.

    9. Celebrate the summer social season and win a £500 gift card courtesy of Corporate Service at Harrods
    To celebrate the start of the social season this summer, Corporate Service at Harrods invites you to unlock a world of unique experiences and bespoke products with a £500 Harrods Gift Card.

    10. ‘Sleep hacks’ to boost productivity
    Workers are being taught how to make the most out of a night’s sleep after studies have shown that around one in three adults don’t get the recommended amount of rest.

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