Top 10 stories of the week

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Here at PA Life HQ, we’re getting ready to head out for our annual team-building event. Soon we’ll be lost in the Crystal Maze while we work together to win the crystals and find our way out. The sun is finally shining again, and as we put our feet up for the bank holiday, we’re asking you how are you spending your weekend? Here at PA Life HQ, we’re getting ready to head out for our annual team-building event. Soon we’ll be lost in the Crystal Maze while we work together to win the crystals and find our way out. We look forward to reading your responses, but before you head to Twitter, take a look at our best stories this week.

  1. How to stay motivated during the summer slump
    When the sun is shining and all you want to do is spend time outside instead of stuck in the office, bosses are being urged to do more to keep workers focussed through the holiday months. Productivity specialist Workfronthas compiled its top five ways to stay motivated and power through the ‘summer slump’.
  2. How not to call in sick
    Waking up on Monday morning, not everyone is enthused to leave the comfort of their bed, let alone their house. When running out of holiday or looking for a quick break from the daily grind, calling in sick is one of the nation’s top guilty pleasuresbut not everyone is highly skilled in the art.
  3. The cost of poor diet in the workplace
    Not looking after yourself in and out of the office is affecting your work ethic, according to new studies. Research by industry body British Summer Fruitsshowed that employees believe they would have a better mood, more positive work output and have lower stress levels if they were given the opportunity to eat healthier at work.
  4. App of the Week: Yolt
    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 put all our finances in one place with Yolt.
  5. Bosses reveal the worst employee habits
    Staff can be left frustrated and dejected when they miss out on rewards or praise at work without any explanation, and some workers are even driven to leaving their jobs through poor communication with employers. UK online printer Instantprinthave surveyed bosses on the habits that irritate them the most, and how workers can impress management in the hopes of developing and boosting working relationships.
  6. Hiring of PA and support roles to increase in second half of 2017
    A third of hiring managers expect to bring in more secretarial and assistant roles in the second half of the year compared to the first, according to reports. Research by recruiter Robert Waltershas revealed that there has been an increase in PA demand since the start of 2017, and recruiters are hoping to inspire business growth through hiring for more support positions.
  7. Brits are wasting the work day
    British employees are spending too much of their day procrastinating, according to new research. Figures by Reboot Onlinereveal that many Brits are wasting their work day by avoiding the tasks they’ve been told to do and burning up more than a whole day of work per work.
  8. How to get job interview feedback
    Being told you aren’t the ‘right fit’, the business has chosen a ‘different direction’ or that you just aren’t the right person ‘at this time’ can be crushing after you’ve spent the time and braced yourselffor your job interview, but it isn’t the end of the world.
  9. For comfort & joy this Christmas, celebrate with a Pie Party
    Pieministerhas been dishing up delicious pies at Christmas festivities for more than a decade. During this time, party food trends have come and gone, but one winter dish that is certainly not a flash-in-the-pan fad is the great British pie.
  10. From the desk of Penelope Alice: Networking with The Black Tomato Agency
    With Mr P stepping up his affinity for treating clients to international adventures, I was so happy to see an invitation from PA Life to meet the folks at The Black Tomato Agency during a networking event at the gorgeous new Four Seasons Hotel Ten Trinity Square.


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    Toby Cruse

    Content Writer - PA Life

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