Top 10 stories of the week

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We’ve had a great week at PA Life, with a networking event at Strada in London and a racing evening at TeamSport. The weekend promises mostly decent weather (fingers crossed), but before we switch off for some down time, let’s look back at our top 10 stories of the week.

1. 5 ways to stay resilient at work
Job stress has become a major problem in the world, so much so that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled it as the “global epidemic of the 21st century”. That’s why resilience is so important to the modern office worker. Here are five ways to stay resilient at work.

2. Is the office dress code a thing of the past?
The office dress code is changing faster than Millennials are taking over the workplace. With the meteoric rise to power of people such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, more and more start-up CEOs favour jeans and t-shirts over button downs and ties. This brings up the question of whether traditional business attire is on its way out. I’d wager it probably still has a place, even in this world of young entrepreneurs and telecommuters.

3. 5 qualities you must show when looking for a job
It’s pretty much a given these days that the job market is flooded with highly skilled candidates. When you have so many people with the same skills and experience competing for the same job, it’s hard to stand out from the crowd; this is where demonstration of certain qualities is key. Recruitment site Glassdoor has whittled down a list of the five qualities you must show in a job search.

4. Meeting room mix-ups lead to embarrassing situations
Embarrassing situations are a fact of office life. We spend so much time at work that we’re bound to encounter afaux pas at some point. But Kit Out My Office found that meeting room mix-ups are one of the leading causes of embarrassing situations.

5. Top 5 bugbears about a bad boss
Numerous studies have alluded to the fact that poor management is one of the top reasons people decide to leave a job. But what are employees’ biggest bugbears when it comes to their bosses? Lifestyle site Cheat Sheet has investigated to find the five worst complaints about managers.

6. 7 ways to improve your focus
It’s hard to stay focussed when you have so much to do on any given day. If there’s a particularly important project that needs your full attention, follow these top tips from Sam Edwards at to improve your focus.

7. App of the week: Zirkel
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’re taking a step toward mindfulness with an iOS game called Zirkel.

8. 7 ways to find meaning at work
A 2015 Gallup poll found 70% of employees were bored and disengaged at work. In an older study the group found only one in eight people were psychologically committed to their jobs. A big pay rise is not enough to make you happy, so here are some top tips to help you find meaning at work.

9. Lindsay Taylor breaks down the PA and EA industry
Lindsay Taylor, PA Coach and Trainer and former PA herself, joined us as a speaker at the London Venues Summitto share some top learning tips with our delegates. Lindsay has previously hosted sessions at PA Life Summit and last year’s PA Life Training Day. Shreena Chandarana from Forum Events Ltd took a few minutes to speak to her about her role, the PA and EA industry and her latest book, A – Z Pearls of Wisdom for Executive Assistants, at this week’s London Venues Summit.

10. UK employers not providing hot drinks of choice
The latest hot drinks survey from the Office Coffee Company reveals an even greater shift in office workers demanding a choice of hot drinks from their employer.

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    Molly Dyson

    Former Editor – PA Life

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