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1. How to create the perfect Christmas party
They say ‘the early bird catches the worm’ – well if you are going to have the best Christmas party in history: the reality is you need to start planning now.


2. 9m workers would dread discussing their mental wellbeing with their superiors
One fifth worry that they would be ostracised, while 36 per cent think that confiding in their boss would hamper their career.



3. 74% of Brits say stress is making them feel overwhelmed
While stress isn’t a mental health problem in itself, it often leads to depression, anxiety, self-harm and even suicide.


Stress of self-employment is taking its toll on families

4. Are your colleagues focussed in meetings? Or planning dinner?
According to new research, 38 per cent of office workers are thinking about what’s for dinner when they should be concentrating in meetings, with 37 per cent planning for the weekend and 13 per cent even dreaming about the colleagues they fancy.

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5. Personal stylist Lauren Manville to offer advice during mental health week event
The event takes place on May 15th at NatWest, 250 Bishopsgate in London and Manville has provided few tips in advance on how to avoid burn out an lift spirits.


6. PA Life Event Planning Masterclass welcomes Green Hat People
Taking place May 29 at No 4 Hamilton Place, London, Grace Barrett, business development manager at Green Hat People, will provide 30 minutes of exciting challenges with interactive technology, to get guests thinking outside of the box.


7. Video: Don’t make these mistakes on your first day at work
Among the most cited incidents are, unsurprisingly, turning up late wearing the wrong clothes, being over-dressed, crashing into a colleague’s vehicle in the car park, spilling tea everywhere, getting lost en route to the office and saying something inappropriate out of nervousness.


8. One fifth of UK workers ‘mask stress as a physical illness’
In total 42 per cent of employees (from 1,001 full time workers surveyed) have called in sick claiming a physical illness, when in reality it’s a mental health issue.


9. Half of us are in the wrong job, reveals new research
The study of 2,000 employees also revealed that four out of ten plan to change careers within the next two years as a result, with other findings including:


10. Surfing to team success
How about something completely different for your next team away day? Bo Roberts, corporate bookings coordinator at Surf Snowdonia, explains why more employees should get on board with surfing.