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1. Emma Willis reveals the key to power dressing and upping your performance levels
Those Monday morning blues can often be hard to overcome as you wander through the doors of your office at the start of the week. Even if you adore your job (as many of us do) your two days of R&R coming to an abrupt end can prove to be a shock to the system.

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2. ‘Millions’ booking the wrong hotel or dates
If you’ve ever had a slip-up when booking accommodation, you’re not alone – millions have booked the wrong hotel or dates in a rush to bag a bargain, it would seem.


3. Big business compelled to justify pay gaps
Big businesses in the UK will be compelled to explain differences in pay between their chief executives and their average workers under new plans to be presented to parliament today by Business Secretary, Greg Clark.


4. Senior women’s salary expectations ‘lag behind men’s’
Women are asking for lower pay than their male counterparts for identical senior roles, according to new research.


5. What do we want? More downtime at work
Researchers carried out a detailed study of 2,000 adults in employment and found we all want more downtime. Half of those polled agreed waking up in the morning and dreading the day ahead at work is a sure-sign you need to address your work-life balance.


6. Penelope Alice checks out London’s new haunt: The Coal Shed
I’m not going to lie, the idea of cooking straight on a fire is a little daunting, but the chefs and the staff at The Coal Shed, London, couldn’t be more comfortable.

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7. Some words used in job ads ‘indicate hostile work environments’ to women
US firm Textio thinks it has discovered why some women are put off applying for certain jobs – the words used in job ads are putting them off.


8. Views on maternity leave costing lack of return to work success
Dublin City University (DCU) Business School discovered that how a mother’s time away is viewed by a line manager and the company as a whole is critical in determining their return success.



9. The average Brit reckons they take ten ‘risks’ a week
Leaving the house without a coat, letting the phone battery go lower than 50 per cent charged and going to bed past 11pm on a school night feature in the top 40 list of ‘little risks’ among us crazy Brits, who clearly like living on the edge.


10. More employees are facing performance anxiety
UK businesses are failing to recognise employees’ anxieties around communication in the workplace, a new study has found.