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    Research reveals what Britons want from corporate gifts

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    A survey indicates that more businesses than ever are viewing corporate gifts as an indispensable part of their business strategy.   The Cartwright & Butler survey, which delves into British business’s corporate gifting habits, shows that gifting is not just a priority at Christmas. In fact, over two thirds of businesses (67%) gift clients and staff […]

    Remember Tippex? Top 50 things British workers miss about the past

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    One-hour lunch breaks, working nine to five and a simple tea round are among the things office workers miss about the past. The research of 2,000 office workers aged 40 and over revealed the extent to which things have changed over the years, with six in 10 saying work was ‘easier’ in previous decades. Being […]

    ‘Pointless’ tasks at work cost you 15 weeks a year

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    The average employee reckons they waste almost 15 weeks a year – carrying out ‘pointless’ tasks at work, according to research. The study of 2,000 workers found typically 142 minutes a day – more than two hours – are spent doing admin, paperwork and attending meetings when they could be getting on with more important […]

    The air in your office could be affecting your wellbeing

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    Employers could increase worker performance by 20% simply by increasing the fresh air supply in offices and meeting rooms, according to a new report from Sharp. The new report, developed by Sharp and workplace psychologist Dr Nigel Oseland, highlights the importance of creating the right conditions for meetings in order to boost productivity. The report identifies […]

    The biggest workplace distractions… and how to avoid them

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    Picture this scene. You’ve arrived at the office nice and early, a hot coffee on your desk and fingers poised over the keyboard. You’re ready to work and ready to smash it. But before you can start, laughter and loud conversation breaks out, your phone starts to ping with Facebook notifications, someone’s talking about TV […]

    Commute getting on your nerves? It’s costing you £135,000 before you retire…

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    For UK workers, commuting time has increased by 18 hours compared to a decade ago, according to the TUC. Meanwhile, a study by Totaljobs shows the average worker is set to spend a whopping £135,000 on their commute by the time they retire. Following these findings, Instant Offices investigated which cities around the world are the best and worst for […]

    Can’t share concerns with your manager? You’re not alone

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    Twenty-four per cent of British workers state that there are few opportunities to share concerns or bring up issues with their employer, whilst 32% can discuss issues with managers but feel they are not addressed. That’s according to a survey of 2,000 Brits in employment carried out by workplace help platform Rungway, which concludes that […]

    The best and worst countries for new working parents revealed (clue – the UK isn’t the best)

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    Estonia, Croatia, and Bulgaria all offer more maternity leave than the UK, though our statutory offer sits high on the list when comparing worldwide. According to research from Red Letter Days, the UK is 4th on the list for the country that offers the most maternity leave in weeks for new mums. Women in the […]

    The dire state of work toilets exposed

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    Almost 40% of UK businesses do not provide employees with an adequate staff room for work breaks, while 8% of companies are breaking the law by not having toilet facilities. In a survey of more than 1,000 workers conducted by on-site accommodation provider Bunkabin, businesses have been found in breach of the Workplace (Health, Safety […]

    Will you be working until you’re 68?

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    Brit workers expect to be physically capable of doing their jobs until past their 68th birthday. That’s beyond the age they can start claiming the State Pension, even when it is extended to 67 by 2028. Almost a third (31 per cent) believe they could work into their 70s and beyond with one in 14 confident […]