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Collaboration and critical thinking: how technology is affecting the future of work

30 years ago, a typical job for Angus Knowles-Cutler would be to look at the financial performance of the top 50 British companies over the last three years. To do this, he’d pop down to a library, pull out a couple of microfiche and spend the next 12 hours looking through a viewfinder to review

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Deciphering your pension

The pension has long been a contentious issue for policymakers, employers and workers in the UK. In December 2017, research by the Department of Work and Pensions found four in ten employees were under-saving for their retirement, with over half of these earning a middle or high salary. However, new research, released just in time

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From engagement to experience: how employee engagement is shifting in 2019

As organisations look for ways to attract and retain the best talent in this ongoing candidate-led market, hiring managers are increasingly examining the importance of employee engagement in the modern workplace. However, just as the world of work continues to shift and transform, what it means to engage staff is also evolving as companies look

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Executive search: A cheat sheet

Deciding on your career path can be incredibly tricky for new graduates. With the world of work constantly changing and new roles popping up all the time in response, what you may have thought you wanted to do when you entered university may not exist when you finish! Nowhere is this more obvious than in

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Four office catering options better than a sandwich board

When it comes to lunchtime meetings, the sandwich board is almost as ubiquitous as an agenda. However, with the rise of food delivery apps like UberEats and Deliveroo, as well as the introduction of office-specific catering options, the options are now endless. PAs, imagine your executive’s surprise when they’re greeted with a bowl of fresh

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To gig or not to gig? The rise of self-employment

As the modern world of work moves away from a processing-based economy to that of a knowledge-based one, freelancing and self-employment continues to rise in popularity. Commonly referred to as the gig economy, there are now 4.8 million professionals, or 15% of the UK workforce working for themselves, having contributed £271 billion to the economy

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Re-designing diversity: from shortfalls to success

In the modern world of work, diversity continues to be one of the most salient issues for hiring managers and leadership teams. With very little empirical evidence to suggest a series of best practices, it is a challenge that requires serious investment, with ongoing research, experimentation and feedback. The current state of play shows there

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The new frontier of workplace design

It’s 11am on a Tuesday, your office’s three meeting rooms are all booked out for the next four hours. With a very important team meeting just hours away, you’ve found yourself with no venue and no time. For the next 30 minutes, your PA is frantically Googling ‘cafes you can have meetings in’ and eventually

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Why you should be making friends at work

In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, friendship and belonging ranks as the third most important motivation for humanity, after the physiological (water, food, sleep) and safety (personal, emotional, financial). Therefore, considering how often we spend at work, it makes complete sense that employees benefit from making meaningful connections with their colleagues. Forming friendships in the office

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How to encourage the uptake of flexible working

With fluid hours, working from home and general adaptability in the workplace on the rise, there’s no doubt that flexible working is well and truly part of modern business. Conditions like coming into the office late or leaving early to do the school run, unlimited holiday allowances and remote working are becoming increasingly stock standard

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