I moved to a new apartment at the weekend. The cost of our admin fees meant I had to shop around for the best removal quote and found a company who offered to work within my budget. Everything was packed, organised and ready to go when the removal van pulled up outside and three young lads stepped out, introducing themselves and saying “boxes first”. I wondered how on earth three boys, no older than seventeen would be able to move my enormous furniture collection to the new place, where unfortunately the lift was out of order. They got to work straight away, carrying out a box relay from my door to the lift, from the lift to the car park and then into the van. “Furniture next” and they’d promise to break anything, taking extra precautions to make sure no cabinet doors swung open and nothing clipped the doorframes. In less than an hour and a half, the van was packed and taken to the new property. I’d moved to a duplex property above a set of shops, which meant the ‘first floor’ was actually the third floor. Each box was taken up 40 stairs and then up another 15 in the property. Read Article »
Graduates are three times more likely to find work in their field of study if they complete a work experience placement or internship as part of their degree. Sure, the UK is great for opportunities, but it’s also known for having one of the fiercest job markets with very high application-per-vacancy rates. Before a student graduates, chances are they will have already applied for seven jobs, so boosting their chances at every opportunity is worthwhile. Read Article »
A survey carried out by Mercer suggests that over half of British workers are unhappy with their job.
Twenty five percent of the UK workforce spends the nine-to-five in an office environment. There are many causes of employee unhappiness, some related to work and some not. The workplace factors contributing to sad staff can range from lack of career progression to repetitive daily activities which cause the week to drag. It’s sad to think that the average UK worker is only happy at work fifty-nine percent of the time. That means forty-one percent of the time your employees are a bit down in the dumps. So how can you reduce that figure? Obviously you can’t delve into personal lives but a few (very simple) changes can make a big difference to employee morale and workplace productivity. Read Article »
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
Imagination and creativity are vital parts of human life which we discover at an early age. What saddens me is that some parents and even education are stripping children of their creativity and imagination. Read Article »
When teenagers continue with further education and realise that those pens, pencils and pints cost money – they start looking for a job. A few hours at the weekend, how hard can that be to obtain? A lot harder than first imagined actually. 20% of employed young people work in the retail sector, but that figure may potentially decrease as online shopping is causing more high-street tension, forcing shops to compete against each other on price and cut back on costs. Read Article »
It’s Friday, it’s the end of the month and we’ve been paid. Many of us will be ordering a take away tonight. I’m one for a pay day curry, but the last time I went to place my order my favourite curry house was closed. I’d been told the month before the head chef was away, but now it had closed for good. I’m picky. I don’t like spice but I love flavour – so I’ll always have a chicken korma with boiled rice. Read Article »