The One Thing You Aren’t Buying at Costco, But Should Be

Fact of life: Everybody loves Costco. The free samples around every corner are reason enough to go; throw in the $1.50 hot dog-and-drink combo, and it’s a veritable wonderland. Loyalists of the wholesale retailer know what to shop for (bacon, maple syrup, those 14-pack razors you can’t find anywhere else) …

Lack of skills forcing employers to reassess recruitment

Britain’s jobs growth is set to continue in the next quarter as employers continue to shrug off uncertainty around Brexit with new hires. However, despite the tightening labour market, this confidence has yet to translate into significant salary increases for all but new starters and those with key skills. As …

British workplaces are amongst safest in world but work remains

Although Britain remains one of the safest countries to work in the world, too many workers are still being injured or made ill by their work a new report shows. Annual statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show 1.4 million workers were suffering from work-related ill health and …

The four day week problem, WeWork delays IPO, harbingers of doom and some other stuff

It’s interesting to watch what happens when politicians – even more so than normal people – are faced with evidence they don’t like. And it’s especially interesting when they asked for the evidence in the first place. You can pick your own examples but it was interesting to note Shadow …

UK Government agrees to code of practice to combat sexual harassment at work

The Government has agreed to work with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to introduce a statutory code of practice to tackle sexual harassment at work. It also agreed that non-disclosure agreements require better regulation and a clearer explanation of the rights that a worker cannot abrogate by signing …

Workers prepared to accept automation but need training

Research from Gallup suggests that people feel unprepared for the introduction of new technologies, despite being optimistic about their job prospects. The Gallup Real Future of Work report of 4,000 employees has found that people around the world are generally upbeat about the impact of technology and automation on their …

US firms dominate most desirable workplaces for tech workers

The BBC, Monzo and Skyscanner are the companies UK top tech talent wants to work for the most according to new research from Hired which has today released its annual Brand Health Report. However, despite the UK’s flourishing tech landscape, British business are not featured on the global list of …

Workers uncomfortable talking about mental health

A new survey from Babylon Health claims that nearly 80 percent of UK adults would be uncomfortable discussing their mental health with their employer. Workplace pressures were listed as the second-largest cause of anxiety among the 2000 participants, behind personal relationships. 45 percent of adults said they felt stressed by …

Professional Line Sitters Make Up to $35 an Hour — And This Is Their Busiest Time of the Year

This Black Friday, turn off your 4 a.m. alarm and leave your folding chair at home. You don’t need to spend hours waiting in line in order to score great deals — you can pay someone to do it for you. One of the nation’s newest side hustles is line …

Meet the Oldest Yoga Teacher in the World, a 100-Year-Old Former Actress and Model Who Says ‘There’s Nothing You Can’t Do’

When the fortune cookies arrived after lunch, the 100-year-old yogi cracked one open, her blue eyes twinkling, and read the inscription aloud: “Age can never hope to win while your heart is young.” Indeed, age has met its match in Tao Porchon-Lynch, who at the century mark is a fierce …

Need for employee resilience heightened in a time of constant change

Challenges facing UK businesses in the next five years have heightened the need for employee resilience, according to new research from recruitment specialist Robert Half UK. As businesses adapt to an ongoing period of change, more than nine in 10 (94 percent) CFOs think developing resilience amongst their employees will …

Curiosity killed the stat: why we should avoid becoming slaves to data

Hands up. How many of you spend much/most of your time peddling data, charts and other fact-based information? And how much time do you spend challenging yourself, learning new ideas, indulging your curiosity and feeling a sense of surprise and fulfilment? And finally how much of the inquisitive, itchy child …

The Strange Story of How Frida Kahlo’s Face Ended Up on an $8 Bottle of CVS Nail Polish

In 1946, shortly before her 40th birthday, Frida Kahlo painted what might be the most tragic self-portrait in her whole collection. It’s called “The Wounded Deer,” and re-imagines the Mexican artist as prey; pierced by a shock of arrows and left to die in a forest clearing. Her face, framed …

The best UK deals for Friday: Oral-B toothbrushes, Syncwire gaming headsets, Philips hair clippers, and more

We are just one day away from the weekend, and that can sometimes feel like an eternity, but it’s time to hit it hard. Put the coffee down because we are here to help get things going by giving you a little pick-me-up in the shape of great deals. It …

An appreciation of the persistently grim tweets from the Norway Ice Service

Monday through Friday of each week, the Norwegian Ice Service, a government agency within the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, tweets out rather dismal news about the state of the thawing Arctic. But these tweets aren’t intended to be grim. They’re simply an objective account of the modern Arctic reality. Each morning, …

Shift to agile working held back by ageing technology

The digital transformation of organisations and a shift to agile working is being held back by a reluctance to invest in new technology, according to a new report from Citrix and Capita.  The Workplace agility report claims that legacy applications are delaying digital transformation of the entire organisation for more …

People three times more likely to discuss physical than mental health

People are three times more likely to discuss common physical ailments over mental health issues at work according to a new study published to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May). The OnePoll survey of 2,000 employed adults reveals that, on average, 42 percent of employees feel comfortable discussing …