Category Archives: Work-Life Balance

What were the 10 most popular posts of 2015?

What were the 10 most popular posts of 2015?

Now that the countdown to Christmas is in full swing, it’s always nice to reflect on the highs of 2015, and in our case, the blog posts that really got our readers thinking and sharing. So just before we kick back with a glass of mulled wine and call it a wrap for 2015, we thought you might like our Christmas Top 10 of the posts that grabbed the most eyeballs this year…

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Our top 10 takeaways from The Smart Working Handbook

Smart Working

Four years ago, the first edition of The Smart Working Handbook was published, designed to offer best practice advice in transforming organisations through smart working techniques. Its success was unprecedented, with more than 100,000 copies being downloaded and shared. Its advice has been adopted by numerous organisations including the UK Cabinet Office, as the official guide to Smart Working for the UK’s 440,000 civil servants.

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It’s not just you – 86% of office workers work late each week

people working late. work life balance. burnout

Have many times have you worked later than your contracted hours this week?

Well you’re not alone. In our survey of UK office workers, an enormous 86% of us stay late at least once a week. So it’s not much of a surprise that 91% of us find our jobs stressful. Staying late is one way of trying to deal with the backlog, whilst also trying to highlight to the boss that you’ve got a lot on.

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15 snacks to help boost your energy and productivity [Infographic]

The Google campus in Mountain View, California, has the perfect solution to that well known energy slump which many of us experience in the afternoon, usually right around 2:30pm. It’s called a nap pod! When the innovation gets too much, employees are encouraged to take themselves off for a five to 15 minute power nap, to help recharge their batteries.

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How to make flexible working work

Making flexible working work

Futurologists are forever trying to anticipate how today’s technologies will shape tomorrow’s working practices. Granted, we’re not at the point where our jobs have been taken over by robots with artificial intelligence, allowing us to enjoy a life of leisure, but communications platforms do allow us to interact and connect in ways we never thought possible. However, for many, the communications revolution hasn’t yet materialised into utopia.

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Could you join the #noemail movement?

The no email movement

It’s tempting, I have to admit! A life without email would undoubtedly make a huge difference to my productivity. Throughout my career, the roles and positions I’ve held have always been heavily reliant on email, and although it’s been essential for communications, in many ways, it has also been a big distraction. Despite best efforts to restrict email related tasks to particular times of day, the reality is that people often expect faster response times. When an important email comes through which needs urgent attention, it can be tricky to ignore. But this can really disrupt the creative process and work flow.

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The weekly round-up: Working families

Working families Shared Parental Leave

The theme for this week’s round-up of the latest and best posts shared on social media over the last week is working families. What with the introduction of new shared parental leave legislation and a pledge from the Lib Dems to improve childcare provision for working families, these two stories have featured prominently in the news and sparked new discussion in recent days. Read on for a snapshot:

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Shared Parental Leave: Everything you need to know [Infographic]

Shared Parental Leave

On 5 April 2015, Shared Parental Leave (SPL) legislation will come into force in the UK. This new policy will give eligible parents, partners and adopters the flexibility to decide who will care for their child in the first year of its life. And it looks pretty popular so far, with 4 out of 5 future parents saying that they ‘d consider taking SPL.

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The weekly round-up: Freelancing

Freelancing

The theme for this week is freelancing. While many of us enjoy the variety working from home, working from unfamiliar offices or even occasionally from our favourite local café, for some of us that comes as standard. The UK’s freelancers have been making a few headlines this week; here are some of the stories.

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Let it snow – perhaps now is the time to test flexible working

Let it snow business as usual

Most of the country has been issued with a snow warning in anticipation of the arrival of the “Beast from the East” – a stretch of cold air heading our way from Siberia. How lovely.

Back in 2013, 77% of organisations were affected by severe weather. Yet despite it being acknowledged as one of the biggest threats to UK businesses, few are often prepared for the disruption it causes.

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How to avoid digital overload in an iEverything world

Digital overload

Living in the digital age is a double-edged sword: The tools available to us can be wonderful servants, but they can also be terrible masters.

An avalanche of emails, texts and social media alerts threaten productivity in ways unimaginable only a few years ago. The challenge for us, then, is to use this technology to boost our productivity while still fending off distractions.

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How could a four-day week change your life?

4 day working week

So many of us talk of working a four-day week, but is it just wishful thinking, or could it truly be a reality one day? Countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark are closest to achieving this dream, so what’s the possibility of other countries including the UK following suit?

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5 ways to start as we mean to go on in 2015

2015 goals

Many of us like to make New Year’s resolutions, such as keeping on top of our ‘to do’ lists, but very often they fall by the wayside when our old habits begin to creep back in. How lovely would it be if we could rewire our brains to a new, productive and efficient way of working, so that we can truly take control over the way we work, rather than letting our work take control of us?

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