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…
Category Archives: Work-Life Balance
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.
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.
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.
A decreased ability to cope with stress, less energy and a reduced capacity to concentrate are common traits displayed by those who are sleep-deprived according to an infographic produced by Virgin Pulse, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.
Wouldn’t it be lovely to have more free time?
Simon Phillips, The Change Man has been helping managers in all sectors to regain control over their lives and 22 days is the average amount of time they have regained through implementing his strategies (by their own measure).
Today was a day in the office for me. Office day’s involve a 650km round trip from my home on the south coast, into the heart of our capital city and then on to our head office. As a remote worker, these days are the exception rather than the rule but serve as an incredibly important part of my remote working experience.
Did you know that the brain consumes roughly 20% of our daily calories and it requires a regular supply of glucose to help us concentrate, remember and learn?
Mental activities will use up a brain’s supply of glucose – meaning the foods we munch on whilst working are crucial to maintaining these glucose levels and thus our thinking power and levels of productivity.
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.
I have to admit – I’m one of those workers who you’ll find tucking into a cheese and pickle sandwich at my desk at lunchtime. It’s a chance to have five minutes to myself and a cheeky peek at BuzzFeed before I crack on with my work. Not a great habit I know.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
New Year’s resolutions often focus on losing, quitting or saving something. Whether it’s losing weight, quitting cigarettes or saving money, resolutions emphasise a desire to be healthier and happier. For small business owners, aiming for a healthier, happier business in 2015 starts by making others the centre of attention — specifically employees.