Employee/Customer Engagement

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Workers in open plan offices are ‘more active’ says new research

Workers in open-plan offices are more active and less stressed than those with desks in cubicles or private offices, research suggests.This could be because they make the effort to find privacy to talk away from their desk, the researchers said. The US study used chest sensors to track movement and heart rate in hundreds of […]

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UK unemployment at lowest levels since 1975

UK unemployment fell by 65,000 to 1.36 million in three months to June – the lowest for more than 40 years, official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show. They also show a rise in productivity, but a slowdown in wage growth. Wages, excluding bonuses, grew by 2.7% in the three months to […]

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Chief executive average pay rises by 11% to £4M: Compared with just 2% for workers

Chief executive pay rose by 11% last year to almost £4m – much higher than rises for workers, a new report found. The rise came despite criticism from investors and government about excessive salaries, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) said. The highest total payout was £47.1m for Jeff Fairburn, chief executive of housebuilder […]

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More than half of staff fear workplace monitoring says TUC

More than half (56%) of UK workers believe they are monitored by their boss at work, research from the TUC claims. The union said this could take a variety of forms, including monitoring internet use, tracking people’s locations and timing toilet breaks. It said workers feared surveillance data was being used to set unfair targets […]

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Employees should take daily breaks from the workplace: And enjoy their holidays more

Steelcase, experts in people at work, has researched how space and design elements can influence productivity rates and wellbeing amongst the workforce. Despite there being a lot of commentary on the importance of switching off whilst on holiday, Steelcase has found that, in order to truly secure a productive and mentally sound workforce all year-round, […]

Gender balance

Smaller firms should publish gender pay gap say MPs

All organisations with more than 50 employees should publish details of what they pay the men and women who work for them, MPs have said. A report by the Business Committee called for the net to be widened to include smaller firms, saying there was evidence of wider pay gaps among them. Currently, only firms of […]

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The surprising figures behind a lifetime of work

Based on the average UK salary, each UK worker will end up a millionaire – but not in one go. A lifetime’s wages add up to £1,260,720 – enough to fill just a suitcase in £50 notes. Of this, over quarter of a million (£252,144) will be taken in taxes – more than the average […]