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Sleep Deprivation: Supporting New Parents in the Workplace

Managers have a responsibility to look after the well-being on their staff, even if they are struggling due to external factors outside of the workplace. A change in circumstances can massively impact an employee’s performance and job satisfaction, especially when it comes to life changing events such as having children. According to the National Sleep […]

Thomas Cook to close 21 stores and cut jobs

Travel firm Thomas Cook is closing 21 stores across the country and cutting more than 300 jobs. The company said 102 customer-facing roles would be axed as a result of the store closures, while it planned to cut a further 218 jobs “following a review of the retail workforce”. It said holidaymakers continued to switch […]

Giraffe and Ed’s Easy Diner site closures agreed

Plans to close 27 Giraffe and Ed’s Easy Diner restaurants have been approved by creditors, putting hundreds of jobs at risk. The brands will enter a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) and close almost a third of their 87 restaurants. The business, owned by Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG), first put forward the plan earlier this month. […]

Next store sales and profits continue to fall as online sales take over

Next’s annual sales and profits at its High Street stores have continued their fall of recent years, while its online business continues to grow. Sales in Next’s stores fell nearly 8% last year to £1.95bn, while online sales rose by 14.7% to £1.92bn. It said online was a “long-term threat” to its High Street business, […]

Kingfisher boss to go as profits fall further

The boss of struggling DIY group, Kingfisher, which owns B&Q and Screwfix, is to step down amid worsening profits. Veronique Laury, who had been overseeing a turnaround plan, will leave the company, although no date was given for her departure. Profits fell 13% over the last year, with the firm’s French chain, Castorama, dragging down […]

Former Staples chain office outlet in administration

The former Staples stationery chain, Office Outlet, is in administration, putting 1,200 jobs at risk. The retailer has no connection to the online-only business which trades under the Staples UK name. Two partners at business services firm Deloitte were appointed joint administrators on Monday. Office Outlet, which is part-owned by Hilco, the former HMV owner, […]

UK Employment at highest level since records began almost half a century ago

The number of employed people in the UK has risen again, to a new record number of 32.7 million people between November and January, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show. The 76.1% employment rate is the highest since records began in 1971. Unemployment fell by 35,000 to 1.34 million in the period, putting […]

The Top 40 Reasons why people leave their jobs revealed

Boring canteen food, long hours and incompetent bosses are among the most common reasons why Brits quit their jobs, it has emerged. Researchers who polled 2,000 workers found employees start thinking about leaving a job an average of three years and six months after starting. The list of reasons for quitting also includes feeling too […]