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Staff use of the internet to conduct personal searches costs the UK economy £10.6 billion each year, according to new research. Figures produced by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) suggest that the average British worker spends around an hour and a half a week during working hours surfing the web for personal use. Additionally,…

The difference in the pay received by men and women in the UK is not ethically justified, a trade body has said. According to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), women are now increasingly working in the same jobs as their male counterparts but "society hasn’t caught up". Commenting on the issue, Sarah Veal, head of…

In support of Men’s Health Week, which is running from June 9th-15th, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is calling on employers to improve the health of male employees. This year, Men’s Health Week is focusing on the theme of men and work. Commenting on the issue, IOSH president Ray Hurst said: "[The…

Managers in the UK need to strike the correct balance in terms of the freedom they permit staff over internet use, an expert has advised. According to Toby Thompson, a networked learning executive at the Cranfield School of Management, it is "crucial" for bosses to give employees enough autonomy to keep them motivated, while also…

The trend for employees to engage in working while on the move has resulted in a rise in cases of repetitive strain injury (RSI), new research suggests. According to a study conducted by software and internet giant Microsoft, such injuries have increased by over 30 per cent in the last 12 months, at a cost…

The new equality bill, further details of which are due to published this summer, has been described by a minister as "a major de-cluttering exercise". Speaking at the launch of a report concerning the benefits of workplace equality produced by the Trades Union Congress and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), minister for women and…

People’s dreams of being their own boss can blind them to the realities of establishing a business, an industry body has said. According to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), establishing a firm is a "kind of lifestyle choice". A spokesperson for the organisation said: "It is a risk setting up a business, there is…

A new report has been published which aims to provide managers with information and guidance to enable them to reduce workplace stress. Jointly funded by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Health and Safety Executive and Investors in People, the research is part of a three-year project looking at how management behaviours…

Being insured against every eventuality is not always necessary when starting up in business, it has been asserted. According to a spokesperson for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), while in an ideal world, the owners of firms would take out insurance for everything, the "practical, financial realities often take over". He stated: "If it…

Improving workplace diversity has "real business benefits" for companies, a new report suggests. Put together by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Trades Union Congress, the research reveals that firms which look for staff on the basis of their potential, regardless of their sex, race, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion benefit in…

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) has published a set of guidelines to encourage staff to get more active. The organisation believes that currently, between 65 per cent of men and 76 per cent of women do not get enough physical exercise and, with employees spending up to 60 per cent of their waking…