Tags: working hours

Florence Parot: How to avoid the dreaded burnout

A friend of mine who works in an HR managerial capacity was told last year at her performance review that she was doing amazingly well but they were a bit worried that she did not look stressed enough. Just what does that tell us about what is happening nowadays in the corporate world?  We may be talking about wellbeing at work but in reality, we still think that if someone is not buzzing around round the clock, they must be faking it.  Where are the times gone when if you were around after 5pm you were not considered efficient enough?  That is something the French used to be jealous about. In the French world, nobody has ever been finished by 5pm except civil servants. So could we be saying that nowadays the English are behaving just as badly as the French? Mince alors.

A quarter of workers likely to ask for flexible working after June 30

When the Government’s changes to flexible working legislation come into force on 30 June 2014, UK employers could face a surge in flexi-working requests from employees. According to a new YouGov survey, 26% of British workers (excluding sole traders) say they are likely to request flexible working arrangements once the new legislation comes into force.…

UK workers 2nd-happiest in Europe

New research of 8,800 workers from across Europe shows the line between work and home life is becoming increasingly blurred, with two-thirds (67%) of employees saying work is keeping them busy out of hours. This is according to the ninth annual Edenred-Ipsos Barometer. New mobile communication platforms (laptops, Smartphones, tablets, etc) are making it easier…

Michael-Jon Andrews: Is there a lesson to be learnt from the French on working hours?

It was widely reported in the media last week that the French government was introducing legislation that would prohibit employees from having to deal with phone calls or emails after 6pm. The British media’s view of the new rules was predictably scornful even though it was based on an entirely inaccurate picture of what was…

Significant rise in self-employment shows way we work is changing

The latest ONS labour market statistics show that there has been a sharp rise in those choosing self-employment, demonstrating a significant shift away from traditional employment. The number of people in self-employment has now reached an all-time high, increasing by 172,000 in the last quarter of 2013 to reach 4.37 million – making up 14.5%…

Gary Cattermole: Working from home can be a real turn off

Employee engagement used to be the latest buzz word bandied around HR departments,  now more and more companies have accepted engagement into their company’s DNA and it has created amazing results for many with productivity and profitability up. High-tech companies such as Google has invested phenomenal amounts of money in keeping their employees motivated and…

A third of us will be at work this Christmas

When asked where you’d like to spend this Christmas, ‘at the office’ isn’t likely to be high on your list, but 33% people will be at their workplace over the winter holidays, according to an online survey by reed.co.uk. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, where consumers expect top-notch service on demand, there’s a rising pressure…