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Most of us now understand that a diverse workforce leads to more innovation, better financial performance and improved staff retention, however there are still not enough women in senior positions. Only 7 per cent of FTSE 100 companies have a female CEO, while just 26.1% of boardroom executives (this drops to 19.6% for FTSE 250 firms) are female – ranking the UK sixth in Europe.[1][2]

Why is this and how can it be resolved?

The most commonly cited reason for there being such a disproportionate amount of men in the upper echelons of organisations is of course the difficulty with being both a mum and a successful professional. While the UK’s parental leave policies are far more developed than other advanced western economies, it’s true that they still leave much to be desired – which is why just the week a cross-party committee declared that the government was not doing enough to tackle income disparity.[3] Many organisations struggle to accommodate flexible working, whereby an employee might work half the week from home; however there has been some improvement in this area in recent years. Read more

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he national working environment in Japan has become so unpleasant that death by overwork now has its own word, ‘karoshi’. The hours in Japan have become so long and the situation so severe that the government has even had to step in, recommending that bosses let their staff go home at 3pm on the last Friday of each month. The initiative should not only lead to happier, more productive employees, but is also anticipated to deliver a boost to the economy in the form of consumer spending (£860m each Friday to be exact). Ref

Employee satisfaction and overall productivity are inextricably linked; the happier employees are, the better their performance will be. It doesn’t matter how large your salary or how big your bonus if you wake each morning with a sense of dread at the thought of having to drag yourself into the office. Can you really put a price on your health and wellbeing? Read more

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One in five of us made a pledge to ourselves this time last year to find a new job in the next twelve months. Perhaps you were one of them but you never got round to it, or maybe it’s only during the past year that you’ve felt the urge to try something new. Well, with 2017 upon us now is the perfect time to start making plans.

Brexit is uncertain terrain and there’s little telling quite how it will affect UK jobs over the next couple of years however in this current moment the jobs market is, in the words of Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) Director of Policy Tom Hadley, “thriving”. Read more