Do you open work emails on holiday?

A growing dilemma of employees in the UK is whether to open work emails whilst on holiday. It’s that time of year you’ve booked your flight, the sun is calling, but can you really bring yourself to leave the laptop at home?

Every situation is different and varies from company to company, person to person and indeed can also be dependent on what level in your career you are at. It’s a good idea to clarify at the start of your employment whether you will be expected to work out of hours or login at weekends and holidays, to

5 Ways to keep active if you have a desk job

A large number of the UK workforce spend their working day behind a desk, whether it’s an office building or an office in your home. With the daily grind of having to be at the beck and call of emails and telephone calls, how can you stay active and get some all-important exercise without it affecting your job?

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Sitting at a desk all day can be an unhealthy and often uncomfortable past-time, unfortunately in a lot of our jobs that can’t be helped. Here are 5 things you can do to try and make the experience

British working culture – six outsider perspectives

What’s it like working in Britain if you aren’t British? We asked a group of successful incomers to our green and pleasant land what they’d found most striking about working here.

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Brits love to talk!

Olga Fraczek of Warsaw, Poland

“One of the biggest surprises for me was how much British people love to chat in the business environment. It takes a good deal of patience and at least five minutes before a Brit gets to the point in a business meeting and for some people, especially if you come from a nation that’s more ‘straight

Nepotism – Is it what you know or who you know that counts?

Nepotism isn’t a victimless crime. When hiring and promotion decisions are taken for reasons other than experience, effort and talent, businesses undermine themselves and deny people a chance to make the most of their careers. And that’s why the best employers are looking to stamp it out…

The Prime Minister, the Mayor of London, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the second and fourth in line to the throne all went to the same school. And, despite fewer than one in ten people being privately educated, fee-paying schools provide more than a third of MPs, more than half of

Who gets the longest holidays?

Summer is the traditional time to take a chunk of your annual leave, but how do our holiday allowances compare to other countries? Who’s getting the most beach time and who needs a break from their desks?

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Like most countries in the European Union, the UK guarantees a specific amount of annual leave for the nation’s workers, even if we are far less generous than our continental counterparts and offer only the European minimum.

Full-time employees in the UK can look forward to a guaranteed 28 days’ leave every year (including bank holidays) but that