The Benefits of Flexible Working

Firstly, what is Flexible Working?

Flexible Working can be an alteration to your start and finish times, to work around your outside commitments. For example, you might start earlier and finish earlier so that you collect your children from school. Or you might work from home one day a week so that you can care for an elderly relative. You might even try and flex your hours around peak and off peak train prices or heavy traffic.

 

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Cowdray’s Wellbeing Event

The Afina team attended a Wellbeing Day at Cowdray this March.

Over 150 people gathered to listen to three eminent speakers: health psychologist Dr Brian Marien, author, Telegraph columnist and mental health campaigner Bryony Gordon and Mindfulness expert Dr Mark Williams. The day was expertly compered by Gillian Higgins, a leading international criminal barrister and meditation teacher.

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International Women’s Day: 13 best companies in Britain for female workers

To mark International Women’s Day, one of the UK’s top online salary benchmarking sites has compiled a list of the best places to work as a female in the Independent.

The ranking, which includes companies of all different sizes from across a slew of industries, highlights firms that have gone “above and beyond in some way when it comes to providing a working environment in which women can thrive”, says website Glassdoor.

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How to boost your productivity in 10 minutes

Ever been sat at your desk, with a complete block, not knowing what to do next?

Well you’re not the only one, lots of people suffer with this every day and one of the best ways to combat it is to get away from your desk. Yes, it does sound counter intuitive but getting away from your desk and exercising is an excellent way to over come this hurdle.

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Why the 30-hour work week is almost here

Simon Kuper’s interesting article in the FT today. ‘Qualified jobseekers are scarce. Finally, workers can make demands’

A friend who recruits for an investment bank grumbled to me recently about millennial job applicants. He said that at interview they ask questions like: “Can I leave early on Friday afternoons to go to yoga?”

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Iceland makes it illegal to pay men more than women

An interesting article in the Independent looking at how the Nordic nation pledges to eradicate gender pay gap by 2022.

Iceland has become the first country in the world to make it illegal to pay men more than women. Under the legislation, companies and government agencies with more than 25 employees will be required to obtain government certification for their equal-pay policies.

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Control Your Phone. Don’t Let It Control You.

An interesting article by Common Sense Media discussing how adults are pretty savvy when it comes to advertising and commercials. Those juicy cheeseburgers or shiny new cars look pretty appealing, sure, but we know the tricks advertisers use to tempt us, from upbeat music to attractive young models.

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Why now’s the time to embrace flexible working

In a flexible working arrangement, an employee has some say over how, where or when they work. Whether this involves working from home, working part-time, job sharing or having another kind of flexitime arrangement, generally workers benefit from an element of freedom to define a working arrangement that supports their lifestyle.

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