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  • Where Does the 40-Hour Working Week Come From?

    Have you ever wondered why the standard work week in most

    Western countries tends to be somewhere around forty hours?

     

    To understand how this came about it's useful to focus on how this idea of working forty hours developed in the United States. Of course, every country has had its own set of struggles and movements regarding working hours, but the story of work time in the United States illustrates very well the kinds conflicts and issues that workers have come up against while trying to improve conditions and contracts in the workplace. Continue reading

  • How to Protect Your Privacy When Working from Home

    There are many reasons why people choose to work from home. Avoiding a daily commute, and being able to spend more time with their children are just two benefits that make working from your spare room sound like an attractive option. However, there are potential risks to working from home that make keeping your private and professional lives separate an absolute must. Here are a few precautions work-from-homers should be taking to keep their private lives safe and secure.

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  • Here's Why Night and Shift Work Is Bad for You

    Working at night is usually defined as any work that takes place between the hours of 7:00 pm and 7:00 am, and these hours are generally the domain of shift workers. As human beings, we were designed to be awake primarily during daylight hours, and sleeping or resting at night. If not adequately monitored, disrupting this balance can lead to a variety of health problems. In this article, we'll cover the potential dangers and adverse effects of working at night and what you can do to counteract them.

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  • 12 Ideas for Creating the Perfect Work-from-Home Office Space

    There are so many people working from home these days that a home office has become almost an essential space in a lot of homes. But not everyone has a big budget for decorating, renovating, converting and outfitting a once unused space into something resembling a professional office. No worries. We're here to help. Below are a dozen hints, tips and ideas for creating your own comfortable, practical and productive home working space without breaking into too much of a sweat or busting your budget:

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  • 5 Key Traits to Help You Get Promoted at Work

    Are you someone who has been working at the same company for a while? Are you trying to develop your personal brand to get noticed for a promotion? Or are you still not sure what it takes to move up to the next level? Then this article is for you. We'll be sharing key traits to help you get that promotion, plus some other information that can help you climb the corporate ladder.

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  • Here's Why You Should Be Mentoring Your Millennial Employees

    Lauren is a millennial. Her ambition is to become a top executive before she reaches her fortieth birthday. Through her work as an administrative intern supervising two hospital departments, by networking, and studying (and completing) a dual MBA/MHSM degree, she hopes to land an associate managerial job where she will become eligible to be fast-tracked for a leadership program. In her spare time, Lauren also teaches exercise classes at various gyms. Her passion, she says, is to empower young adults to pursue a healthy and fulfilling life.

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  • How to Choose the Best Screens and Desk Partitions for Your Office

    Anyone who has ever run any kind of business operation will know that the job comes with a bucket load of different responsibilities and duties. Everything from contacting employees, filling in for absent workers, to being in charge of purchasing the right kind of equipment necessary to keep the business running smoothly, the daily duties can appear endless.

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  • What is GDPR and how will it affect your small business?

    The General Data Protection Regulation, aka GDPR, represents the most significant shake-up in data protection and data privacy regulation in over twenty years. But where did it all start?

     

    Well, concerns for human rights and privacy were raised by the powers that be at the end of World War II. Following the atrocities that had been committed during the war, there was a consensus that more could and should be done to protect people's privacy. This train of thought led the Council of Europe to introduce measures to protect the rights of individuals with regards to the processing of private information in the 1950s.

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  • Why Every Small Business Needs a Crisis Management Plan

    Picture the scene: you’re sat at your desk when the floor and walls of your office begin to shake. For a brief moment, you have no idea what's going on. Then you realise--it's an earthquake! By then the intensity of the quake has already doubled. Suddenly the lights flicker, dim, and go completely dark. Filing cabinets, desks and workstations jerk to the floor and slide around the room. Window panes begin to shatter. And you, what do you do next?

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  • 6 Tips on How to Improve Your Workplace Communication Skills

    Communicating at work isn't just about having conversations. It involves writing emails, notes, and sending texts, too. But expressing ourselves isn't always easy, and a lot of us make basic mistakes that can leave us looking a little foolish in front of our colleagues, co-workers and even worse, the Boss.

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