Every Business Deserves to Look Its Best Without Breaking the Bank

No matter the business, product or target customers, every business wants to – and should – look its best. Because costly graphic design firms and expensive in-house staffing make it feel like only established companies get to have that polished, professional graphic designer look, Design Pickle was formed; to get …

Three Ways DevOps Can Transform Your Ecommerce Business

Ecommerce powerhouses such as Amazon, Etsy, and Alibaba have established a strong market presence by continuously delivering high-quality online services in the ever-changing market landscape. These organizations have achieved unmatched agility and performance as the key competitive differentiation by embracing DevOps-driven technical and business processes to develop their software products. …

Career opportunities with SMEs are growing, but graduates not convinced

Small and mid-sized businesses have hired three times more people than larger businesses over the past five years and could overtake large companies by 2030, according to new analysis of the latest ONS data commissioned by Santander Business Banking. However, separate research commissioned by the bank has found that significant numbers of …

Majority of large UK firms to address climate change in annual reporting

Two-thirds (67 percent) of UK corporations will be disclosing climate change related risks and opportunities in their 2019 annual reporting, according to new figures released by the Carbon Trust. However, fewer than a quarter (23 percent) of companies are expecting to fully report in line with the recommendations of the …

Major new research projects will explore impact of management on productivity

A major new project led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) will examine how health and wellbeing practices can improve employee productivity. Working with research institute RAND Europe, based in Cambridge, it will look to identify which combinations of workplace health and wellbeing practices reliably improve worker health, wellbeing, …

6 Things Every Company Should Know Before Starting a Subscription Box Service

There has been a recent surge in the popularity of subscription boxes. Customers enjoy receiving a box of products every month, whether it’s ingredients for meals, beauty products, alcohol, coffee or even specialty products such as Japanese snack foods. There seems to be no shortage of new ideas for niche …

New book on the future of work argues that the office is not just surviving, but thriving

A new book from RIBA Publishing, which examines the future office, argues that despite predictions that the office is on the verge of extinction, it is not only surviving, but thriving. Digital technologies have spurred this transformation, and with it, the metamorphosis of our entire working environment. The office of …

A doctor writes: keeping employees well and positive as the days get shorter

Winter is coming. The clocks in the UK have just changed, and the long, dark nights are starting. There are still only a few weekends to Christmas, and some employees may be thinking, “How am I supposed to get through the winter? How am I going to stay productive and …

Government report shows increase in number of workers balancing care commitments

A new official report has highlighted the increasing number of people who are having to balance caring for family members with their own working commitments. Catherine Foot, the Director of Evidence for the Centre for Ageing Better, responded to these statistics by calling for legislation to promote flexible working among …

Central London office market maintains sustained levels of demand

London’s office market continues to attract occupiers and investors, despite political and economic uncertainty JLL’s recent Central London offices seminar revealed. The event highlighted the strength of the capital’s office market where Central London has seen sustained levels of both leasing and investment activity so far in 2018 and JLL …

Greatest motivator for employees is more recognition, whether monetary or not

The biggest motivator for staff at work is more recognition, whether monetary or not, according to a new survey on rewards at work by XpertHR. When asked which rewards are most important to employees, more than half (53 percent) said higher basic pay, followed by a wider range of benefits …

Going Back to College: How to Fund Your Education as an Adult

Embarking on a new study journey for the purpose of career development, changing careers, or self-discovery is a popular choice for many Americans. Close to 8.1 million adult students currently attend colleges nationwide, with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) predicting the increasing trend for students over age 25 …

Top 5 YouTube SEO Tips to Drive Traffic & Leads This 2018

YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine after Google and the world’s largest video search engine. There are 1.5 billion monthly active users on the platform and around 30 million users use YouTube daily. But here’s the problem: The benefits of YouTube for businesses are clearly no secret and …

Employee cybersecurity only getting worse as digitised workplace grows

New research suggests as the supposed ‘technologically savvy’ millennials enter the workforce they are more likely than older workers to break the most basic of security rule, reusing passwords across different accounts. This is according to the results of the 10th Annual Market Pulse Survey from SailPoint Technologies Holdings, which finds that despite an …

Cyber security fears as employees and ex staff able to access sensitive company data

Huge numbers of employees have or have had access to mission critical company systems which should be reserved only for staff that require it, claims a new study by CyberArk. Specifically, it found that almost half (48 percent) of employees have or have had access to sensitive financial documents; 46 percent …

Financial services firms slow in offering flexible working to all employees

New research from TeleWare claims that 94 percent of employees in financial services firms believe it is important for them to be able to choose the hours they work and where from. Yet, only just over a third (36 percent) of employees in the sector work for firms that offer …

Majority of staff would quit if employer failed to meet their learning needs

The vast majority (98 percent) of UK employees think learning is essential in deciding to stay or leave their employer, yet new research claims that three quarters (75 percent) of companies don’t have a learning culture and 66 percent don’t have a digital learning strategy. The research from Bridge in …

Friday, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with staring out of the window

  January 21, 2019 Monday of this last week was supposedly the most depressing of the year. Blue Monday, in fact. The day when our return to work after the Christmas break combines with the lack of daylight and a wave of existential dread as our resolution(s) falter and fall …

5 Tips to Using the Ethereum Code System

Similar to Bitcoin, Ethereum is a cryptocurrency that utilizes the blockchain technology to facilitate fast and secure peer-to-peer transactions anywhere in the world. But unlike with Bitcoin which the main focus is in the payment system, Ethereum uses smart contracts or computer protocols that verify negotiations between the participants of …

UX SEO: How user experience can affect search engine rankings

Today, user experience (UX) has a considerable impact on search engine optimization (SEO). How did we reach a point where UX SEO matters so much? SEO has evolved drastically over the past decade. Years ago, you were able to achieve first-page ranking on Google by just stuffing your website full …