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Has the pandemic turned our employers into Big Brother?
Has the pandemic turned our employers into Big Brother?

Heres a statistic which may well send shivers down your spine.nnIn a recent survey one in three workers say surveillance by bosses is having a negative impact on their mental health.nnThe poll carried out for the GMB union canvassed the opinions of more than 1,600 workers and found 32 per cent said their sense of wellbeing at work and mental health had been impacted.nnAs we all learn to work more flexibly and that means hybrid models in which we are partly based at home and partly based at work the issue of how employers scrutinise us is becoming ever more important.

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Workers of the world unite  a hybrid future awaits
Workers of the world unite a hybrid future awaits

The latest data on hybrid working from the Office for National Statistics the nations official record keeper for all things statistical makes interesting reading.nnThey show the huge shift the pandemic has made in attitudes to work and the conditions in which it is carried out.nnAnd with the recruitment crisis gripping the country ever more tightly by the day, they also show that employees are increasingly able to call the shots over where and when they work.

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Why mistakes can help us all to learn
Why mistakes can help us all to learn

Youll know the old poem by Rudyard Kipling called If.

It was written more than 100 years ago and is considered to be one of the greatest of its era.

In it, a father outlines some of the values his son will need to live a good, fulfilling life.

Two of the most famous lines are these:

If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same

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Why mentoring makes sense
Why mentoring makes sense

What is likely to make you stay with your current employer?

Good pay, good conditions, a few perks?

Probably, but one of the unsung ways in which employees can be made to feel valued is through mentoring schemes.

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Taking control  Tips for dealing with a bad boss
Taking control Tips for dealing with a bad boss

At some point in our working lives, most of us have found ourselves working for a boss we just cannot get on with.

It may be that they are a bully who throws their weight around and rules by intimidation or fear.

They may be a micro-manager, who insists on telling us how to do everything, undermining our own sense of value and self-worth.

They could be an absent boss only present when there is praise to be taken, but otherwise engaged in urgent meetings, out of the office or simply nowhere to be seen.

Or they might just be plain incompetent, unable to make a decision, failing to communicate and never giving any useful feedback or direction.

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Social responsibility and the workplace
Social responsibility and the workplace

Whats the most important thing for you when you are applying for jobs?

Time was when few of us looked beyond salary when considering our next move or first steps on the employment ladder.

But times and people change, and those from Generation Z starting to make their way in employment have new ideas about what they want from their employers.

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