Healthy workers: Employees are generally measured by their ability to perform tasks, their acumen and initiative. But what about their fitness? Are they healthy in mind and body? A package of benefits to entice an individual often includes medical insurance and gym membership. Trouble is, they're seen as perks, like getting a company car. Also, they might never be used. What if a company measured and tracked the health and well-being of its staff to ensure they were both achieving the … [Read more...] about Getting a measure of an employee’s fitness for work
New age retirement: The shift to ‘pretirement’ – where people gradually scale back on work or change jobs altogether rather than stopping work entirely – has become the new retirement reality, according to new research. For the fifth year in a row more than half of those due to retire are considering working past their state pension age, or are already doing so. Many of the people who are planning to retire this year but are now considering working past their state pension age would do so in … [Read more...] about ‘Pretirement’ now the new normal for older workers
Career plans: There was a time when youngsters harboured dreams of becoming a train driver or an astronaut. Then came the idea of celebrity and the "wanna-bes" who wanted nothing more than to emulate their favourite pop stars. New research from Barclays Business Banking has revealed a far different attitude among today's youngsters. It found that nearly half (49%) of 8-16 year olds in Scotland want to launch their own business . This is higher than the UK national average of 42%. Estimates … [Read more...] about Why it is crucial to nurture young ambition
Mindfulness: It's by no means claiming a breakthrough in dealing with stress, but a new business in Scotland will be launched to a packed audience this week. The Mindful Enterprise aims to encourage corporate leaders and executives to reflect as much on the strength of their own mind as spread-sheets and sales pitches in order to "positively transform individual and team business performance" – and life beyond the office. Owner Gary Young and chairman Alister Gray, of the executive coaching … [Read more...] about Can the power of the mind change your life?
Co-operatives: Scotland’s £2.5 billion co-operative sector believes it is set for a period of growth after a new poll showed an increasing public desire for a fairer way of organising the economy. In its annual state of the sector report, The UK co-operative economy 2017, Co-operatives UK identifies 6,815 independent co-operatives across the UK, from high street retailers and farmer-owned businesses to community sports clubs, tech companies and web developers. Scotland has 560 co-ops with 1.3 … [Read more...] about Desire for a ‘fairer way’ fuelling co-op growth