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Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

The term ‘Mental Health’ includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. According to the NHS, one person in four will be affected by a mental or neurological illness at some point in their life. Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year. The working environment can, without doubt, exacerbate mental ill health; reported causes include poor management, unreasonable demands and deadlines, unfair pay, bullying, harassment and internal politics. Why managing health and wellbeing works for business There…

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The Art of Delegation: Finding the Balance

As a business owner or leader, one of the most important skills to practice, and more importantly one of the toughest skills to do well is delegation. The best leaders seem to be surrounded by capable people, keen to take on extra projects and who are genuinely concerned by the success of their tasks. It is these people, the ones who want to excel, and who are willing to go the extra mile that will learn, grow, generate growth and key to your success, afford you extra time to focus…

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HR & Employment Law advice

by Jabeen Tahir, HR Consultant England has eight permanent bank holidays per year: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Spring Bank Holiday, Late Summer, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. But how much do you as an employer or employee know about employment law concerning bank holidays? With the Christmas holiday season upon us, here is a useful guide. Employers can insist that their staff take time off at certain times An employer can give notice to a worker to take statutory holiday on specified dates. Such notice must be at least twice the…

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Choppers no longer grounded

by Luke Patel, Partner, Commercial Dispute Resolution Team, LPatel@LawBlacks.com, 0113 227 9316 Noisy neighbours can be a real problem for those unfortunate enough to have to live next door to them. Going to court to deal with the problem is always a last resort. If you do however need to pursue court proceedings then there are two main remedies available: you can either pursue a claim for damages or apply for an injunction. Damages are a monetary award designed to compensate the injured party for the noise which it has…

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Printed vs Digital Media: Is printed media still significant in today’s digital age?

Is printed media still significant in today’s digital age? Newspapers, magazines, books and printed publications. We are surrounded by tangible reads and they are still a popular choice for many people. We can’t of course forget that we are living in an increasingly digital age. With internet access, you can have instant insight into news articles, current affairs, and almost everything that is available in print. It is all readily available to read online whenever suits your needs without the restrictions or shops being open and limited availability. Media has…

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Trust says farewell to Shirley after nearly six decades

Elvis Presley, The Shadows and Roy Orbison were topping the music charts, Mary Quant and Twiggy were fashion icons and the NHS was in its infancy when Shirley Hannan began her career in the ‘Swinging Sixties.’ Now, 57 years later, colleagues have said farewell to Shirley who has retired as one of the longest-serving members of staff at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. A special presentation was made to the 72-year-old on her final day as assistant general manager for non-clinical support services, based at St Luke’s Hospital. Shirley,…

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What is branding? And why is it important for your business?

You wouldn’t be mistaken in thinking that your company logo and slogan is the branding for your business. Although these features are key, it does however go far beyond this, branding involves every part of a customer’s experience when they are involved in your business. From your logo on your website, to your social media and online­ presence, to printed advertising and even staff uniforms! Your brand incorporates the way in which you interact with customers, be that on the phone, email or via social media platforms. Branding is the…

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‘Man of Peace’ passes through Bradford

A man is doing the unthinkable by walking across Britain to promote peace. Tanausu Herrera (39), set off from London on 24 May and has so far covered over 800 miles. He landed in Bradford last week and only by chance he was spotted by locals who questioned his passing through the city. Local businessman John Simms, who runs Glyde House, was amazed at Tanausu’s effort, that he convinced the Tenerife born trekker to stay in the city to rest and recover from the strenuous walking distance he has covered….

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Paving Pathways to Prosperity

In a time of austerity and desperation when facing insurmountable economic and financial pressures coupled with loneliness and being a single parent, the future is often bleak. The pathway to prosperity is economic self-sufficiency and for that to happen there should be a strong and stable safety net that works to support single mothers at both the grassroots level and with the aim of bringing progressive policy development change at the highest level. This is very much the fundamental core of the work of Neesie. It believes that in order…

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Stop the overthinking!

This month we will explore overthinking – it is what psychologists call self-focused rumination. This means thinking too much, usually negatively – needlessly, passively, endlessly and excessively pondering the meanings, causes and consequences of your character, your feelings and your problems. I find doing it uncomfortable and painful so when looked into how to stop doing it, I learnt about several strategies, that I use and the result is that I rarely ruminate now. Research shows that overthinking sustains or worsens sadness, fosters negatively biased thinking, impairs a person’s ability…

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