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'Against our beliefs' | Worker sacked for getting COVID jab

Sick day stigma | 1 in 3 UK staff didn't take sick leave in 2021

Money matters | How HR can support staff hit by pension age chaos (copy)

Isolation fears | Are we experiencing the death of the office friendship?

Wellbeing | Poor mental health 'top reason' for time off work in 2021

New year, new job | 3 in 5 will spend Christmas break updating their CV

Spying bosses | Viral TikTok video shows remote staff how to 'fake work' as WFH snooping rises

'No jab, no job' | Google threatens to sack unvaccinated workers

Racism row | HR probe into black worker's sex life 'wouldn't have happened if she was white'

'Fat shaming' | Boss said job candidate's weight was 'off-putting'

Stress & anxiety | How to help Millennials with their workplace worries

Win the race for talent | The frustration of losing candidates at the final hurdle

Woman claims job offer was rescinded due to her depression

How does engagement effect retention of staff?

Staggering difference between employment rates of mums compared to dads

UK locations where employees experience MOST discrimination

Work environments | 4 reason why happy employees mean a happy business

Back-to-office | 1 in 5 still not ready to get back to 'normal life'

60% of Brits would rather go to the DENTIST than attend back-to-back work meetings

THIS generation is at the heart of the great resignation

5 benefits employees will want most in 2022

Are 'spreading' staff shortages about to impact you?

Over half of women say WFH could boost career

UK job vacancies hit record high as unemployment drops

Are these new perks 'tempting' staff back to offices?

7 in 10 firms expect redundancies as furlough scheme nears end

70% of HRDs say jabs will become compulsory in their firm

Pointless work chats are wasting time, and it might be your fault

LAZY' home workers just want to 'doss on the sofa', boss rants on LinkedIn

Labour crisis | These industries need more staff DESPERATELY

No bank holiday when Queen dies, 'leaked' official docs reveal

Have professional standards been slipping due to homeworking

Staff shortages 'could last two years' says industry group

Where are the most financially stressed employees in the UK?

Growing number of Brits using dating apps to find jobs

The Great Resignation | Why are so many workers quitting right now?

Returning to the workplace.

HR Grapevine report the latest tips for thoes anxious about returning to the work place.

'Really beneficial' | Sunak warns young may miss out due to remote working - is he right?

'Employers are struggling' | 1 in 5 firms consider cutting jobs as furlough scheme winds down

Could TikTok be the next big recruitment tool?

Employee counselling needs spike by 145% as lockdown eases

'Freedom Day' has passed - here's what to consider in a workplace mask policy

'Overwhelming success'

Back to the office: Happy or stressed?

'No office return'

Habits UK staff want BANNED from workplace post-pandemic

Casual wear is here to stay, but what effect does it have on business?

How Interview Techniques are changing.

What these 5 leaders would ask and why.

Weirdest questions candidates have been asked during an interview

Weirdest questions candidates have been asked during an interview

Good News

Permanent job spike as UK re opens

What are your main reasons for missing the office during lockdown?

Office workers have shared what they miss most about being in a physical workplace, having worked remotely for the past seven months, with many longing for gossip, their desk and meetings with colleagues

Summer Time

There is no doubt this past year has been one of the strangest times

Why Pay the Real Living Wage?

Nicola Ryan from Hr Review, explains why companies should pay the Real Living Wage, not to be confused with the National Living Wage.

Furlough Extension

Ahead of the Chancellor’s Budget, it has been confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until the end of September.


With remote working still largely in place across the UK, the recent bout of freezing temperatures and blizzard conditions likely caused less disruption to the workforce than it would have in previous years.

Are cigarettes and drinking acceptable on video calls?

There is no denying that working from home comes with several benefits that staff members can enjoy.

What boost's your mood when working from home?

With employees continuing to work from home amid the pandemic, it is possible that some will listen to tunes to help them get through the working day.

Is your Video Call bugbear in the top 10 ?

But as with any technology, glitches can occur, and video calls are no different to this issue. As more and more professionals relied on this type of software to communicate with colleagues, managers and clients, these tech issues became more prevalent.

UK's most-HATED office jargon from the last decade

How much can you expect from staff in early January?

Third of Brits have more aches & pains

The most awkward work call moments REVEALED

How HR can avoid stress at home during lockdown

For around ten months now employees have been working remotely from the comfort of their own home. Yet, this new way of working has fuelled an increase in burnout, lack of productivity and the inability for many to switch off from work at the end of the day.

Five ways to keep staff morale high this Christmas

Can employers ban anti-vaxxers from workplaces?

Lockdown sees more staff signed off with mental health issues

Are these the WEIRDEST office Christmas party ideas?

Can you get fired for your personal beliefs?

Have workers reached 'peak COVID fatigue'?

UK workers share biggest lockdown confessions

4 in 10 HR professionals unprepared for 2021

Has remote working ended workplace romances?

This ONE thing is driving a massive uptake in female senior leaders

Top tips for starting your 2021 job search

How to handle disengaged employees

How your salary compares to THESE iconic leaders

THESE industries are now set to boom post-COVID

WORST office Secret Santa gifts revealed

Will Eat Out to Help Out return?

5 keys to overcoming uncertainty throughout the pandemic

How to create the ultimate work from home set-up

Tips for supporting staff members

A million people may quit self-employment in Covid-hit UK

9 in 10 firms to take Xmas parties virtual this year

The 4 essentials of mastering any job interview

Staff urged to dance to win 'overtime' hours

The BIGGEST coronavirus challenges you're yet to deal with

Remote working's dramatic effect on sick leave

Staff have no intention of returning to 'normal'

3 secrets to breaking up the monotony of the working week

Is 'work-life balance' still relevant?

Digital meetings have transformed formal workwear

THIS many jobs could be lost as furlough ends

Post COVID, could we see offices completely disappear?

What will another six months of lockdown do to wellbeing?

What workers are REALLY doing when they should be in virtual meetings

Do you have these Autumn WFH 'essentials'?

How to make yourself more likeable on video chat

Younger workers have 'given up' on career goals

New remote work study reveals surprising data

1 in 5 employees sleep on the job

Younger workers have 'given up' on career goals

The strangest places Brits claim to be working at home

Top 10 most in-demand workers right now

'Zoom fatigue' | Is it time that meetings changed forever?

How do you feel about going back to the office?

A third of employees are reluctant to return to the office due to fears their colleagues will not follow proper hygiene guidelines allowing COVID-19 to spread. This research comes from Solopress, a print firm that found that 33 per cent of UK workers do not have any faith in their colleagues in regards to making sure they keep themselves clean.

June update from Arena

It is hard to believe we closed our office to the public back in March. We continue to work remotely from home supporting our clients and our candidates, existing and new. Thank you to those of you who have continued to work with us during this time.

April 2020 Arena Update

Outrageous stunts jobseekers have pulled

Should lipstick be banned at work?

This one habit makes you happier and more productive

5 tips for dealing with difficult co-workers

Are you stalking your candidates on Facebook?

How to tell if you're a natural-born leader

You have seconds to make a good impression - here's how...

Health and wellbeing support not in place for employees

5 signs that you can't trust your co-workers

Highest paying entry-level jobs in the UK 2019 REVEALED

They get how much time off?! Countries ranked by holiday allowance

Is your job safe? Careers ranked by job security

6 secrets to employee engagement

UK employees state what gives them the most joy at work

How to fix a bad relationship with your boss

Is company culture sabotaging your hiring methods?

3 simple rules for better work-life balance

There’s nothing wrong with being a dedicated hard worker, but as with all things in life, moderation and vigilance is the only way to ensure your path to success.

Employees' probation fails costing UK businesses thousands

How to thrive under an irrational boss

No, the customer isn't always right...

What your inbox says about your personality

How a person deals with their inbox can say a lot about someone’s personality.

Why you should be more up front in job adverts

A recent video post from a marketing boss has gone viral, after he outlined what he is looking for from a candidate for a new position.

Bad habits getting in the way of your success

7 questions you NEED to ask your candidates

This is why you NEED to take holiday

Here's why you should work from home

Remote and flexible working are both some of the most common buzzwords that are bandied about within the workplace.

THIS is why you feel tired at work

5 things you didn't know could get you sacked

5 high paying jobs with low stress

Do you ever just sit at your desk, gaze beyond that gigantic stack of paperwork and dream of a simpler life?

THESE are the most Googled jobs

Teaching assistants (288,000), estate agents (105,700) and prison officers (98,400) topped the list as the UK’s most searched for jobs on Google in 2019.

Telltale signs your candidates are LYING to you

Landing a new job isn’t always the easiest of experiences for jobseekers; they may not have the specified qualifications needed or perhaps they haven’t had enough experience in the field.

Backchat | Fired... for replying to the boss with an emoji

There are a number of valid reasons an employee may be fired; they may falsify company records or be found in possession of drugs at work.

Brits share their 3 biggest career regrets

Do you earn as much as your colleagues? Salary by sector revealed

We share almost everything with our colleagues; we know about their families, we know their annoying habits, their daily routines and, often, how they spend their time when not at work. Yet, there’s one area of every professionals’ life that’s traditionally shrouded in secrecy – their wage.

Women 30% less likely than men to get asked to interview

According to new research conducted by Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, women are on average 30% less likely to be called for a job interview than men – despite sharing similar qualifications – the Economic Times reported.

Identical CV experiment highlights bias against disabled candidates

Disability hiring is still a major factor effecting numerous jobseekers, despite many recruiters and employers’ pledges to abolish any discrimination towards those candidates with a disability.

Five things you should NEVER say to your boss

To excel in the business world, you must cultivate a strong corporate image. It’s sadly the case that many who believe themselves to be ‘stuck’ in a job are often completely unaware that they sabotage their own career prospects on a daily basis by undermining their own abilities and competency.

5 issues most professionals suffer with

Making a success of your professional career is not without its sacrifices. Often, when concentrating on your upcoming projects, other areas of your life and even personal health and wellbeing suffer significantly.

How to deal with a lazy co-worker

It can be utterly infuriating to deal with a co-worker that isn’t pulling their weight. Companies work only if everyone is aiming in the same direction; just one employee impacting production flow can have catastrophic effects on a whole team – and even a whole company, for that matter.

REVEALED: Skills UK employers demand the most

There are numerous traits that employers will look out for when hiring new candidates, from punctuality and appropriate experience, to a set of qualifications that will match the job role. However, there are a variety of ‘soft skill’ factors that hiring managers are also on the look-out for.

Burnout is now a medical condition

Today, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that it will recognise the growing issue of corporate burnout as a medical condition, meaning that as of 2020, it will officially be identified in the International Classification of Diseases.

THESE are the most requested work perks

Whether it be weekly fruit deliveries, unlimited bar tabs, dining clubs, yoga or even allowing pets in the office, businesses are cottoning on to how effective ensuring worker wellness through perks can be. For minimal costs (I mean seriously, how much can a weekly bowl of fruit cost?) leaders can ensure that workers feel cared for and nurtured in the workplace.

The main reasons staff quit

Quitting your job is the single biggest career move you’ll ever make. Not only are you freeing yourself from a job or a workplace culture that makes you unhappy, you’re also opening yourself up to a myriad of professional possibilities.

4.3million professionals unhappy at work

According to research conducted by Robert Half, over 4.3million employees (or 13% of the national workforce) are held back by mental health problems such as stress, depression and anxiety.

How to guarantee you leave the office on time

Top ways to stay motivated

Recruiter REJECTS candidate for wearing too much fake tan

Letting a job hopeful know they have been unsuccessful in the hiring process is never an easy task for a recruiter, however, one recruiter went one step too far when they accidently left a voicemail for a jobseeker to listen to.

How to get your best employee to stay

When a business is running like a well-oiled machine, it’s easy to allow yourself to obsess over the dedication that your employees have to their position.

Top hacks for mastering your commute

Commuting is, for many, the single worst part of the working day.

5 workplace horror stories

Unless you’re a rogue with nothing to lose (in which case I highly doubt you’re willing to confine yourself to the relative placidity of the modern office anyway), chances are that you’ve worked hard to cultivate a well-rounded office persona.

Top work perks your employees want in the workplace

According to a 2018 study conducted by the Association of Accounting Technician’s (AAT), British workers spend an average of 3,515 full days at work over the course of their lifetime, while the average person will also work 188 days of overtime throughout their careers, too.

These are the world's coolest offices

What you do for a living defines so much of your life and identity. For better or for worse, the vast majority of workers find their personal value and purpose in investing their time and effort into their professions, and whilst the output is an important factor, the physical space in which you work has a bigger effect on job satisfaction than you may think.

THESE are the best companies to work for in 2019

Feel like making an executive move? Hilton, Mars UK, Gap and Salesforce were four of the businesses listed in the UK's Best Workplaces 2019 report compiled by Great Place to Work.

Key signs that your top employee may quit

Every company is aware of who its top performers are. It may be a salesperson who carries the rest of his team, a copywriter that goes above and beyond to deliver quality work or a manager that elicits dedication and confidence from their team.

Your retirement

How would you spend your later years after taking retirement? Would you sell the house and possessions, buy a Winnebago and follow the sun, wherever it may shine?

Why is recruitment one of the most stressed industries?

National Stress Awareness month has arrived and it’s time we talk about the problems that affect all of us and what we can do to stop feeling strained.

Meghan Markle turns to rec agency for key nanny hire

Hiring a candidate within a royal household can be a daunting prospect for any recruitment agency, as there are a number of requirements a potential employee must meet to secure a role.

George to be interviewed on BBC 3 Counties

Don't forget to tune in for George's radio interview with BBC Three Counties. This will will be held on the Happy Monday’s show with Nana Akua on 20th May at 8:30pm. (It's only for about 15 mins so you can squeeze it in before the final GoT.). .

5 daily rituals to keep you sharp and focused

Disorganisation can never breed productivity. We’ve learned, through studying the habits of the world’s most influential business leaders, that each has a carefully cultivated routine that keeps them fighting fit, active, and most of all – mentally agile.

Can you make more money working fewer hours?

Most people would assume that the more hours you put in, the more you get out in terms of money and success against deliverables. However, there are always those workers who exaggerate their working hours to make themselves seem indestructible.

These are the top factors that could get you fired

Being fired is a nightmare scenario for the vast majority of workers. The concept of being cast out with no stability, future or regular income is an anxiety-inducing thought, especially when it’s simply thrust upon you with no warning.

These are the biggest worries facing CEOs in 2019

Key signs that your company culture is toxic

Dragon's Den recruitment star shares his best CV tips

James Caan has been a prolific business leader since the mid-80s; his investment prowess and financial know-how earned him a position on the now-legendary BBC series Dragon’s Den.

This generation is telling the BIGGEST fibs on their CVs

When looking for a new job role, candidates want to stand out against their competition, however, over paper this isn’t always easily done.

Find out how this rec firm works with royal households

Finding the right candidate for a role within a private or royal household requires some specialist knowledge and expertise, something Philippa Smith, Managing Director at Silver Swan Recruitment, has bundles of.

How mentoring can ensure your success

Regardless of your seniority within the corporate world, there will always be an individual above you that you admire greatly.

The shocking truth about your productivity

There is a common misconception at the heart of corporate culture that many would simply like to ignore. However, ignoring the hard truth about workplace productivity leaves absolutely no room for progressive dialogue or change.

5 signs your company is on the verge of collapse

It’s a fear that many professionals live with on a daily basis in the modern workplace; the idea that you may one day arrive at your desk, only to receive a company-wide email explaining that in a tough market, the Board has decided that it simply cannot justify the steady decline in profits.

How long should you stay in a job?

Do you enjoy where you work? If the answer is yes, then well done – you’re one of just 15% of workers worldwide who feel valued in their current company.

Are informal job interviews the way forward?

When a candidate is invited to a job interview, it is often assumed that this assessment will take place in a formal environment such as the company’s office or at the recruiter’s office.

5 teambuilding techniques you should be using

It's easy, when considering a multi-national corporation such as Berkshire Hathaway or Royal Dutch Shell, to see large companies as a faceless monolith of financial input and output without considering the millions of small duties that contribute to its entirety.

How to vastly grow your confidence at work

As a business leader, you’re expected to be bold, headstrong and confident. However, sometimes this simply doesn’t come naturally.

Three reasons why you may be feeling stuck in your job

Feeling stuck in a job isn’t just bad for productivity – it’s bad for physical and mental health and ultimately can massively damage the progression of your career.

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How to tell if your employees respect you

When it comes to effective leadership, knowing that you command the respect of your employees is imperative to your success. Mutual respect between you and year team ultimately leads to more effective communication, greater employee satisfaction and greater productivity across the organisation.

Female execs facing 'unmanageable' workplace stress

New research has revealed that women feel more stressed than men at work – with one in 10 feeling like their stress levels are unmanageable.

Does your company have a 'work drinks' issue?

Whilst socialising with colleagues is an important part of building team comradery, in many industries the age-old tradition of team drinks at lunchtime may not be as harmless as some major corporations would like to believe.

Keen candidate who turned up a month early for interview bags the job

A previous jobseeker who turned up a month early for her Skype interview with Microsoft has landed her dream role with the tech giant.

Employees offered 12 weeks of 'life leave'

An Australian-based company has rolled out a new initiative where employees are offered between six to 12 weeks of ‘life leave’ – the Independent reports.

4 recruiter tips for drafting the perfect first message to your candidates

The first message a recruiter sends can be the most important. It hopefully signals the start of a new relationship – one which is potentially beneficial for the recruiter and life-changing for the candidate.

What every employer needs to know about apprenticeships

Apprenticeships can be mutually beneficial for both company and apprentice, and whilst providing workplace education to a junior may be taxing, teaching a potential future employee your practices can result in a dedicated and highly talented worker.

Which industries receive the most applications per vacancy?

Recruiters in certain industries are being overwhelmed with applications

Five things your employees value more than salary


Is this the most dangerous job to recruit for?

While many individuals like to live on the edge, it seems as though this job role may be pushing the boat out a little bit.

Pension Facts

The Auto Enrolment contributions are to increase on the 6th April 2019 with employers contribution raising to a minimum contribution of 3% of qualified earnings. We have found some interesting facts about Pensions..

UK workers feel 'shamed' out of taking holiday

British employees are failing to make the most of their holiday allowance – with 44% failing to use all of theirs last year, according to a new report from Tombola.

Vacancies fall as job market slumps

New research conducted by Adzuna

Five key signs that you're burning out at work

Are you feeling tired all the time? Increased anxiety levels?. These are two of the symptoms of that perhaps your on the road to a burnout

The 5 worst business mistakes in history

Doh! Think you have made a bad decision at work? See who missed a trick and turned down some of the biggest deals.

Five ways to improve gratitude in your office

The Best CV Buzzwords To Use In 2019

Making your CV stand out from the crowd these days is challenging when you apply for a role, you are most likely competing with people who have very similar qualifications. If you are not having much luck to date, perhaps it is time to rethink your CV and approach it not as a candidate, but as an employer.