10 Reasons Why Flexible Working Benefits Your Business

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15 Jan 2019 Comments

The start of a new year is a great time to take a good look at your business and put some fresh plans in place – that might include looking at ways to increase employee engagement. There’s a simple answer to this one – introducing a flexible working policy.

Flexible working is a benefit that sits high on most employees’ priority lists, especially as expectations change with regard to their careers and work-life balance. Let’s face it, we live in an age where it's no longer the case that every employee needs to be in the office all the time, working long hours to be productive.

Flexible working, whether it’s working one day a week from home, job sharing, or working ‘off-peak’ hours, can improve productivity and morale, and it should lead to reduced overheads and increased loyalty for the company. In fact, there are all kinds of reasons why offering flexible working within your organisation is a no-brainer.

The Works Search 2018 Round-up of the Year

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14 Dec 2018 Comments

We share our round-up of what’s been happening over the year in the corporate and financial communications industry. We looked at our successes, challenges, who has been hiring and what levels have been most in demand.

A Guide to Flexible Working for Corporate Communications Professionals - download for free

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03 Dec 2018 Comments

Do you offer flexible working? If not, why not?! Millions of employees want flexibility in the workplace – in fact, flexible working is one of the top priorities when choosing a job, particularly among millennials. With the workforce set to become dominated by millennials by 2025, younger talent are now challenging the traditional patterns and customs which previously defined the working environment.

A Thought Leaders Connected interview from Vivienne Hsu, Managing Director at Cognito

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21 Nov 2018 Comments

Vivienne Hsu built her reputation on big brand advertising campaigns and is now Managing Director of Cognito, a successful specialist communications and marketing consultancy. She is hugely positive, rather tenacious and swears by regular Bikram yoga classes.

She shares her thoughts on her biggest challenges, tips on getting ahead and what makes a happy team. Read on to find out more

Flexible working – is it an option in PR and Comms Agencies?  If not, why not?

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11 Sep 2018 Comments

I was surprised to read in a recent BBC news article that only 6% of people in the UK now work the traditional workplace hours of 9am-5pm. A YouGov survey polling 4,000 adults found that almost half of them work flexibly, allowing them to juggle other commitments. This rather impressive statistic made me wonder just how well (or not) the PR and Corporate Communications industry fares in the flexible working stakes.

The real reasons why corporate and financial comms professionals leave their jobs

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18 Jul 2018 Comments

When people leave a job, it’s most often because they want more money, a new challenge and no longer enjoy the work they are doing. Very standard reasons, and ones we’ve certainly heard many times. However, our latest Annual Salary Guide 2017/18 tells a slightly different story.

We asked corporate communications and financial communications professionals (in-house and agency) what the five deciding factors were when leaving a job, and the results weren’t all as predictable as we might have expected.

How to progress career as an Associate Director?

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12 Jun 2018 Comments

As an Associate Director the fast-paced, deadline-driven world of PR can mean that managing your professional development can be tricky. Sarah Leembruggen shares her expertise in this Q&A with corporate and financial agency Associate Directors to help you maximise your potential.

Why flexible working is highly desirable for men, women – and your business

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05 Jun 2018 Comments

When it comes to levels of employee job satisfaction and overall happiness in the workplace, we hear time and again that work patterns that don’t fit the 9-5 mould matter as much as salary. The Works Search Annual Salary Guide 2017/18 took a close look at company benefits and the other factors that professionals across the industry in corporate communications and financial communications place a high value on when it comes to their jobs. Our survey found that flexibility in the workplace is high on the priority list of both male and female comms professionals.

For the 60% of female respondents, the one company benefit that would make the biggest difference to how they feel about their jobs is, unsurprisingly, flexible working. But flexible working isn’t just about being a woman or a parent anymore; it’s what the millennial generation are coming to expect and it is something organisations should be embracing and seeking to embed wherever possible.

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