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You know those days when you just wished you knew the answer. 
Well it’s Ok isn’t it, because you can just type the question (or whatever you are looking for) into Google. Can’t you? 
Well yes but sometimes you also need to have the confidence that the answer you get is the right one. 
I met with my Business Coach today and it got me thinking. How great it was to have an actual somebody who knew the stuff I needed to know. More importantly he knows that the advice he is giving is up to date and lawful. But even better, he actually does stuff for me. It’s stuff that he knows about, he’s qualified to do and stuff that just, quite honestly, gives me a headache. 
I do love a good quote. Yes, while I might not profess to knowing much about football, I did always enjoy hearing what Brian Clough had to say next. He’s responsible for one of my favourite quotes to date: 
“I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one.” 
While Cloughie bristled with a well-intentioned level of arrogance (he did christen himself Old Big ‘Ead when awarded an OBE after all), he did have the stats to back it up. He was a great manager, taking Nottingham Forest and Derby County, two of my local sides, to unprecedented levels of glory. 
Like I say though, that’s football. Not my forte. But what about management? What qualities are needed to make a good manager in the workplace step up to become a great manager? Here are a few small tips that can yield big results: 
Well actually no it isn't really. 
Experts have declared ‘sitting is the new smoking’ and whilst you may think this is a bit extreme, there is now science behind the truth that prolonged sitting is dangerous to our health. 
The average Brit spends 8.9 hours a day sitting down. More of us are working in jobs which see us spending our entire work days sitting down, even those of us who have our own businesses – but sedentary behaviour is often linked to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer and even premature death. 
So do you encourage your employees to move about during their day or is it frowned upon if they get up and walk about?  
One thing I’ve learned during my time in HR is that things don’t always go how you’d hope, despite your best efforts. 
Obviously very few people try and get it wrong, but the reality is that the skills you need to run a business and those needed for and managing your staff are often very different. 
The clue is in the name really – Human Resources. It’s dealing with one of the least predictable beings on earth…humans. 
No it’s not a joke .. but it can be a bit of a challenge as an employer. So let's have a look at some of the common questions that arise as part of the resignation process. 
Research by Bupa has revealed that almost two thirds of British workers are too busy to take the twenty-minute lunch break that is required by law when they’re working shifts of six hours or more. 
In fact, a whopping 28% are not taking any breaks at all during their working day. 
Take a second to think about how this applies to your business. Is there a culture of employees being chained to their desks until the end of their shift? It's worth taking the time to consider what the impact could be? 
Several weeks have passed now since the majority of UK voters chose to opt out of the European Union, but it’s still very much the topic of ongoing conversation. As the majority voted to leave the EU, it’s clear that big changes are ahead, and we’re moving into completely unchartered territory. 
Regardless of what you think about the outcome from a personal point of view, there’s no denying that there are going to be some very real ramifications for employers. 
Several people have asked me what I think the impact will be and what exactly do you need to know about moving forward? In this guide, I share my thoughts and what you should be aware of as a business leader. 
Whether it’s to celebrate a birthday, a promotion, a retirement, or just the end of another week, there’s no shortage of baked goods to enjoy with a nice cup of tea in the office. It’s a tradition that plenty of us enjoy, but have you stopped to think about the potential health implications on your workforce? 
We’re currently living through some very uncertain times here in the UK, and you’ve no doubt seen the news stories unfolding in recent weeks detailing terrible acts of racism and xenophobia on our streets since the country voted to leave the EU. 
There’s no denying that there’s a level of fear amongst minority communities, and True Vision, a police-run site created to combat hate crime, recently recorded a five-fold increase in reported incidents from the public in the days following the referendum result. So what exactly do employers need to be aware of, and what are your responsibilities as we navigate our way through what’s to come? 
Read on for advice and guidance. 
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you’ll no doubt be familiar with the latest digital trend to be sweeping the world. Pokémon Go involves using your mobile device to locate and capture virtual creatures, and it’s currently being used by more than 100 million users. 
Some have praised the app for encouraging people to get outside and become more active, but it’s also had its fair share of criticism. Concerns have been expressed about the likelihood of players being involved in accidents whilst engrossed in the game, and there have been reports of trespassing and even fights breaking out in the street. 
Whether you’re an addicted player or a bit of a cynic, if you’re an employer then you have some serious considerations to make. Statistically speaking it’s very likely that your staff are indulging in a little Pokémon Go in their spare time, and possibly even at the office.