Coffee time beats the daily grind

Chris Ward at one of his favourite coffee shops
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Ditching the office for a café can be good for your soul and even better for your productivity. You just need to persuade the boss

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My wife will be furious if I keep my mobile on

Your Question Answered: Is there really any need to keep ourselves in constant contact with the office?

Mary Curnock Cook, CEO of UCAS

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Leaving school at 16 and going to university after 40 was no impediment to a successful career in university admissions

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Stand up for yearly check-ups and stay in good health

Prevention is more cost-effective than cure

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‘Terrifying’ oil skills shortage delays projects and raises risks

The challenge of filling posts is prompting creative recruiting, with the military being tapped for North Sea jobs

Forget the CV, data decide careers

The human touch of job interviews is under threat from technology but can new techniques be applied to top-level recruitment?

empty desk in an office
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Dealing with an employee who always calls in sick

Your Question Answered: How do I stop my previous employer giving me a bad reference?

Matthew Hancock
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Young politician could become prime minister. For now, he is galloping to fix the workforce

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Control in a cockpit is usually clearer than in a corporation

The person in charge is not always the one behind the impressive-sounding name plate

Tips for high stakes board game

On boards stakes can be high and the complexities vast

Poverty pay corrodes capitalism

The basic and fundamental question of fair pay has forced its way on to the boardroom agenda

How Twitter killed the water cooler

Today, office gossip can wreak far more damage to careers because it reaches a much larger audience

Help needed in sales and marketing

Your Question Answered: I’m an introvert forced into sales. How do I push myself forward?

In or out: do millennials belong in company boardrooms?

Business logic and a simple sense of equity dictate that the gender and ethnic balance in the boardroom should alter

Board appointments for women show virtues of self-regulation

‘Let’s fight one battle at a time. Let it be the one with greatest advantage from winning’

‘Digerati’ to step into CEOs’ shoes

Chief data and digital officers are changing what even the most traditional companies do, how they do it and the preferred path of succession to the top

How do I win more flexibility after my maternity leave?

Your Question Answered: ‘How can I get my boss to let me work from home after maternity leave ends?’

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‘It’s about having detachment. All sport is a product at the end of the day’, says the ATP executive chairman

UK leads the way on NED term limits

As Glencore today became the last FTSE 100 company to put a woman on its board, the UK’s more subtle approach is showing its merits