Banking is failing the mental stress test

While widely recognised for some time that financial problems unavoidably affect mental health, alarming statistics in recent years reveal that 67% of senior-level decision makers at financial institutions say they would quit their jobs if stress levels did not improve. Metlife research also concluded that two out of five banking executives described their job as “Extremely Stressful”.

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Julie Chakraverty
The verdict's out - mental health for lawyers needs attention

The UK legal industry is facing many challenges as mental health becomes a bigger concern every year. Long hours, tough material to work with, and cuts in legal aid are just a few of many factors hyping up the stress levels of those in the profession. The nature of the job and competition within the field means young barristers are often overloaded with work. ‘All-nighters’ pulled off at least a couple of nights a week are now understood to be the norm.

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Julie Chakraverty
How CEOs can change company culture from the top

Company cultures can give a good read on how people are feeling in the business. Do people support each other? Are they feeling burnt out? If your company can’t answer questions like these with confidence, it’s important to make changes to better understand your corporate culture and also how you can lead by example to change it (because no company culture is perfect). So where can companies and managers start?

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Working X to X: How companies can support flexible working

Studies have shown that allowing employees to work from home can increase employee satisfaction and productivity in the long-term, and that an employer’s presence among employees has much less effect on productivity than that of their colleagues. It's clear that it has a lot of benefits. So, how can companies best support their flexible workforce?

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Why your company should prioritise soft skills

With a report last year estimating that robots will take over a third of British jobs by 2030, it might not seem far-fetched that robots could soon be our employees. However, there are still skills and roles that they cannot yet deliver well. AI is far from mastering critical thinking, leadership and listening skills, and it’s vitally important that companies develop and scale soft skills among their employees. Read more to find out how companies can do this.

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