Also in the news this week - 16 September 2016

16 September 2016

Arrogance is biggest turn-off in job interviews

Most managers and employers (67%) find arrogance the biggest turn-off when interviewing candidates for a new job according to a new survey by LyteSpark. On a more positive note, the most impressive qualities in job candidates are: the ability to interact naturally (58%); preparation (50%) and eloquence (42%).

Just how long will the new £5 notes last?

It may be made of plastic and able to withstand a washing machine cycle but the new £5 note may not have a very long shelf-life if a new survey of consumers is anything to go by. A poll by Worldpay has found that a third of Brits believe cash will be obsolete by 2020. And, by this date, 54% of Brits also think phones will have superseded cards as the most popular payment method. "The shift that we are seeing in terms of consumer preferences and what shoppers now expect from the high street is seismic and paying with cash is an inconvenience for many of today's shoppers," said James Frost, chief marketing and commercial officer at Worldpay.

Why charity begins at work

Jobseekers increasingly prefer to work for companies that are socially responsible according to a new poll by Regus. It found that 45% of UK professionals said that it was important for their employer to be involved in charity work; and 37% would choose the more charitable company if confronted with two equal job opportunities. Richard Morris, UK ceo of Regus, said: "Corporate social responsibility has perhaps been regarded as a nice-to-have by many businesses rather than an essential element of business strategy. But, for today's jobseekers, charitable and community initiatives are incredibly important."

New Acas guide on improving productivity

Acas has published new guidance aimed at businesses of all sizes to help them become more productive. The guide focuses on leadership, people management and improving organisational skills. Stewart Gee, Acas head of guidance, said: "Poorly trained front line managers are bad for business and productivity. People skills, setting team goals and planning work ahead are just some of the essential skills that managers of well-run companies need."