Also in the news this week - 29 July 2016

29 July 2016

Flexibility is key to staff happiness

Faced with two job similar offers, 92% of workers in SMEs said they would choose the one that offered flexible working, according to new research by Regus. And a third of respondents (33%) also said they would have stayed longer in previous jobs if flexibility had been offered. "The days of the fixed hours, fixed location job are becoming as outdated as the office fax machine," said Richard Morris, UK ceo of Regus. "Flexibility is no longer seen as a perk, it is now a key differentiator for talented individuals."

Would an email reminder help you file accounts on time?

Firms that have switched to email reminders from paper are more likely to file their accounts and annual return on time, and are less likely to face penalties as a result, according to Companies House. Companies can choose up to four people (including an agent) to receive the reminder and documents can be filed immediately via a link in the email. Sign-up for email reminders is available on the Companies House website.

Dragons' Den is back

Now in its 14th series, Dragons' Den is back on the box with Peter Jones, Sarah Willingham, Touker Suleyman, Deborah Meaden and Nick Jenkins on the panel. After 14 years, Jones is now the only original Dragon. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) will be blogging about the series and discussing issues related to intellectual property in each episode.

Mental health issues affecting more employees

The number of people saying that they have experienced mental health issues while in employment has gone up over the past five years according to new research from the CIPD. Almost a third (31%) of employees surveyed in 2016 said they have experienced a mental health problem at some point during their working life, compared with 26% in 2011. Of those affected, 42% have experienced a problem in the past 12 months. The CIPD is calling on businesses to take a more preventative approach to employees' mental wellbeing, encouraging a culture of openness and providing more support.