Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Our blog has moved!

Hello, Flexiworkforce here.  Just a quick note to let you know that our blog has now moved to our official website – you’ll be able to read all our latest posts there from now on. (In other words, this blog is no longer active.)

When we’re not sharing ideas about how flexible working can help everyone enjoy both work and life a little more, we also promote flexible job vacancies (we have many talents). To browse the latest flexible job opportunities across the UK, click here.

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Happy International Day of Happiness!

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 Today is March 20th, the official day of happiness around the world!

21st century living can be stressful at times, so it is important to take time to be grateful, by reflecting on what truly makes us feel happy and fulfilled. To celebrate, five flexible workers share with us the things that make them happy about their job.

"Time moves in one direction,Memory in another.”

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“The best thing about my job is that every day is different. I can’t stand monotony and the daily grind, so the lack of a solid routine is perfect for me. I set my own hours and that’s great.”

“Since quitting the 9-5 I’ve been so much more appreciative of the time I spend with my family. I have two young children, and I feel like now I can really be there for them as they grow up. Life is short, they say, so I want to spend as much time with my kids as possible while they’re still young enough to want to spend time with me!”

“More than anything, I appreciate the opportunity that my job gives me to travel the world! My boss is fully supportive of me working remotely, and that is a great help. Working remotely opens up so many options. With modern technology there are almost no limits to what you can do.”

“My job makes me happy because it has allowed me to maintain my independence, and generally stay young. People that I speak to claim they never would guess I was 75! I really do believe that working into retirement keeps you young and agile”

“What makes me happy is the fact that I can work when it suits me. I’m a total night owl, and so I can just start working whenever the creative juices start flowing! I don’t have to drag myself out of bed for the morning commute.”

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Have a great day, every day with flexible working!

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The Perils of the Office Christmas Party. What to do and what NOT To Do

We are now well and truly into the festive season, and many of us still have the office Christmas party to look forward to. However, for some the Christmas period is a time of intense social anxiety. And when the free booze is flowing, it is more than likely that some will go overboard! Here are a few top tips to prevent your ‘Christmas do’ from turning into a Christmas don’t!

DO eat a good meal in the afternoon. We all know the types of foods we should be stuffing up on before a night of partying: milk is good for ‘lining the stomach’, but starchy foods like pizza, pasta and potatoes may help to prevent a hangover. So remember to treat yourself to a carbohydrate feast before the big night!

DO buy a decent present for your Secret Santa recipient… If you don’t make an effort you’ll just be feeling awkward when that underwhelming bottle of talc you found at the back of the bathroom cupboard is emphatically rejected…

DON’T  wear something too uncomfortable. You may look a million dollars in your killer heels, but after a few hours of wearing them you’ll be in agony. Ankle boots with a low heel are a stylish alternative that won’t make you feel like your feet are about to fall off. Also, don’t wear anything too tight- you want to have lots of room for nibbles and mince pies!

 DO the rounds and try to speak to everyone. The Christmas party is a great time for networking as everyone will be (hopefully) full of cheer and high spirits. Plus, you’ll have more fun if you can speak to people that you don’t normally see on a daily basis. DON’T overdo the Prosecco and end up the office laughing stock. Whenever you finish an alcoholic drink, balance it out by drinking a pint of water. Simple, but it does work!

And finally, DON’T do this: 

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Cocaine- the New Caffeine?

Now I would be lying if I said I don’t need a quick fix first thing in the morning in the shape of a good old cup of joe. But how many of us rely on substances of the illegal variety to supply us with the energy to get through the day?

Studies frequently reveal that the UK has the highest cocaine use in Europe, and in recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the numbers of women indulging in the drug.

The ongoing high-profile dispute between Nigella Lawson and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi has raised questions about the nature of drug use in middle-class women. The controversial case seems to have exacerbated fears that outwardly successful highly-motivated women are resorting to using class A drugs in order to maintain their busy lifestyles.

Headlines inform us that middle-class women are in the grip of an alarming epidemic in cocaine use. While some may dismiss this as sensationalist journalism, it is undeniable that the number seeking NHS help for addiction to the Class A drug has leapt by 50 per cent in two years.

The areas most affected by this new trend are the traditional ‘home counties’ surrounding London. These are the areas in which officers issue the most cautions for cocaine possession to women. It is no surprise that these areas are home to many high-flying professionals who rely on cocaine to fuel their demanding careers in the City. Cocaine has become easier and cheaper in the past decade. However, it has retained some of its ‘glamorous’ connotations. It seems as though cocaine has gone from being to a vice of the rich and famous to a quick fix for busy middle-class workers.

The motivation behind the decision to use cocaine is twofold: the drug may be relied on by high-achieving workers to help achieve the results they need. Alternatively, cocaine has become a popular fix, allowing solvent individuals to maintain high energy levels at parties and social gatherings. The result is that it has gained unprecedented social acceptability within middle-class professional circles.

However, as with other drugs, occasional use of cocaine can spiral into an addiction which may become out of control. Frequent users of cocaine can experience anxiety, insomnia and heart palpitations. The risks may increase when the drug is combined with alcohol.

Those who rely on the drug view it as an easy fix, a quick way of boosting their energy levels and increasing their output. These people should take time to consider the wider implications of their habit. The production and trading of the drug is responsible for countless murders and kidnappings  every year in Columbia and Peru: the world’s largest producers of cocaine.

It’s difficult to know how this alarming trend could best be tackled. This new cocaine-taking demographic are educated professionals, but the recent uptake of cocaine by the middle-classes may signal a need for more education on the effects of the drug on an individual’s health, and the worldwide consequences of its trade.

I think I’ll just be sticking to stick to my coffee for now.

 

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