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MAY 2015 ALSO INSIDE: Holiday issues



COMFORT ZONE Creating an ergonomic workspace

Ross Noble


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M AY 15 As the end of quarter two looms it’s time to take a look back at the year so far and give yourself a pat on the back for all your hard work. Here at Olé Towers, we certainly think you deserve it. So we’ve got an issue dedicated to making your life that little bit more comfortable and to get you dreaming about you summer holidays. More specifically, we’re investigating why a worrying number of people aren’t taking their full holiday allocation. We’re also making sure your time in the office is spent sitting comfortably with our piece on office ergonomics. Elsewhere, we hear from funny man Ross Noble about risk-taking in the TV world — plus, we’ll and we’ll give you some tips for looking lithe as well as recommending all the best entertainment and leisure activities as usual See you in June… Editor George Carey





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ON THE JOB JOB NEWS The latest career news of choice TAKE A BREAK Ensuring people take the holiday they’re owed IN YOUR COMFORT ZONE Creating an ergonomic workspace 60 SECONDS WITH Ross Noble

LUNCH BREAK BREAKTIME Catch up with the latest reviews and recipes AND ONE MORE THING… Getting beach ready

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SURVIVING SPRING WITH ALLERGIES The warm weather and raising pollen counts are set to plague allergy sufferers in the forthcoming weeks, but help is at hand from Hopes Relief skincare advisor Lindsey Miller: Does dust drive you mad • It’s not the mites themselves but proteins in their droppings that cause a reaction • Your bed is one of the worst places for dust mite exposure so wash bedding regularly. This needs to be at 60 degrees or above to kill mites • Hoover the mattress and all soft furnishings and floors regularly. Use a high-filtration vacuum cleaner with filters capable of retaining a high proportion of the smallest particles • Dust all surfaces at least once a week • Reduce humidity by opening windows regularly and avoid drying your washing on the radiator. Topical irritants used indoors • Topical irritants can be found in detergents and surfactants such as household cleaning agents, washing up liquids, laundry detergents, fabric softeners and furniture polish • Always pick hypo-allergenic, non-biological, natural, unperfumed products • Topical irritants may also be in the products we use on our skin; shower gels, body washes, soaps, etc • Always pick natural, unperfumed, uncoloured products that are soap-free or specifically tailored for sensitive skin.


Founder of Garden Club London, Tony Woods, gives his top tips on creating an outdoor entertaining space that opens out from a kitchen or dining room. Harmony and Balance Creating an ‘outdoor room’ that works in harmony with the interior to maximise the feeling of space is an essential. Too often the finished product can feel cold and stark, because the balance between the outdoor area’s ‘hard’ landscaping and the softer garden elements, such as flowers, have been overlooked. Blurring the lines The best examples of merging interiors with gardens are those that flow between spaces. For rooms with doors opening onto the garden, bring the outside in by using a consistent flooring material throughout. Use materials suitable for indoor and outdoor use, such as porcelain tiles, to avoid harsh contrast. The aim is to achieve an effect that simultaneously makes the room feel more airy and ‘outdoorsy’, and the outside area more cosy and interior-like. Details When refurbishing or extending a property ensure the internal and external floors are on the same level. Even a small step in the doorway will create a jarring effect at odds with what you’re trying to achieve.


IN BRIEF Taste test

TIPS FOR WHITER TEETH Oasis Dental Care share some easy and cost effect tips to brighten your smile ready for summer Brushing Techniques • Brush firmly but not too hard. You do not want to erode your natural tooth enamel. • The age-old advice is right – you REALLY must brush your teeth twice a day. This will clean your mouth of bacteria plaque build-up. • Always use fluoride toothpaste and follow up with floss for best results. • Brush your teeth for two minutes to make sure you’ve covered all areas. Some electric toothbrushes have builtin timers to let you know when you’ve been brushing long enough. • Eat an apple a day An apple is nature’s toothbrush! Eating an apple at the end of a meal helps to cleanse your mouth and remove stains! Pucker Up Kissing increases salvia, which helps clean teeth of the bacteria that could lead to cavities. (No one to kiss? Chewing sugar-free gum has the same effect).

Certain music makes your food taste better, according to scientists. Pavarotti heightens the intensity of chocolate mousse while the Beatles are perfect for for tastier fish and chips. Professor Charles Spence, a behavioural psychologist from Oxford University, said: “Music can’t create taste or flavours that aren’t in your mouth, but it can draw attention to certain notes in a wine or food that are competing in your mind… it’s kind of digital seasoning.”

Time to cheat A cunning German student filed the equivalent of a freedom of information request to see the questions in a test he was due to take. While savvy, he’s not a forward planner; freedom of information requests must be replied to within one month – meaning Simon should get his response by April 21 – five days after his first exam.

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I have been working for the same company for five years and a new manager has recently started. She keeps giving me tasks to do, even though I’m not her assistant and it isn’t within my remit. I wouldn’t mind, but it’s making me fall behind in my own work. How can I handle this? Peter London

I’m hoping to change careers but I’m in my mid-forties and I’m worried that I might have missed the boat. Is there anything I can do to give my CV a boost? Maria, Liverpool

You need to speak to your own boss and find out whether or not you are responsible for looking after the new manager too. Helping out is all very well but if your workload is effectively doubling you should have been consulted first. If this is the case, it might be time to discuss a pay rise. But don’t jump the gun – speak to your boss first, it could just be that the new recruit has misunderstood your role.

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Navigating a career change is a challenge at any age, especially in the current economic climate where jobs are like gold dust. Give your CV a complete overhaul, filtering out any waffle you may have added in order to get a previous role. Try to emphasise the more transferable skills such as initiative and team work. Have a look into what CPD opportunities are out there. Taking a course and attending relevant events will not only boost your CV but could help you build up a list of contacts in the industry.

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WORK RELATIONSHIP TALES OF WOE New research from the CIPD, the professional body for people develo pment, highlights that one in three UK em ployees (38%) have experienced some for m of interpersonal conflict at work in the last year, including one in four (29%) wh o have had isolated disputes or clashe s and a further one in four (28%) who rep ort ongoing difficult relationships. The y warn that mangers must diffuse tensions early as workplace conflict can impact on employee wellbeing and businesse s, with as many as one in 10 employees leaving an organisation as a result. The report, ‘Getting Under the Skin of Workplace Conflict’, found that con flict manifests itself in a number of ways at work, the most frequently cited bei ng lack of respect, according to 61% of respon dents. Alarmingly, one in every 25 responden ts who had experienced conflict at wo rk in the last year said they had experience d the threat, of or actual, physical assault. When conflict does arise at work, it’s most often perceived as being with line managers or other superiors (36%) rather than with direct reports (10%), highlig hting the important influence of the pow er balance in how conflict is experience d. In other words, the junior person in the relationship is more likely to identify the issue as a problem, while the senior person either didn’t identify it as a problem in the first place or sees it as having been resolved.

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QUIRKY WORKING ABROAD FACTS According to research by CXC Global, the global employment market is littered with many surprising legislative quirks that could land contractors in seriously hot water. Michelle Reilly, CEO of CXC Global, outlines her favourites: 1. Want to work in Germany? Become an atheist. If a freelancer operating in Germany belongs to the Roman Catholic or Protestant communities – and declares their religion – they have to pay an amount equal to eight to nine per cent of their income tax to support the church. 2. Paying twice the tax of your neighbour? Switzerland is made up of 26 cantons (regions), which have different rules regarding employment. Moving to a neighbouring street could mean you’re exposed to a different system of tax law. 3. Enjoy a 14 month year in Spain. One of the most attractive factors of working in Spain is that professionals generally receive bonuses in July and at Christmas that equate to being paid an additional 13th and 14th months’ salary. 4. Enjoy a break in Brazil. It’s got some very contractor-friendly taxation laws, not least that professionals are considered as nonresidents for a total of six months, out of a 12-month period, regardless of whether these days run consecutively or not.

EMPLOYER S’ WORST CV GRIPES Spelling an d grammati cal mistake top the list s of employe rs ’ C V peeves, a G pet SM London p o ll re veals. YouGov surv eyed senio r decision makers acro ss a range of sectors and busine ss sizes on behalf of the compa ny. A huge 87% cited spelling an d grammati cal mistake placing tha s, t above fac tors such a poor design s and includin g too much personal in formation. Incorrect in formation – such as contact na me or com p any name ranked sec ond with 76 %, followed by key info rmation mis s ing – such as dates of employmen t (74%). The poll als o showed th at employers find a ramb li ng CV more annoying (4 6%) than on e that’s too short (2 6%). Most re spondents don’t mind a candidate in cluding a picture, wit h just 13% s a ying they would find it annoying .

THEY SAID “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” Ann Landers

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Everyone loves a holiday, but a recent survey found that many workers aren’t making the most of their annual entitlement. GEORGE CAREY asks why staff are reluctant to take holiday leave?

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ith summer just around the corner no doubt you expect people to be looking into their holiday options for this year. Whether it’s an all-inclusive beach break in Spain, or a hiking adventure in Chile, few will say they don’t come back to work feeling refreshed after a week or two away. It might come as a shock to you then, that a recent survey found 40% of workers in the UK rarely, or never, use their full annual leave entitlement, with people saying they are “too scared” or “too busy” to take their full allowance. “With a lot of businesses stretched to capacity it’s worrying to see that many individuals are not taking their entitled time off,” says behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings. “Britain’s workforce should be encouraged to take regular time out to recharge their batteries. Taking a break from work and enjoying a holiday helps workers both mentally and physically, which really improves their productivity when they go back to work.” HOLIDAY HEALTH There are a number of benefits that holidays can bring – and I don’t just mean returning with a sun-kissed tan. A recent study by Kuoni Travel and Nuffield Health showed that holidaymakers’ ability to recover from stress, their sleep quality and blood pressure were significantly improved compared to their non-holidaying counterparts. Holidaymakers also showed reductions in their blood glucose levels, were in better shape, had higher energy levels and were in better moods than those who hadn’t gone away. “This study shows that holidays not only feel good, they actually help us to be healthier,” says psychotherapist Christine Webber. So what are the reasons for staff not taking all their holiday leave and how can this be addressed? According to a survey by Hilton Hotels and Resorts, the main reasons for people not taking holidays include running out of time to use it, worrying about judgement from colleagues, juggling busy workloads and difficulties fitting around other workers’ holidays. Fears about appearing to show lack of commitment to the job, being made redundant or colleagues taking credit for their work were also cited as explanations for not taking leave.

“Holidays not only feel good, they actually help us to be healthier” To tackle this, people must ensure they’re aware of how many days’ holiday they are entitled to and how they should go about taking them, especially if they are new in a workplace and aren’t sure of the process. People must be encouraged to take time off throughout the year so there isn’t a frantic rush to use up holiday allocation around Christmas. If you’re the office manager, it’s also a good idea to run a report of outstanding holiday leave a couple of months before the end of the year and to remind colleagues to book and take it. To keep workload pressures down while people are off, try to encourage your colleagues to take holidays at different times and make sure you discuss how their work will be covered while they’re away. This could involve bringing temporary or contract staff in so the rest of the office isn’t under too much strain, or simply arranging for their work to be covered by other staff members. So book some well-deserved time off throughout the year and, when you go, make sure you leave your laptop behind, remember to turn off your phone and most importantly of all … relax!


Ran out of time to use it Too busy to take it all Didn’t want to take that much time off work Too difficult to fit leave around other colleagues’ workloads/meeting schedules No reason to take time off Too difficult to fit leave around other colleagues’ time off Worried about losing job Didn’t feel like should take it all Frowned upon in the work place Worried about not looking committed to the job.

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Thousands of office workers every year take time off because of musculoskeletal problems that could be prevented by the right working ergonomically. JESS PIKE explains how


fter a long day at work there’s nothing worse than feeling like you’ve done 12 rounds with Mike Tyson, and having to take a long bath in the vain hope that a concoction of scented bubbles and soapy water will undo some of the tightening knots in your back and neck. Chances are that such a scenario would be down to one thing only: poorly designed office furniture. Whether it’s a chair with a poorly-angled back or a desk that’s too low, furniture that’s has been designed without ergonomics in mind can hamper both your comfort and productivity. According to research commissioned by Fellowes, people spend seven hours a day at their desks. Although, as UK trade marketing manager Tania Turner points out, working with technology isn’t restricted to the boundaries of the office. “We can be working at a desk one day and from a hotel room or from home the next. With these new, flexible ways of working come fresh challenges for businesses to ensure we are working comfortably and productively wherever we work. Not only that, but employers also have a legal obligation to ensure that their employees are working safely and comfortably, whatever their location.” But what exactly is ergonomics? According to Fiona Mills, Avery UK’s marketing director, it’s an allencompassing subject area which takes into account human biology, psychology, engineering and design, “… and aims to improve and optimise a product’s performance, whilst protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of individuals involved”. ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? Poor ergonomics can have a real impact on a company’s profitability, often leading to a drop in employee productivity and, as Fellowes’ research indicates, extensive time off in some cases. “Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which can affect muscles, nerves, tendons and joints, are completely preventable,” says Clare Harland, European product manager for ergonomics at Kensington. It goes without saying that MSDs can lead to repetitive

“Employers have a legal obligation to ensure their employees are working safely and comfortably”

strain injuries and even long-term disability and can thus hamper productivity and have a direct impact on employee absenteeism levels and office morale. “If employees are provided with the right ergonomic solutions for their working environment it’s likely that they’ll feel happier within their place of work,” explains Clare. “This, in turn, leads to lower staff replacement and training costs. In addition, if the chances of MSDs occurring are significantly reduced there’s a reduced risk of litigation and lower insurance and compensation costs.” PROMOTING WORKPLACE WELLBEING With advancements in technology racing forward, and many offices adopting a bring-your-own-device policy, employers have to overcome a number of challenges when it comes to comfort and safety. Added to this, it’s widely publicised, says Clare, that office workers are putting their health at risk by spending too much of the day sitting down, illustrating the need for new ergonomic product developments. “Employees working in many European countries, who now have the right to request flexible working and longer working hours, are placing additional demands on employee health, further increasing the need to identify ergonomic solutions,” she explains. “With technologies like tablets and smartphones come a wider range of both traditional and non-traditional ergonomic accessories, which are specifically designed to prevent long-term injuries such as RSI.” Products like chair mats can also be particularly beneficial for workers and employers, providing as they do an easy glide surface for chair users. “On average an office chair is estimated to travel around eight miles a year in thousands of short, sharp movements,” says John Barker, marketing manager at Floortex. “These repetitive movements are generated by the chair user’s legs and lower back and can result in fatigue and stress over the course of the working day or week. Likewise, the greater the effort needed to manoeuvre the chair, the greater the strain and damage that’s likely to be caused to the person”. Workplace wellbeing is more important today than ever before. With research from Fellowes revealing that 52% of employees say they’d be proud to work for a company that took employees’ wellbeing seriously, and acted upon accordingly, savvy employees will make sure their bosses see the importance of this area of office life.

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ROSS NOBLE The Geordie funny man raps about his faraway following and the wonders of unpredictable TV We don’t see you on our screens that often. Why is that?


A lot of comics think that if they get on telly then people will want to see them live, and I always thought that was a bit of a shortcut, whereas what I did was the other way round. I didn’t bother with telly and built up a massive live audience and then that audience allowed me to do the telly I really wanted to do.

I hear you’ve got a big following in Australia. How did that come about?


It’s brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I started going over there 16 years ago, which seems like five minutes ago! I did exactly the same thing as I did in this country. Basically, I went and did small gigs and then there was a word of mouth, went back and relentlessly toured. I would go there and tour these small mining towns, and then go back and play to a bigger audience and it started to build.

The second series of your show is currently airing. What’s it about?


It’s a show that doesn’t have a format, we make it up as we go along. It becomes whatever it is when I get there, depending on the situation. The whole show is driven by Twitter. I’ve got my motorbike which can get me quickly anywhere in the country, and then I go on Twitter and say to my followers, ‘what’s going on, what’s it going to be’ and people tweet me and invite me to come and visit them or give me advice on where to go.

What’s the strangest situation you’ve found yourself in?


One minute I can be putting up plaques on the walls of the childhood homes of famous people using dinner plates in the Northampton area, and then the next minute I’m going to meet Billy Ocean so he can record a message of support for a man who is up in court because he got a courtesy call he shouldn’t have had. Ross Noble Freewheeling series two shows exclusive to Dave at 10pm on Tuesdays

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OPPENHEIMER The word epic is so intensely overused, but I can’t think of a better one describe for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest West end offering – bearing in mind its length and subject matter. This threehour juggernaut about the creation of the atomic bomb by J Robert Oppenheimer is a true marvel. Featuring a stellar turn from John Heffernan as the eponymous hero, the play charts his inexorable decline as a once charming, popular man is utterly consumed by his world-changing work. We all know how this one ends, but the journey to the grisly conclusion is spectacular.

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Big Game Hunting for ‘Big Game’, terrorists shoot down Air Force One, the US President’s plane, over Finland. His only hope of survival is Oskari, a 13-year-old boy. While out in the forest, trying to prove himself as a hunter, Oskari finds the cowardly President in the plane’s escape pod Together, they must escape the terrorists and get back to civilisation in one piece. Big Game is an action-packed comedy adventure which, at long last, sees Samuel L. Jackson play the President of the United States.

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The Desired Effect is the forthcoming second studio album by Killers frontman Brandon Flowers. The album arrives a little under five years after his solo debut, Flamingo, and Flowers says it’s a big step forward: “On the first record I was holding things back. I’m not holding back on this record. I just want to write the best thing I can and put it out right now.” That means more of the driving backbeats and anthemic choruses he might once have squirreled away for the next Killers LP instead of using them up on a solo project.

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POWER HOUR HIIT If you’re struggling to find the time to fit in your workouts and – more importantly – you’re feeling very brave, why not give Hiit a try. It’s short for high intensity interval training and the ‘high intensity’ part isn’t mere hyperbole. The action takes place in a series of short, intense exercises with longer periods of reduced activity. A good example of this would be sprinting for 30 seconds on an exercise bike and then cycling at 50% for a minute, before starting the process again.

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Getting the nation

The topic of employee wellbeing has grown in popularity recently. As well as improved office productivity there is strong evidence to suggest that improved wellbeing improves your workplace happiness too. This April Fellowes launched their “Getting the nation working well” campaign and this year they want you to get involved and share your thoughts through social media. Fellowes will be posting lots of useful information on social media to inspire you to stop those bad working habits, including top tips and ergonomic product information. Share your thoughts and top tips today. Let’s get the nation working well!

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GAVIN WREN is a PA caught between a rock and a lard place. How can he possibly get himself beach ready with so many snacks in the office?

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s the evening’s get lighter and the months roll on, it has occurred to me that the holiday I booked at the start of the year is fast approaching. Good news, right? There’s only one problem: I’m looking like more of a zorb than a Zayn Malik! Now, I’m all up for eating well – in theory – but our office is always full of snacks. When it comes to food I’m happy to operate on an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ basis, but when it’s in my face I’ve got the self-control of Kim Kardashian with an Instagram account. Plus, in this weather, a few drinks after work seems like an essential stop on my journey home, rather than an indulgence. This often leads to another destination being added to the journey – the fried chicken shop! So, what to do? Go on holiday looking like a beach ball or spend the next month forlornly gazing at snacking colleagues, while whispering curses about my long-gone youthful metabolism. I could try cycling to work but that would make me... well... a cyclist, and nobody likes them. Better to be a porker than a pariah, I reckon. I could go jogging but it’s literally the most boring thing to do in the whole wide world - used in some parts as a punishment for shoplifting, or so I’m told. I could try to snack in moderation, but it’s really not me. I prefer to either dive in or keep my feet dry. Do they hand out one-month gastric bands on the NHS? Seems unlikely. So I suppose I’ll just have to keep my hands to myself and do my best to ignore the delicious treats floating around the office. I suppose it’ll be worth avoiding the cakes if I can walk down the beach without having to worry about a muffin top.

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