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JUNE 2015 ALSO INSIDE: 50 reasons to leave | Derren Brown | Sunglasses

MOBILE WORKING Taking your work-life on the move


J U N E 15 As Wimbledon looms on the horizon and thoughts turn to strawberries and cream, it’s time to get summery. I hope you’ve all got a short break booked, or something sunny to look forward to in the next few months. In this time of sunny new beginnings we’re asking readers if it’s time to look elsewhere for work in our ’50 reasons to leave your job’ feature. We also look at the rise of mobile working. Elsewhere, we take a look at the most stylish ways to shade your eyes, spend 60 seconds with Derren Brown and hear from one reader about her office security woes.

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A fleet of self-driving shared cars could make 90% of conventional cars in cities superfluous, according to a study published by the International Transport Forum at the OECD. Even during peak hours, only a third (35%) of the current number of cars would be needed to provide the same number of trips. ITF researchers used transport data from Lisbon, Portugal, to model the impact of two concepts: “TaxiBots”, self-driving vehicles shared simultaneously by several passengers (ride sharing) and “AutoVots”, which pick-up and drop-off single passengers sequentially (car sharing). The largest reduction is achieved where a fleet of TaxiBots is complemented by a subway or other high-capacity public transport. But even in the least effective scenario, 50% of cars would no longer be needed. The need for on-street parking spots could be removed with a fleet of shared self-driving cars in all scenarios, allowing the reallocation of 1.5 million m² (20% of road space) to other uses. While the number of cars is drastically lower, total kilometres travelled increase. This is due to detours for pick-ups/drop-offs, repositioning and a shift from bus trips to shared cars. The additional travel could increase environmental impacts, if the fleets used conventional engines. If a fleet of electric vehicles were used instead, a TaxiBot fleet would need only 2% more vehicles, however, to accommodate battery recharging times and reduced travel range.

In his latest Life Hack post, John Freund shares a few essential online credit card usage tips. Only buy from trusted websites – online shopping is all the rage these days, and often times we enter our credit card information without giving it a second thought. That’s basically an identity thief’s wet dream. To keep the wolves at bay, make sure you check for security signs from whatever site you’re shopping from. These include a URL that begins with ‘https’ instead of the standard ‘http.’ That ‘s’ stands for ‘secure,’ which means the site uses encryption code when transmitting data online. Check the page for a lock symbol or security icon from a trusted firm like Verisign or McAfee. These indicate a secure site. Be careful when you travel – The universal language isn’t English anymore – it’s code. That means that a hacker can snag your personal information from anywhere in the world. So be sure to be extra cautious when you travel. Only use your card at bank ATMs and trusted retailers. Let your bank know where you’re traveling and what the dates are so they can notify you if there are any suspicious purchases. And always update your antivirus protection if you’re bringing a laptop with you. Avoid public computers and WiFi – People love to go online shopping whenever the mood strikes. Sometimes this means shopping on a public computer or open WiFi network. This is dangerous as these platforms are especially vulnerable. So here’s a little trick for you: Feel free to browse and comparison shop online when you’re on an open WiFi network, but don’t purchase anything. Wait until you’re on a secure server (your home computer) before making a purchase. This has the doubly-positive effect of helping to curb your impulse-buying habits! As for public computers, never enter credit card information on them. Hackers often install malware onto public computers specifically targeting online shoppers. Plus the computer’s cache can store your personal information, making it easier for someone to steal it.


IN BRIEF WIMBLEDON BANS SELFIE STICKS Selfie sticks have been banned from the Wimbledon tennis championship, according to the BBC. The All England Lawn Tennis Club has warned the sticks – which help with taking self-portrait photos – will not be allowed into this year’s event. The ticketholders’ guide said: “In common with many other major sports and entertainment events and cultural attractions, the championships will not allow selfie sticks into the grounds.” The devices have already been banned at some museums and sports grounds. A spokesman for the club told the Sunday Times the move was brought in partly because of the “nuisance value” but “primarily so it doesn’t interfere with spectators’ enjoyment”. A selfie stick allows its user a longer reach when using a smartphone or camera to take a “selfie” – a self-portrait photo. Last month the National Gallery, in Trafalgar Square, placed the devices in the same category as tripods, which were already prohibited. The Palace of Versailles in Paris, the Colosseum in Rome and US museum group, The Smithsonian, have also banned selfie sticks. And after a complaint from a fan, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club prohibited the sticks from their White Hart Lane ground.

Beat it Anyone who says military bands and royal families don’t have a sense of humour have obviously never been to Sweden. To celebrate King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden’s 70th birthday, the army brass band played an inspired cover of Swedish House Mafia’s hit song Don’t You Worry Child. If the craze catches on what do you think we could hear at the next Trooping the Colour?

Beer munchies Nothing gets between a drunk man and his fast-food – not even a polystyrene box, it seems, in a video that went viral online. An unnamed chap got the hunger pangs in a big way after what appears to have been a massive night out. He popped into a takeaway joint and chowed down on a kebab. Workers couldn’t help but start filming when their customer aggressively chomped into the box and ate it without noticing.

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The woman who sits next to me at work snacks really loudly. She’s always crunching crisps and gulping her drink. I don’t think I can take it anymore. What should I do? Chris, Oxford

My colleague is always knocking on my office door with everything that comes to her mind. I value her thoughts but it can be distracting. How do I tell her without hurting her feelings? Liz, Plymouth

If someone’s eating habits are bothering you that much, there are underlying issues. Try to figure out what bothers you about the person. Very little will be solved by telling them, because they have every right to eat at their desk. However, there’s no reason you should suffer in silence. Speak to your line manager and get yourself moved to another desk, or perhaps you can find another reason you would need to move, e.g. environment, reorganisation etc. Or, if all else fails, can’t you wear headphones?

At least you have an office door – that’s a start. You could put a note on the door that says you’re busy, but this can make you seem secluded by the rest of the office. You could block time out in your Outlook diary as meetings when you’re trying to get work done. If you do work with this woman and she has reason to speak to you regularly, why not set up a weekly meeting with her as an official venue for her thought-sharing? It’s a fine line you need to tread to avoid ruining the relationship...

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IS YOUR COMPANY ONE OF THE BEST In the latest Life Hack post, Margielyn Musser lists the best indicators tha t you are working for a great company. The leadership is honest, approa chable and fair – It’s easier to follow someon e you think is honestly wanting the best for you, themselves and the company. They are there to answer your questions and if the y do not know the answer, they will find it for you. There is room for growth – This can be through promotions or education for the benefit of you and the compan y. Some companies are willing to give schola rships away, as long as it is for classes in the same field of work. It will help your creden tials, your pay and their customers by givi ng them trained professionals. There is open collaboration bet ween everyone – Meetings to collaborate on what needs to be addressed betwe en you and the rest of the office are importa nt. Your voice is important to management and they are there to hear what you have to say and what has been bothering you. There is a small company feel – If you interact with your upper managem ent with more than just the occasional policy change email, it’s definitely a good thing. Com panies that have their CEO or general manag er do little things like friendly competitio ns with a bonus for a prize or a friendl y dinner to touch base with a group of emplo yees shows that they really care about how their employees are feeling.

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OVERCOME YOUR INTERVIEW NERVES In this Careerealism post, Ariella Combs gives her tips for overcoming the jitters. Prep yourself or wreck yourself – First off, prepare yourself as best as you can. Not being prepared for something you know is cecoming the silliest way to throw away a great opportunity. When you’re prepared, you’re more confident. And when you’re confident, you have a better shot at nailing it. Attack your fear – I used to think it was better to sell myself short and let my fears take over. I thought maybe if I accept that I’m going to screw up before I screwed up, I’d be more relaxed – What was there to lose? But, instead of empowering me to take control, this “strategy” made me feel even more vulnerable and nervous. That’s when I learned that I had to attack my fear. It made me feel capable and strong. Trick yourself into getting excited – You know how sometimes, when you’re excited about something, you feel really nervous? Well, when you’re really nervous about something, you can trick yourself into feeling excited. Flip it around! Get excited about whatever it is you’re going to do and counter those nerves.

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THEY SAID “Most people chase success at work, thinking that will make them happy. The truth is that it’s happiness at work that will make you successful.” Alexander Kjerulf

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The rise of mobile technology is empowering office workers everywhere. AUSTIN CLARK takes a look at the technology making it possible


orking on the go from wherever and whenever has become much more accepted in today’s modern workplaces. Workers no longer need to be in the office to be productive with technology the key enabler of this trend. One specific product that has made remote working much simpler is the mobile device. Mark Ash, general manager print – UK & Ireland, Samsung, says: “In today’s enterprises, employees expect to be able to access and complete their work wherever they are. Mobile devices have been the enablers of this trend, allowing employees to check emails, write documents and create presentations on the go.” Recent research from Samsung has found that three quarters of the European respondents are ‘work-life blending’ by doing personal tasks in work time (75%) and work tasks in their personal time (77%). This demise of the ‘nine to five’ can be largely attributed to the proliferation of mobile devices in the workplace, giving employees ultimate flexibility about when and where they want to work. “An increasing number of smartphones are also now equipped with security solutions that allow people to access emails and documents on the go, while reassuring IT that confidential information is secure,” continues Mark. “Samsung’s SMART print range has been developed with mobile integration in mind, in fact, the operating system is powered by Android, meaning the user experience is just like using one of our mobile products. This doesn’t just provide an ease-of-use benefit but means the printer becomes less about the printed output and more about how content can be accessed or shared from any device to any device or virtual location. We call this SMART printing innovation.” BYOD and the cloud Connectivity also plays a major role in remote working. Rob Attryde, marketing communications manager at KYOCERA Document Solutions UK, explains: “Over the past few years the pace of technology change has closely mirrored an

“In today’s enterprises, employees expect to be able to access their work wherever they are”

evolution within the workplace to embrace more remote and mobile ways of working. The increasing adoption of both Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and cloud, in particular, have injected momentum into this shift. “Document management is no longer restricted to four walls and the corporate network, and brings with it a host of challenges in terms of efficiency and security. A controlled print, copy and document environment offered by deploying a Managed Document Service (MDS) can ensure both these challenges are more effectively addressed. Employees now need to be able to print, access and store data – even from a smartphone or tablet PC.” Mobile printing Andy Johnson, product and solutions manager at Brother UK, adds: “Portable printers provide part of an ‘office in your pocket’, as employees don’t have to return home or go back to the office to print important documents. Employees can share work with colleagues in the office just as easily as they can produce print outs for clients on the road. One of our customers has saved more than 2,000 hours a year by not having to travel back to the office to print. This has meant that they can complete almost 600 more jobs every year, boosting revenue without any additional staff costs. “Cloud print solutions such as Google Cloud Print are also enabling workers to print emails, web pages and other documents from smartphones or tablets, without the need to install drivers. It makes printing accessible from any device, at any time, wherever they are based, enhancing working on the move. “Printers that offer web connect features are also time efficient, allowing users to print directly from cloud-based services such as Google and removing the need to log onto a desktop device. Connectivity options such as near field communication (NFC) and Wi-Fi Direct make the user’s print experience as simple as possible. NFC, in particular, is a relatively new technology in print and, as consumers become familiar with it, they will begin to recognise how easy it is to use. In the meantime, it’s important that we educate people on how they can best use it.” Are you taking full advantage of the mobile options available to you at work? By engaging with this technology and promoting its use in your office, you may be able to change your working life for the better.

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Have you ever thought: What am I still doing at this company? Some office banter at marketing agency Clevertouch gave rise to this definitive list of 50 ways/reasons to leave your company. If you can tick more than five we suggest you should start clearing your in-tray immediately

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“You’ve heard your boss’ ‘Why I Set up the Company’ first-hand 200-plus times and there doesn’t seem to be an edited version” YOU KNOW IT’S TIME TO LEAVE YOUR COMPANY WHEN… 1. The Christmas office party does not extend beyond £25 per head and a memo goes out beforehand on ‘company standards’. 2. The HR manager knows your name, really well. 3. Your company’s logo is blue and boring or it has ‘solutions’ in the name. 4. You get issued with an employee badge and an employee number. 5. The internal meeting is more important than a customer meeting. 6. The execs have their own car parking spaces. 7. A company-wide email comes round asking “whoever parked in the MD’s parking space, please move their car straight away”. 8. The loo roll is as thin as the office walls. 9. The company has a fish tank, a flag or, even worse, an animal mascot. 10. The company has a restricted use of the internet and social media sites during office hours. 11. Flexible working means some nights you can knock off at six. 12. The company has no women on the board or in senior management positions. 13. The annual kick off got relocated from Dubai to Derby. 14. Your company downgrades its biscuits to Rich Tea. 15. The CEO complains that it’s easy not being the CEO. 16. Part of your promotion means you get a comfier chair. 17. You get passed over for promotion because your skirt is not short enough. 18. The company ‘invests’ in plastic plants. 19. You are asked whether you have contributed to the tea and coffee fund. 20. The execs drive cars worth more than your house and wear watches worth more than your car. 21. The boss thinks it’s cool to start up a company band… as long as he’s in it. 22. A senior exec has to leave the company suddenly because of an ‘expenses irregularity’. 23. You spend half your wages on the restaurant or coffee machine. 24. The CEO takes a special interest in interviewing female graduate trainees. 25. The receptionist doesn’t learn your name and never will. 26. The company share scheme is worth 1/10 of the boss’s monthly pension scheme but is less likely to pay out.

27. The company party moves from a London venue to the company meeting room. 28. The ageing CEO starts wearing tight black t-shirts and jeans to the office. 29. The HR director has a permanent seat at the management meetings. 30. Your boss doesn’t know who your clients are. 31. Your company announces a 24/7, 365 days a week policy and insists you adhere to it. 32. Your office socials are three-line-whips, but you still have to buy your own beer. 33. You have a retirement date calculator as a screen saver. 34. Your HR department is more listened to than any of your customers. 35. You are passed over for promotion in favour of the boss’s secretary who has decided to retrain. 36. You walk past the HR manager’s office and you see your name on the board. 37. You get stuck in the revolving door at head office and need to be released by the fire brigade. 38. The boss says: “Why do we need a social media strategy? Is it necessary?” 39. The receptionist is replaced by meeters and greeters. 40. Your boss has a special obsession with dogs wearing glasses and other ropey Powerpoint clip-art. 41. Your boss keeps telling you it’s a tough market out there and there’s no way you could get another job. 42. You’ve heard your boss’ “Why I Set up the Company” first-hand 200-plus times and there doesn’t seem to be an edited version. 43. You take your clients out for lunch and your boss pays with a Pizza Express ‘buy-one-get-one free’ voucher. 44. The CEO says we must do the right thing by the customer, but you know you will be asked to do unnatural things to make the numbers at the end of the quarter. 45. You get a new set of business cards with a 25-year career logo on. 46. The organisation chart goes up and your name’s not on it. 47. Your new boss says I won’t be making any changes – just yet. 48. Your boss knows your partner’s name at the Christmas party but forgets yours. 49. Your boss is married to the HR manager and you’re unaware of it. 50. The company mascot has its own website and blog.

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DERREN BROWN The magician, illusionist and mentalist raps about his creative process and life on the road

I hear that you still get really excited about touring. Is that true?


“This is my 13th year of touring, six months every year, so I love it. TV can be fun too – with my Apocalypse show a few years ago it was amazing to be sitting back watching it all unfold; as this guy goes through this end-of-world experience. It’s like a huge practical joke, really. It’s huge fun but with so many people involved, months and months of preparation, things can often become quite frustrating. TV has its ups and downs, whereas with the stage, I think every aspect of it is fun.”

How do you come up with such elaborate live concepts?


“I sit down and really think about it. I’ve written most of the shows with a guy called Andrew Nyman who directs the show, we co-write them together and another guy called Andrew O’Connor is part of the process too. The three of us sit around for a month or so and talk about what material will go into the show and what will shape it. And then we have a month of rehearsing, getting it up on its feet until you have the vague sense that, ‘OK, that should work’. But it’s only really when you start doing it that first week, when you actually try it on real people that you know. You just have no idea how it’s going to work until you try it with a real audience.”

Do you enjoy life on the road?


“I get my days free which is something I don’t normally have in real life. It’s amazing to be able to potter round and go to book shops and things which I wouldn’t have the time for otherwise.”

Do you get recognised much when you’re out and about?


“I’m not very tall or especially flamboyant. Especially since I lost my little goatee, I generally don’t get stopped that much and if I do, people seem really nice!” Derren Brown: Miracle is currently on a national tour. For more details visit:

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BEYOND B O L LY W O O D This vibrant, technicolour show is a beautiful assault on the senses from start to finish. Protagonist Shaily Shergill is on a mission to fulfil her mother’s dying wish, to revive the family’s failing theatre and produce the show to end all shows. Spanning oceans and continents, this is an epic tale with everything turned up to 11. If you’ve never visited India before, you’ll feel like a seasoned traveller by the time the lights come up. Guided along the way by occasional input from her ethereal mother’s spirit, will Shaily complete her quest? This is high camp at its best.


Serves: 4 Prep: 25 minutes INGREDIENTS  1 bunch asparagus  4 rashers of bacon, sliced into strips  500g fresh pasta  40g parmesan, grated  sea salt  freshly ground black pepper  extra virgin olive oil. METHOD Heat a frying pan and fry the chopped asparagus stalks in olive oil with the bacon. When the asparagus softens slightly turn the heat off and mash with the back of a fork. Cook the pasta in boiling water according to pack instructions. Add the asparagus tips for the last two minutes of cooking time. Drain the pasta, reserving a cup of the cooking water, and toss with the mashed asparagus and bacon. Stir in most of the parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Serve with parmesan sprinkled on top.

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Jurassic World Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.


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Drones, the new album from Muse, promises to be one of 2015’s most high-profile rock albums. Songwriter Matthew Bellamy told Rolling Stone that the album “should be something that really does strip away the additional electronic and orchestral things that we’ve experimented with on the last two albums... I kind of feel like it will be nice to reconnect and remind ourselves of just the basics of who we are”. First reviews suggest the new album won’t disappoint.

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POWER HOUR INSANITY Are you starting to feel that your workouts have become a little tame? Well maybe it’s time you turned your hand to something a little more unstable. Insanity started off as a DVD sensation but is now sweeping across the land in a gym near you. Classes claim to burn 1,000 calories in only 45 minutes, a fat burning rate that is quite frankly… insane. Rather than using short bursts of activity with long rests in between, this loony workout takes the opposite approach and forces class goers to endure long periods of high-intensity work, punctuated only briefly by pesky rest periods. This is strictly not for the faint of heart.

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s it just me, or does working in an office feel more like trying to break into Fort Knox every day? It starts before you even set foot in the building, with a four-digit code for the office door. Then you need a password to log onto your computer, a code to use your phone, a pin to access your voicemail and a password to use the printer. I’ve even worked somewhere with a four-digit code to get into the toilet! Now that was a number I never forgot... And on the subject of forgetting – what a nightmare! You don’t just get locked out of your computer for entering the incorrect password anymore. A friend of mine used the wrong pin for her call centre phone and had a Guantanamo Bay style interrogation as a result. Forgetfulness didn’t seem plausible to her boss - they thought she was posing as a colleague, trying to sabotage their conversion rate! Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like you need a memory on par with Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man to have a chance of getting through the day. I mean it’s not just work you have to think about. There are bank cards, house alarms, email and social network passwords. You also need to create a security code every time you make an online purchase somewhere new. And to make it even worse, they set these crazy specifications so that passwords need to contain a certain number of letters (upper and lower case), numbers and symbols! It ends up so obscure that you’re never going to remember it. I mean, Xg89_P!J just rolls off the tongue... It’s probably why so many people use the same password for everything they can (a big ‘no no’ according to experts). Another favourite among family and friends is to store pin codes on their phones, under names like ‘Chris Clark’ for credit card. Thinking about it, maybe your phone isn’t the best place to store passwords. What if you forget the pin you need to access it?! Our obsession with information security has got me thinking. Is our business data and personal information safer, or are all these passwords just a pacifier to make us feel better? Maybe this fascination with pin codes doesn’t mean we’re more secure, it’s just a symptom of our insecurities...

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