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Beating Blue Monday

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Monday-1.jpgAs if January isn’t bad enough, today has been marked one of bleakest days of the year – the dreaded Blue Monday! With daylight hours still short, consistently bad weather along with the hangover of Christmas – financially and emotionally, still looming over all of us, it’s easy to see why the third Monday of the year is linked with lots of people feeling low. So, what can be done to battle the Blue Monday fears?

  1. Get Organised

Try and reduce stress by thinking about which situations occur regularly and cause you the most stress.  

  • Declutter the office and your desk space.
  • Make lists so you have everything in order and you can get the most important tasks completed firstly.
  • Client meetings? Plan the journey and allow extra time if it is not a journey you do every day. Look up alternative routes to have other options and make sure you have the clients contact details with you, just in case.
  1. Go out for Lunch

Beat Blue Monday by organising a work lunch with your fellow co-workers. This is a great way to catch up outside of the office. A change of scene is always good so picking a new cafe/restaurant or somewhere you don't regularly go would be a nice treat for during the week.

  1. Exercise and Fuel your Body

Regular exercise is important for our physical and mental health. It helps boost your energy levels and immune system. Fit in a walk on your break. If it is too cold to exercise outside, attend a gym class or go swimming. With flexible working, you could go to the gym before work or during your break.

Food choices can have a huge impact on how you feel during the day. Eating healthy should be something we all do on a regular basis and just a once off to help beat blue Monday or the January blues.

  • Bring your own lunch and snacks to work. This will eliminate the temptation to buy sugary and fast foods.
  • Try and prepare lunches/dinners in advance and freeze them so it saves time and eliminates doing it after a long day at work.
  • Reduce your intake of foods that can adversely affect your mood, such as caffeine, alcohol and trans fats.
  • Eat more Omega-3 fatty acids to give your mood a boost. The best sources are fatty fish (salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines), flaxseed and walnuts.
  1. Be Positive!

If you are really feeling Blue Monday, try and stay positive and make plans after work.

  • Use flexible working and get the most out of your evening
  • Go to the cinema
  • Meet friends or family for dinner
  • Cook a new recipe
  • Book a weekend getaway or summer holidays
  • Go for a walk
  • Grab a coffee & get lost in a new book
  • Catch up with an old friend
  1. Contact Softworks!

Not only can we benefit your company but we can benefit your employees too. Take Flexible Working, it can lead to a healthy work-life balance along with improved job satisfaction, increased energy, better staff morale and reduced levels of stress. Having the right work-life balance is increasingly important with more and more people finding that their working day is getting longer as businesses struggle to keep up with the demand for 24 hour services. 

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Take on the January Blues and Blue Monday by making sure to be organised, positive and healthy. Make 2017 a year to celebrate your many triumphs!

Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Flexible Working

Updated Blog - France Win New Law 'Right to Disconnect'

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Mon, Jan 9, 2017

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This is an update on my blog from February 2016 - France Set to Pass New Law Giving Workers the Right to Ignore Work Emails Outside of Contracted Hours.

France have won the law that employees do have the 'right to disconnect' from work emails outside of typical work hours. From Sunday January 01, 2017, French companies with more than 50 employees will begin drawing up policies with their workers about limiting work-related technology usage outside the office. The reasoning behind this law is that too many people were suffering from work-related stress which can leak into their personal time. The country is trying to tackle the modern-day scourge of compulsive out-of-hours email checking. Under the new law, companies will be obliged to negotiate with employees to agree on their rights to switch off and ways they can reduce the intrusion of work into their private lives.

The measure was introduced by Labour Minister, Myriam El Khomri, who commissioned a report submitted in September 2015 which informed about the health impact of "info-obesity" which affects many workplaces.

Some large groups such as Volkswagen and insurer Axa in France have already taken steps to limit out-of-hours messaging to reduce burnout among workers. Actions being put in place include cutting email connections in the evening and weekends. In 2014, the German vehicle-maker Daimler set up an optional service for workers going on holiday; instead of sending an out-of-office reply, they could opt to have all new emails automatically deleted while they were away.

Here in Ireland and the UK, we may not have such a law in place but we can make use of flexible working. It can allow people to adapt their ways of working to best suit their needs, while still committing to their careers.

If you would like to learn more about flexible working or any of our other solutions, contact us today!

Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Work-Life Balance, Flexible Working

Five Ways to Beat the January Blues

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Tue, Jan 3, 2017

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Happy New Year! December was a fun-filled month of celebrations with family, friends and work colleagues, lots of delicious food and plenty of relaxation. Today however, is the first day back to the office for the majority of people. This may more than likely be followed by the dreaded “January Blues.” We have listed a few ways to help keep you upbeat, get back to being motivated in the workplace and beat the January Blues.

1. Hold Motivational Meetings

At the end of every week or month, hold a quick meeting with employees to share their accomplishes. Use this time to compliment employees who have gone beyond the call of duty or who have achieved something exceptional. Employees will come to expect the meetings. They will also welcome the chance to share their successes and challenges with you and their co-workers and experience a supportive vibe.

2. Be Flexible

Flexible working is one of the most useful tools in helping workers achieve a healthy work-life balance. It can allow employees the ability to adapt their ways of working to best suit their needs, while still being fully committed to their careers. Mercer carried out a survey on over 1,500 employees across UK and Ireland, which showed that 52% of workers are very concerned about maintaining a healthy lifestyle while holding down a job. Flexible working arrangements can help reduce stress as employees working flexibly are more satisfied with their job and lives, and they experience better work-life balance.

3. Promote a Healthy Workplace

Food choices can have a huge impact on how you feel during the day. Eating small, frequent and healthy meals can help your body maintain an even level of blood sugar, keeping your energy and focus up, and avoiding mood swings. Low blood sugar, on the other hand, can make you feel anxious and irritable, while eating too much can make you lethargic.

  • Bring your own lunch and snacks to work. This will eliminate the temptation to buy sugary and fast foods.
  • Try and prepare lunches/dinners in advance and freeze them so it saves time and eliminates doing it after a long day at work.
  • Reduce your intake of foods that can adversely affect your mood, such as caffeine, alcohol and trans fats.
  • Eat more Omega-3 fatty acids to give your mood a boost. The best sources are fatty fish (salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines), flaxseed and walnuts.
4. Have Fun

Everyone will stay motivated if things are kept interesting and entertaining in the workplace. There are several ways to have fun in the workplace.

  • Hold a breakfast morning once a month.
  • Set up a walking, running or exercise group during lunch or after work.
  • Create a social club (if one is not already in place). Ask all employees what they would like to do for January & set up a poll. This could range from a day trip to dinner and drinks after work.
5. Contact Softworks!

Start the New Year by contacting Softworks. Not only can we benefit your company but we can benefit your employees too. Take Flexible Working, it can lead to a healthy work-life balance along with improved job satisfaction, increased energy, better staff morale and reduced levels of stress. Having the right work-life balance is increasingly important with more and more people finding that their working day is getting longer as businesses struggle to keep up with the demand for 24 hour services. So to help make 2017 the best year yet, get in touch today!

Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Flexible Working, Softworks

Most Outrageous Excuses for Being Late to Work

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Thu, Nov 24, 2016

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Lizard surgery, Homeland Security and Vaseline trucks. What do they all have in common?

According to a study from CareerBuilder, they are among a list of outrageous reasons workers claim they have been late for work.

Below are some of the bizarre reasons for being late to work:

  • I thought of quitting today, but then decided not to, so I came in late.
  • My hair caught on fire from my blow dryer.
  • I was detained by Homeland Security.
  • I had to chase my cows back into the field.
  • A black bear entered my carport and decided to take a nap on the hood of my car.
  • My lizard had to have emergency surgery in the morning and died during surgery. I had to mourn while deciding whether to have the lizard disposed of by the vet or bring the lizard corpse with me to work.
  • There was fresh powder on the hill. I had to go skiing.
  • There was a store grand opening and I wanted to get the opening day sales.
  • I had to finish watching “My Name is Earl.”
  • All of my clothes were stolen.
  • I was confused by the time change and unsure if it was “spring forward” or “fall back.”
  • A Vaseline truck overturned on the highway and cars were slipping left and right.

CareerBuilder also asked how often employees are late to work, 25 percent (1 in 24) admitted they are late at least once a month, and with 13 percent saying it is a weekly occurrence.

With Christmas only a month away, it is getting colder and much harder to get out of bed in the morning. For some people, this can make getting to work on time a difficult task. You would be surprised of what could get in the way of your morning routine. Many of these excuses are extreme and may have more to do with one's creative imagination than anything else. However, you can bet employers are going to hearing more late-to-work excuses especially coming up to Christmas.

In order to prevent tardiness in your organisation, why not take advantage of Softworks Flexible Working and deploy a Time and Attendance system.

Flexible working is a very positive choice that needs to be embraced by more organisations. It doesn’t only provide employees with job satisfaction, better health, increased work-life balance, and less stress, it also benefits employers. With higher productivity levels, less turn over, and reduced absenteeism, employers will be able to retain qualified employees and also save money. With flexible working, excuses for being late to work will be less necessary as employees will have the flexibility to work around appointments, family events and of course, all of the excuses listed above!

Softworks Time Management Software will allow your organisation to build a clear picture of employee time-keeping through comprehensive reports on attendance, absenteeism, overtime, flexi-time, rostering and holiday leave. Softworks Time and Attendance is one of the most powerful tools available for recording and analysing hours worked. Used to manage employee attendance and produce real-time reports for analysis by management as well as to collate personnel information. It allows you to build a clear picture of employee time through detailed data and reports on attendance, absenteeism, overtime, flexi-balances, rostering and holiday leave. Scalable and completely configurable, it applies and automates processing your organisation’s unique pay rules and policies accurately and consistently and is fully compliant with legislation.

The survey also found more traditional excuses for being late to work are still very common:

  • 53 percent blamed traffic and road conditions.
  • 33 percent said oversleeping.
  • 28 percent on bad weather.
  • 15 percent on getting children to school.

By implementing Softworks Flexible Working and Time & Attendance Software, employees and employers will be able to overcome the traditional excuses of being late to work (along with a few of the outrageous ones too!).

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You can also turn your administrative nightmare of managing employee time & attendance into a dream come true with Softworks new self-service app. Softworks app enables employees to record their own time, attendance, holidays, absences and check work schedules via their smart phones/tablets. Softworks app is a joy to use and loved by employees and managers alike, but you don’t have to just take our word for it, find out more via this link.  

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Topics: Time & Attendance, Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Flexible Working

National Stress Awareness Day

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Wed, Nov 2, 2016

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Today is National Stress Awareness Day. It was put in place by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA), which was established over 30 years ago to raise awareness of stress-related issues, both in the workplace and at home. Its purpose is to combat the stigma which is often associated with personal stress and change attitudes towards the management of stress in the workplace. The theme for this year is 'Workforce Wellness - Your Prime Investment.'

A lot of the things you do at home to reduce stress will also help reduce stress in the workplace. The key is to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Below are some things you can put in place to help reduce stress.

1. Identify the Causes

The first thing to do when you want to deal with stress is to identify what is causing it and how it can be managed. Make a list and narrow it down to the main triggers which cause the stress in your life to occur. Causes of stress in the workplace can include the following:National-Stress-Awareness-Day.jpg

  • Being unhappy in your job
  • Having a heavy workload
  • Working long hours – This is where flexible working comes to the rescue!
  • Working under dangerous conditions
  • Having to give speeches in front of colleagues

Causes of stress at home can include the following:

  • The death of a loved one
  • Loss of a job
  • Financial issues
  • Moving to a new home
  • Chronic illness or injury
  • Emotional problems

Once you recognise the main triggers of your stress, you can start identifying how you can make the situation better. Even something as simple as taking up yoga or meditation can make a huge difference to your mind-set. Remember that sometimes the stress can come from the inside. We can stress ourselves out by overthinking/worrying about things.

2. Be Flexible

Flexible working is one of the most useful tools in helping workers achieve a healthy work-life balance. It can allow employees the ability to adapt their ways of working to best suit their needs, while still being fully committed to their careers. Mercer carried out a survey on over 1,500 employees across UK and Ireland, which showed that 52% of workers are very concerned about maintaining a healthy lifestyle while holding down a job. Flexible working arrangements can help reduce stress as employees working flexibly are more satisfied with their job and lives, and they experience better work-life balance.

3. Get Active

Regular exercise can be a powerful stress reliever. It is recommended to do at least 30 minutes of exercise daily.

  • Join a gym, take up yoga, play a sport.
  • Check if your company offers a gym membership discount.
  • Get out of the office during your break, even a small walk can make a huge difference.
  • Use flexible working to get a work out/stroll in before, during or after work.

4. Eat Well

Food choices can have a huge impact on how you feel during the day. Eating small, frequent and healthy meals can help your body maintain an even level of blood sugar, keeping your energy and focus up, and avoiding mood swings. Low blood sugar, on the other hand, can make you feel anxious and irritable, while eating too much can make you lethargic.

  • Bring your own lunch and snacks to work. This will eliminate the temptation to buy sugary and fast foods.
  • Try and prepare lunches/dinners in advance and freeze them so it saves time and eliminates doing it after a long day at work.
  • Reduce your intake of foods that can adversely affect your mood, such as caffeine, alcohol and trans fats.
  • Eat more Omega-3 fatty acids to give your mood a boost. The best sources are fatty fish (salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines), flaxseed and walnuts.

5. Unwind

Try and take some time out every day to relax and do things you enjoy. Even if it is only 20 minutes, it will make a huge difference. Some examples are below:

  • Go for a walk or jog on your break or after work
  • Listen to music
  • Read a book
  • Watch your favourite TV show
  • Meet a friend to catch up

6. Contact Softworks

Not only can we benefit your company but we can benefit your employees too. Take Flexible Working, it can lead to a healthy work-life balance along with improved job satisfaction, increased energy, better staff morale and reduced levels of stress. Having the right work-life balance is increasingly important with more and more people finding that their working day is getting longer as businesses struggle to keep up with the demand for 24 hour services. 

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The best way to celebrate Stress Awareness Day is to take the opportunity to remove the stress from your life for the day. Take the time to examine your life and find out where all the stressors lie, and start looking into taking steps to remove them or find ways to at least minimise them. Starting to reduce the stress in your life is the hardest part but once you’ve identified the triggers, you’re half way there. Often, the best way to cope with stress is to find a way to change the circumstances that are causing it.

Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Flexible Working, Healthy Workplace

It’s National Flex Day and Family & Work Life Month!

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Tue, Oct 18, 2016

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When you think of October, you probably think of falling leaves and Halloween. But did you know that today is National Flex Day? Held the third Tuesday of October, National Flex Day is designed to encourage employers and employees to unite behind the need for more flexibility by sharing how pervasive and powerful it already is.

Today is a great opportunity to reflect on all the ways that flexible working is important and how it can benefit your employees and organisation.

For the first National Flex Day in 2013, The Working Mother Research Institute surveyed more than 1,500 people about flexible work schedules and found that women who are working flexibly were more likely to say:

  • Their opinions count at work
  • They have influence over their work schedules
  • They have better work life balance
  • They are satisfied with their compensation
  • They are happy with the amount of time they spend with their spouses and their kids

Last year, they surveyed men to find out what work schedule flex means to them, and the results showed that most of them have flex (77%) and feel comfortable using it.

Below are some of the many benefits of flexible working:

  • Reduced employee stress
  • Improved employee morale, job satisfaction and productivity
  • Controlled costs
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Increased customer loyalty and customer satisfaction due to lower staff turnover
  • Higher productivity & happier employees
  • Improved balance of work and family life
  • Remove or reduce overtime
  • Improved staff concentration

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Are you aware that October is also National Work and Family Month (NWFM)? It is an education campaign led by the Alliance for work-life progress, to raise awareness among employers about the value of work-life effectiveness as a business imperative.

This campaign is supported by President Obama, who released a statement acknowledging the difficulty of juggling work and family responsibilities. He encourages employers to implement practices such as "telework, paid leave, and alternative work schedules."

This annual celebration is designed to communicate and celebrate the progress towards creating healthier and more flexible work environments. The main goal of the campaign is to remind employers about the benefits of supporting work-life balance and effectiveness programs.

Below are some tips on how to encourage a healthy work-life balance:

  • Make use of flexible working
  • Schedule downtime
  • Get moving - execrise will boost your energy & can it can be fit in easily with flexible working
  • Manage stress - Take up yoga/pilates, eat healthier & relax!
  • Prioritise to avoid burnout
  • Create a schedule & follow it

By taking these tips in to account, we hope you will be able to find a healthy work-life balance in your workplace.

October gives us lots to celebrate with National Flex Day and National Work & Family Month. It is a time to recognise all the organisations who want to make life easier for employees to succeed at work and at home by helping them gain a healthy work-life balance.

If you do not currently offer your employees flexitime, contact us today for a free demo, you’d be amazed at the differences it could make to your employees work, mood and lives!

Feel free to check out the rest of our blogs which cover flexible working and work-life balance.

You can keep up to date with Softworks by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Work-Life Balance, Flexible Working

National Work Life Week

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Wed, Oct 5, 2016

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Did you know it is National Work Life Week? The week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on the importance of work-life balance and general well-being at work. Employees with a healthy work-life balance are more likely to flourish in the workplace, so it’s in employer’s best interests to help them achieve this.

The term ‘work–life balance' refers to a healthy balance between work and other aspects of our lives. Proactive work-life balance measures benefit not only the employees, but also employers. It can help create greater satisfaction with quality of life, lower levels of stress and physical improvements, such as increased energy. A poor balance between an employee’s work commitments and their other responsibilities can lead to stress, high absence and low productivity.

These days finding a suitable balance between work and home can seem almost impossible to achieve which is why we have outlined a few tips to help you put it in place.

  1. Be Flexible

Flexible working is one of the most useful tools in helping workers achieve a healthy work-life balance. More than ever, employees are increasingly concerned about work-life balance and organisations which offer flexi time can often find increased levels of satisfaction among employees. Flexible working can allow employees the ability to adapt their ways of working to best suit their needs, while still being fully committed to their careers.

Download our free guide – How to Strategically Use Flexible Working Arrangements to Benefit your Business.

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  1. Set Priorities

There are only so many hours in a day. So ensuring you have enough time after work for personal situations and relaxation, involves organisation and prioritisation of tasks. You can’t go wrong with an old fashioned to-do list. When you have a lot of tasks to do there is no better feeling than crossing some of them off the list! To feel more balanced in life, simply create lists and set your priorities. Put the most important things on the top, such as deadlines in work or important tasks and family time. This will help keep your work and home life balanced.

  1. Schedule Downtime

Taking time for yourself is important to recharge batteries at times. Something as small as going for a walk during your break, reading a book or going to the gym. With flexible working, you could have the opportunity to work out/get a walk in before or during work. This would also free up some time after work to relax or do something for yourself. Getting out of the office during your lunch break can also do wonders by helping you unwind – it could involve going for a walk, watching a movie on your phone or simply reading a book.

  1. Plan Ahead

Being organised is a great way to help improve your work-life balance. A good way to start is by adding reminders to your calendar so you’re aware of upcoming meetings and appointments. This way it will be easier to make plans and time for yourself around these important deadlines. It can also be less stressful if you plan ahead and don't leave tasks until the last minute.

  1. Remember to Unwind

With so much technology and so many ways to stay plugged in to work after hours, it is important to allow our minds a break when we are doing other activities. Pretty much every piece of technology has an off button, so it is time to use it. This can be easier said than done so it is best to do it in phases:

  • Don’t bring your phone to the dinner table
  • When you are on holidays, be on holidays
  • Don’t bring your phone/tablet to the beach
  • Disable email/notifications on your phone
  • Distract yourself from looking up work emails after hours

Try out these tips so that you can experience less stress and more peace and fulfilment in your life. This is the perfect week to give it a go. You will be pleasantly surprised at how well you will feel!

You can keep up to date with Softworks by following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Topics: Work-Life Balance, Flexible Working

Managing Employee Time & Attendance? There's an App for that...

Posted by Mairead Walsh on Tue, Oct 4, 2016

If you find managing employee time, attendance and absences an administrative nightmare you are gonna love Softworks new app :)  Our Time & Attendance app allows employees to record their own time, attendance, absences and check work schedules via their smart phones/tablets from wherever they are. The app even includes their GPS location!  

With employees entering their own requests and managers signing off via email alerts it couldn't be easier to manage employee time and attendance. Wave goodbye to re keying data and a mountain of emails and phone calls!

With Softworks Time & Attendance Mobile App Employees can:

  • Clock In or Out (with GPS location) - Perfect for today's mobile workforce.
  • View clocking history.
  • Check flexi balance (if applicable). 
  • Book a holiday/vacation.
  • View current balances.
  • Check work schedules/rosters.
  • Update employee details.
  • Request absences including; training, sick leave, maternity, paternity, study and much more...
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If you would like a quick demo of our new app, we would be delighted to show you around and get your feedback - Just fill in your details via this link and we will be in touch.

 

Topics: Time & Attendance, Flexible Working, Automated Absence Management, Mobile App

Don't Let the Bus Strike Put You Out!

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Thu, Sep 29, 2016

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The nightmare of a transport strike is upon us again, coming into action when everything is getting back to normal after the summer holidays. Staff at Dublin Bus have staged strikes as part of a campaign for higher pay. Around 400,000 people use Dublin Bus each day and Dublin retailers claim sales have plummeted by as much as 60% due to the strike action.

Everyone will be leaving earlier in the mornings to make it into the office for 9am and without the use of bus lanes, extra volumes of traffic are expected to build up, causing even more delays with extremely heavy traffic on all routes in and out of Dublin City.

I am extremely lucky as my commute from Dublin to our HQ in Bray, Wicklow is made without any stress during the strikes as here at Softworks, we have flexible working.

One of the main implications that can arise from a bus strike is the fact that employees who rely on Dublin Bus for their commute, could be late for work due to the fact that they will not have access to public transport. In addition, those who commute by car, will be disrupted by an increase of traffic volumes.

Below are a few ways to help you get to work on time during the strike:

1. Working from Home

If you will find it difficult to get to work on time during the days of the strike and it is an option in your workplace, work from home. This will not only save you extra travel time but also costs if you are relying on expensive means such as taxis to get to and from work. It will also reduce the level of stress caused by rushing to make it into the office on time.

2. Cycling and Carpooling

If flexible working is not an option, employees should be encouraged to cycle to work these days. It would be worthwhile to inquire about a Bike to Work scheme. You could also make use of Dublin Bikes. You can get a three-day ticket for €5, and it is only €20 for an annual subscription and the first half hour of every journey is free. Carpooling is another option as the less cars on the road the better. Not only will carpooling save you money, it will help reduce your carbon footprint along with stress. It will also reduce traffic congestion which I am sure everyone will be thankful for.

3. Flexible Working

If your company already offers flexible working then you are one of the lucky ones as your commute to and from work during this strike will be a lot less stressful. Instead of leaving earlier than usual and being stuck in traffic, you could head in to the office for 8am and leave at 4:30pm, before rush hour comes into effect. You could also go in to work for 10am and finish up at 6:30pm, also beating all of the traffic. 

There are many benefits to Flexible Working:

  • Improved job satisfaction, morale, and productivity
  • Increased customer loyalty and customer satisfaction due to lower staff turnover
  • Higher productivity
  • Happier employees
  • Reduced level of absenteeism
  • Remove or reduce overtime
  • Lower staff turnover
  • Automate holiday requests
  • Improved balance of work and family life

So, if you are lucky enough to have flexible working, make the most of it, especially with the bus strikes in place. Remember, there are a lot of people who would love to get into work early and leave before the rush hour traffic builds up but unfortunately, they don’t have the choice.

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You can also download our free white paper: How to Strategically Use Flexible Working Arrangements to Benefit your Business.

Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Flexible Working

Did you know September is Self-Improvement Month?

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Tue, Sep 6, 2016

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September is all about getting back into the swing of things - it’s back to school, back to a routine and back to cooler weather. With September being Self-Improvement Month, it’s a great time to find new ways to improve yourself. Continuously improving yourself can provide immense benefits, including improving your self-worth and growing your self-confidence. One forgotten area is the workplace - seeing as we all spend so much time at work, it seems like the ideal place to start improving. Improving yourself at work can prove to be very constructive. Begin your journey to self-improvement in the workplace with these simple steps:

1. Get Organised

One of the hardest parts of self-improvement is that we often set huge, unattainable goals for ourselves and feel bad when we don’t feel like we’ve made any progress. This month, set a simple numerical goal for yourself in an area that you want to get better at. Below are a few suggestions:

  • X number of workouts for the month
  • Make a to do list in work & start with the priorities
  • Start the project in work which you have been putting on hold

2. Plan out your Goals

Without a plan a goal is just a dream. Turn your ideas, dreams and desires into reality with a well thought out plan. If you want to get fit, eat healthier and go for walks or to the gym. If you want to learn how to do something new, take classes/lessons. If you want to get something done in work, start by making a list of what needs to be done and follow it through. Once you start, the rest will fall into place more easily.

3. Be Healthy in the Workplace

Stress in the workplace today is a major concern for employees and employers. Less stressed employees will become more productive and less likely to require time off due to illness. To help combat stress, you can put the following tips to the test:

  • Go to the gym in the morning, on your lunch break or after work. With flexible working, it is much easier to get things done before, during and after work. 
  • Check if your company provides discounts for gym memberships.
  • Bring your own lunch to work, along with fruit/healthy snacks to stop you from eating unhealthy food throughout the day.

You can find out more health tips from our blog: A Healthy Workplace is a Happy Workplace.

4. Schedule 20 Minutes of Daily "Me Time" to Relax and De-Stress

Do you have a hard time finding time for yourself? If so, try scheduling it. Pencil in time for yourself just like you would an appointment, then stick to your “date” for an entire month. This could be anything from fitting in a walk on your lunch break to reading a book. You might not think that 20 minutes is very long, but it will make a difference.

5. Improve your Business with Softworks

The steps for self improvement revolve around our health, getting organised, setting goals in the workplace and overall, improving ourselves for the better. But what about our businesses? It might be time to start thinking about how you can improve your business with the help from SoftworksConstant and continuous improvement is essential for both our personal and professional growth.

Not only can Softworks benefit your company, it can also benefit you and your employees. Take Flexible Working, it can lead to a healthy work-life balance along with improved job satisfaction, increased energy, better staff morale and reduced levels of stress. Having the right work-life balance is increasingly important these days with more and more people finding that their working day is getting longer as businesses struggle to keep up with the demand for 24 hour services.

Come check out our website to see how Softworks can improve your business today!

If you do one thing each day you will surely notice a snowball effect, and before you know it your Self-Improvement Month goals have become your daily life experience.

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Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Flexible Working