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Weekly News Round-Up

Posted On: 23/12/2016

This week we’ve had plenty to discuss in the P3PM office. While the UK workforce take a break for the Christmas holidays, the world of HR never stops. Here are the stories that have been causing debate, discussion, laughter and intrigue among our team this week.

The ultimate productive playlist

HR Grapevine

We were incredibly intrigued to read about totaljobs joining forces with music streaming service Deezer to find out exactly which songs are the best to listen to for a productive day at work. Interestingly, 80 per cent of 4,500 workers said that listening to music at work helps to boost their productivity, but only 62 per cent of respondents were actually able to enjoy music while working. According to the report, jobs where you can listen to music include computer programming, PR, design and data analytics, whereas it’s probably best to avoid putting on your favourite tunes if you work in accountancy, sales, manufacturing or healthcare.

The research also broke down which genres of music were deemed to be the most productive, with pop or chart music sweeping the board with 35 per cent of workers, followed by rock with 26 per cent, rap at 18 per cent, electronic with 12 per cent and not forgetting classical at seven per cent. So, what’s the ultimate playlist for workplace productivity? According to totaljobs and Deezer, you should be listening to:

We’re interested to know your thoughts about music at work, and any workplace policies regarding music. Do you think it boosts or hinders productivity? Let us know by tweeting us @P3PeopleMgmt or by leaving us a comment on Facebook.

UK job market set to grow in 2017

Global Recruiter

Let’s face it, 2016 has been a year of uncertainty, surprise and, at times, disarray. We were so pleased to see the results of the latest CBI/Pertemps Network Group Employment Trends Survey, which reported that the UK labour market will continue to grow and thrive in 2017. The annual survey highlights the positive attitude of UK businesses towards employment, with 41 per cent of companies actively seeking to grow their workforce over the next year. It is certainly good news to be entering the New Year with a strong and healthy market for UK job seekers.

A case of novelty gifts vs. cakes

theHRDirector

Last week saw the final of the popular BBC reality TV series, The Apprentice. Over 12 weeks 18 candidates battled it out to become Lord Sugar’s business partner and receive the coveted £250,000 investment in their proposed business. The series culminated with Alana Spencer, baker extraordinaire, taking home the top prize over novelty gift company owner Courtney Wood. Whether you love or hate The Apprentice, the candidates’ ups and downs throughout the series raised several interesting HR questions, as discussed in the theHRDirector and including:

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