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Business Owners Ignoring The Importance Of Office Environment In Helping Employee Wellness

Business Owners Ignoring The Importance Of Office Environment In Helping Employee Wellness

UK business owners are ignoring the importance of their office environment in promoting and protecting employee wellness and mental health, according to a report by Peldon Rose. The survey of UK small firm owners and employees has revealed that 91% of workers believe that suitable office space directly improves their productivity, yet just 43% say their current working space achieves this. Worrying, 20% of all staff surveyed admit their current setup is actually hindering their chances of getting more done during a working day – suggesting businesses’ growth is also suffering. With regards mental health, although 76% of workers say they suffer from stress – just 32% believing their business is adequately ensuring a calm atmosphere in the office. An important consideration for business owne... »

Small Businesses Not Safeguarding Intellectual Property Rights

Small businesses must ensure they are protecting their innovations — that’s the message from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which found that just 15 per cent have sought advice to safeguard their ideas. The IPO survey (PDF) of 20,000 UK businesses of all sizes also found that just 11 per cent of small firms assign responsibility for managing their IP rights. Commenting on the research, IP minister Baroness Wilcox said small firms risked missing out on valuable income from their creativity. “Innovation is the backbone of our economy and it’s encouraging that many businesses know the importance of protecting and exploiting their ideas. However, it’s clear that many smaller companies aren’t aware of how to make the most of their IP.” “As part of the Government’s com... »