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New research by communications technology business TeleWare reveals employees are actively turning down jobs that don’t offer flexible working. Almost one third (31%) of UK workers say they would turn down a job opportunity that didn’t allow flexible working – 25% have already done so. Amongst Millennials, the respective figures are 35% and 40%. Almost nine in 10 employees (87%) say it is important to be able to choose where and when they work. Yet, only 29% of UK employees work for companies that operate flexible working schemes for all.

One third (33%) of bosses in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have suffered from anxiety, depression or another kind of mental health problem in the last five years, reveals the latest Aldermore Future Attitudes study. Of these, 78% say it has affected their ability to work effectively.

More than one third (37%) of small businesses that fall victim to ransomware experience another two or three infections within 12 months, warns Kaspersky Lab.

Just 42% of UK workers now use a desktop computer in the office, with 38% using a laptop and 22% a tablet. Three quarters (77%) of British adults surveyed by technology e-tailer believe desktop PCs make an office look dated. Industries with the lowest use of desktop computers include retail (20%), hospitality and leisure (16%), marketing and creative (12%), construction (9%) and professional services (5%).

While the vast majority of employers (83%) retain complete control over employee remuneration, 43% of UK workers want the ability to determine the composition of their rewards package themselves, finds a survey by Payroll & HR services provider SD Worx. If given the option, 28% of workers in the UK – more than in any other European country – would prefer to have fewer benefits and more cash instead. The desire for flexibility is so high that 69% of British employees say they would be more likely to apply for a new job if the prospective employer offered the opportunity for them to put together a personalised remuneration based on a certain budget.

Female business leaders appear to be better at handling stress than their male counterparts, suggests new research from Paymentsense. While 45% of male leaders surveyed said their ability to think clearly was affected by stress at least five times a day, the figure amongst female respondents was just 17%.

Over half (55%) of new graduates plan to stay in their first job for less than two years. However, if their needs are met in areas such as flexible working, training and mentoring, 70% of new graduates could see themselves staying in a role for as long as five years; 27% say they would stay even longer (source: graduate jobs board Milkround).

In the two months following the introduction of GDPR, 68% of businesses failed to wipe data from IT equipment they disposed of, claims IT solutions provider Its research shows that 70% of businesses do not have an official process for getting rid of obsolete IT equipment. Two thirds (66%) of respondents don’t know who in their company could help them dispose of old equipment in the correct manner.

Nine out of 10 UK workers (89%) confess to ‘tech multi-tasking’ or checking their devices during meetings, according to a survey of 1,002 UK workers by IT solutions provider; 81% do the same when carrying out other work tasks. Checking email is the number one distraction, with social media and instant messaging coming in second and third place. While 45% of those who do this kind of gadget-based multi-tasking find it helps them to be more efficient, 53% admit that their concentration suffers as a result.

Nine out of ten UK workers (92%) have gone into work when feeling ill, finds research by income protection provider Holloway Friendly. Of these, 51% did so because they feared they would otherwise not be paid. Four fifths (82%) of those who go into work ill admit to being unproductive when they do. Only one fifth (22%) know what their employer’s sick policy is.

Micro traders handle an average of £731 a week in cash, which remains one of the most commonly used methods of payment (accepted by 59%), according to research from Post Office. One third (31%) of traders don’t expect ever to disallow cash payments and 59% don’t expect to do so in the near future. Reluctance to move to a cashless business model is largely driven by customer behaviour. More than half (54%) of those who don’t plan to go cashless within the next 18 months say it is because their customers want to pay in cash.

3.5 billion
Each year, £3.5 billion of employee expenses are not paid back, claims expenses management software company Expend. The most common reasons are loss of receipt (46%); missed deadline (33%); non-compliance with expenses policy (30%); entering the wrong details (15%); and a mistake by the finance department or accountant (11%).

4.5 billion
Data breaches compromised 4.5 billion records globally in first half of 2018, according to figures from the Gemalto Breach Level Index. In the UK, there were 22 breaches in H1 2018, down 51.1% on H1 2017. The government accounted for 27% of UK breaches, followed by Education (18%) and Healthcare (18%). Nearly half of the UK’s data was compromised through accidental loss (45%).

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