#EqualPayDay

Equal Pay Day

November the 10th marks #EqualPayDay. This day signifies when women stop earning relative to men due to the pay gap, which currently stands at 14.1% (ONS Annual Survey of Hours and Earning, 2017), and sadly, progress on closing the gap has stalled within the past three years. This pay gap changes according to age, and race, and is wider for older women (with a pay gap of 18.6%), women from Bangladeshi and Pakistani backgrounds (26.2%), and black African women (19.6%). It also differs according to the industry sector, for example, women working within finance and insurance earn a shocking 32.8% less than their male counterparts! In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss what you can do, as an employee and as an employer, to help speed up the rate in which we close this gap.

 

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Why every office needs a coffee machine

Coffee machine

In the UK, we drink approximately 55 million cups of coffee every day, so it should come as no surprise, that we do most of our coffee drinking at work. Indeed, many of us are unable to start our working day properly until we’ve had our caffeine hit. Today, we’re turning our attention to how this coffee is supplied in the workplace. You may caffeinate your employees with instant or cafetiere coffee, but we believe that no workplace is complete without a coffee machine – and we’ll tell you why.

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National Mentoring Day : Workplace mentoring programmes

Mentoring

The 27th of October 2017 marks National Mentoring Day, here in the UK. This is a day in which to develop, encourage, and celebrate mentoring programmes and partnerships, discussing business and personal benefits, and showcasing examples of brilliant mentoring. We’re a big fan of workplace mentoring, here at The Watercooler Today – but it’s not just us! 71% of Fortune 500 companies offer formal mentoring programmes to employees, including, but not limited to, General Electric, Intel, Google, and Time Warner Cable.

So how does workplace mentoring look in practice? And what do its critics say? Read on to find out.

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Handling the top 5 office arguments

Office arguments

As the weather cools, we spend an increasing amount of our days behind our desks, wrapped up in the warmth. This can result in a tinder box of office workers cooped up inside, snipping and sniping at one another over every perceived slight and disagreement. Today, we’re going to be sharing what the five most common causes of workplace arguments are, as well as how to diffuse these fraught exchanges!

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The eternal battle: Office temperatures

hot/cold

As winter draws ever closer, the annual argument breaks out yet again – what is the perfect office temperature? Some office members will sit huddled under blankets and heaters, shivering, whilst other office members complain that the heating is driving them to distraction. There’s an obvious divide to the preferred office temperature, and it is a gender divide.

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The Gender Pay Gap legislation : How will this affect the facilities management industry?

Unequal pay

As of April 2017, all companies with over 250 employees must publish their gender pay gap within the next year. This will affect 9000 companies, employing 15million people. But what do we mean by a gender pay gap? And how will this procedure work, in practice? Never fear, in today’s blog, we’re sharing all you need to know about the gender pay gap legislation.

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Attracting and retaining Millennial Facilities Managers

Millennials at work

Here at The Watercooler Today, we are keen on keeping up with the latest trends and changes in the Facility Management World. That’s why today, we’re considering the newest emerging force of Facility Manager, the Millennial. By 2025, Millennials will account for 75% of facilities managers. This seismic change will bring about transformative shifts in working styles, preferences, and principles throughout the industry, that is why it is so important to take the time now to understand this newest cohort.

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The Open Plan Office – Yay or Nay?

Open plan office

On average, we spend 33% of our working day in the office. With so much time spent at our desk, the position, structure, and layout of the office we find ourselves can have a massive impact on our mood, productivity, and wellbeing. Today, we’re discussing the effect of the popular, open plan office.

Not sure what an open plan office is? With nearly 70% of offices adopting an open plan layout, chances are you’re reading this in one right now. An open plan office is the term used in architectural and interior design for a floor plan which utilises large, open spaces, and minimises the usage of private offices.

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