Lateness in meetings can affect colleague performance, claims survey

Over half of employees admit they fail to attend meetings and other work events on time at least once a week.

That’s according to a survey of 1,000 workers by Heathrow Express, cited by independent.co.uk, which also suggests that a quarter of workers (23 per cent) perform badly in meetings after arriving late. In addition, 48 per cent said this adversely affected the performance of their colleagues.

As a result, if employees turn up to meeting venues late, it could have a negative affect on the performance of themselves and their colleagues.

Overall, the study found that an average of 590,000 workers in the UK show up late every day, with many workers losing an average of 97 minutes per month. Consequently, employers are losing £305 per head every year.

Behavioural psychologist Dr Cecila d’Felice spoke to Press Association regarding the figures: “The cost of lateness to the economy is enormous, but potentially even more serious is the detrimental impact it can have on workplace performance, team morale and productivity.

“Encouragingly, no one likes being late as it makes them feel guilty, but this feeling can have a negative impact on workplace performance in the longer term. The fact that people admit their own lateness affects the performance of those around them is of concern as the example they set to other members of staff around them is critical,” she added.

Night-time marriage ban lifted

For 176 years, British people have been unable to get married between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:00am – until now, rt.com reports.

Now, however, the Home Office has lifted the ban, allowing couples to get married around the clock.

The law has been overturned after the Home Office asked the public which laws they thought should be reviewed in a cross-government survey called ‘Your Freedom’. This particular law was deemed by many as ‘unnecessary’.

It is hoped that by relaxing the rules, there will be a dramatic reduction in the amount of time it takes to actually get to the altar. Plus the move will open up many more options for those planning their nuptials with regard to location, wedding reception venue and theme – expect an increase in sunrise or sunset ceremonies.  

Contrary to rumour, people won’t be able to marry ‘Vegas-style’ on the spur of the moment as local authorities and churches will need at least 15 days’ notice. 

Pleased about the repeal, Sarah Rapson, Registrar General for England and Wales was cited by dailymail.co.uk as saying: “Marriage and civil partnerships are something very personal to every couple that chooses to undertake them and this change will allow people to make their day unique to them.”

The law that mandated time limits on wedding ceremonies dates back to 1836 and was introduced in an attempt to prevent couples from eloping.   

Events coordinator unveils 'TripAdvisor of the events sector'

Events coordinator Chris Bowling has lifted the curtain on a new service for planners, allowing them to source reputable venues for hire and examine independent reviews.

Mr Bowling told conference-news.co.uk that his fellow professionals all face the same problem, in that well-presented companies all seem equal on the face of things. He claimed that planners need a few extra details to be convinced that they’re choosing the right firm. 

“Event-library.com aims to turn this situation on its head, by allowing you to read independent reviews by other event organisers of venues, caterers, production companies and suppliers, before you sign the contract. So you can make a more informed decision,” he said.

Companies displaying good examples of practice will be lauded at Mr Bowling’s space on the web, much like they would at the Event Production Awards – which eventindustrynews.co.uk confirmed has started to accept entries for next year’s ceremony.

However, Oxford-based Mr Bowling – a planner for Global Water Intelligence – has opted for a digital platform on which to stage his panel of experts. The team behind EventLibrary has been building up its list of reviews for the past three months and its creator now feels the site is now ready to go live.   

According to Mr Bowling, event-library.com aims to reward the best suppliers in the sector and that its sole mission isn’t to flag up “bad apples”, stating: “It’s also fantastic to have a place to praise a supplier or caterer who made your event special.” 

Ex-tourism minister welcomes relaxed licensing rules for small events

MP and former Tourism minister John Penrose is “delighted” that licensing rules for small events have been relaxed, claiming that it would “breathe new life” into event venues around Britain.  

The government recently announced that venues with a capacity below 200 people will no longer require a license to host live music events, which officials say will allow businesses to grow.

Cited by eventmagazine.co.uk, Mr Penrose expressed his approval of the move, stating that all parties involved in the planning of an event will benefit from the removal of red tape. Charities in particular, he claimed, might be more inclined to stage a live event in the future.  

However, the MP said that many other types of events are bogged down by “silly bureaucracy”, believing the changes to only supply part of the answer.

“Many plays, local fêtes and other kinds of low-risk entertainment are still hampered by silly bureaucracy and red tape, so I hope this is a first step in a wider campaign to let more people have fun without having to ask for permission first,” said Mr Penrose.

According to hotel-industry.co.uk, the former Minister added that most members of the UK hospitality sector would benefit from the extra freedom if they didn’t have to account for red tape, backing significant change to free up investment. 

 

 

Staff must watch what they say at Christmas party

Employees should watch what they say at the office Christmas party, according to advice issued by Thisiskent.co.uk.

It suggested: “Don’t moan about your job! It’s easy for tongues to loosen up after a few spritzers, but if you start going on about how you’re overworked and underpaid, it won’t go down well.”

The website continued to say that staff members never know who is listening, so it’s crucial these little niggles don’t slip out. There’s a time and a place to raise these concerns – Christmas party venues aren’t it.

Part of ensuring that doesn’t happen will come from not over-indulging on the alcohol, which some are tempted to do at the annual shindig. This isn’t a good idea though, the advice continued to say – but likewise, neither is just not showing up.

“Even if you’re never going to be best friends with your colleagues, it’s nice to make an effort,” it added. “You don’t have to stay all night, but it’s good to show willing.”

What’s more, savvy employees will know that they shouldn’t pull a sickie next day (it’s too obvious) and that flirting with the boss is an altogether silly idea. Staff members shouldn’t forget that this person makes the call on any promotions or pay rises (as well as letting people go), so behaving inappropriately should be avoided at all costs.

However, it isn’t just staff member’s actions at the Christmas do that matter – their behaviour leading up to it counts, too. For example, dailymail.co.uk confirmed that around half of Britons will beginning dieting for their Christmas party now, some eight to ten weeks in advance.

Men spend hundreds on looking good for their wedding, reveals survey

Teeth whitening, waxing and liposuction are just some of the beauty fixes that grooms are splashing out on before their special day, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Research by menswear retailer Jacamo suggests that a mere shave and haircut is not enough for some grooms as men go the extra mile to look stunning as they strut into their wedding reception venue.

Around £300 is the average spent on beauty fixes and treatments, with one in ten spending £800 and almost one in 20 spending an impressive £1,000 on their grooming bill.

Other figures show that 23 per cent of men get their teeth whitened, while 16 per cent top up their tan for the big day. Another 49 per cent spend their cash on a haircut, while 37 per cent get a professional razor shave done. Some 11 per cent of men go for a wax and six per cent even go under the knife for lipo or nose jobs, according indianexpress.com.

Martin Roberts, a spokesman for Jacamo, commented on the figures: “A wedding is a special occasion and it seems that more and more grooms want to push the boat out and treat themselves to make sure they look and feel their best on the big day.

“The findings demonstrate how taking pride in your appearance is becoming just as important for men as for women. It’s no longer embarrassing or unusual for men to spend time and money on grooming, great clothes or pampering treatments,” he added.

Leaders need to ensure meetings run smoothly, advises expert

Uneventful meetings ‘demoralise, bore and above all, make sure things don’t get done’ so it is important for meeting organisers to prepare and engage with attendees to the best of their ability.

That’s the opinion of Avi Kaye, writing for business2community.com, who believes that ineffective meetings are the ‘worst thing since the invention of New Coke’.

Consequently, meeting organisers need to make sure that before they enter the conference space, their agenda is set in stone and sent out to everyone ahead of time.

“This gives the other people coming to the meeting the opportunity to review it, comment on it, add to it, and come prepared. A meeting that everyone has prepared for is more action, and less vague guessing,” he writes.

Furthermore, all attendees should be prepared to stick to this agenda. However, topics will fly across the table but if they are related to the agenda, then it is worth letting them ‘play out a bit’. Blog.pgi.com also admits that meeting agendas are a vital part of ‘getting tasks completed’.

Overall, it is worth keeping on topic as this allows the meeting to be ‘focused, driven and interesting’.

“I cannot stress the interesting bit enough,” he said. “When people are interested, they’ll be more invested in the ideas that come out of the meeting, they’ll be enthusiastic about coming to the next meeting and you’ll become the new meeting king.”

Experts say Channel 4 show 'Hotel GB' is boosting the hospitality industry

Experts have said that Channel 4’s new reality show, ‘Hotel GB’, is raising the profile of the UK’s hospitality industry.

It is thought that the show, which is raising money for employment charities, is boosting the demand for the likes of hotels, events venues and conference space in Britain – especially in the capital.

The show, which has been backed by London hotels, sees jobless people put through their paces at a celebrity-run hotel. Airing every night this week, the programme sees presenters, such as Gok Wan and Mary Portas, mentoring the individuals so that they are more likely to succeed with employment.

Hotelier Lorraine Fare told swlondoner.co.uk: “Anything that raises the profile of the world of hospitality is a positive thing.”

She also said that the show was putting the hospitality market ‘in the limelight with a younger market’ due to its youth target audience, prime time slot and approachable format. The show managed to get 1.5 million viewers tuning in on its debut show – reaching to a peak of 1.84 million.

One of the celebrity mentors, Gordon Ramsey, said that he’s ‘never stopped trying to help young people break into the hospitality industry’, according to bighospitality.co.uk. Mary Portas, who is acting as general manager, also said it was important to inspire people to get into the industry.

Londoners the most avid event-goers, according to ticket sales

When it comes to choosing a location for an upcoming event, British planners might want to consider London as a safe option.

This is because according to annual readings from ticketing agency Eventbrite, natives of the Big Smoke are by far and away the most avid event-goers in the land.

Although the likes of Brighton, Edinburgh, Cambridge and Manchester placed in the top 10 cities when ticket sales for their own gatherings were considered, Eventbrite claimed that gate receipts for event venues in London couldn’t be matched.

Commenting on a key market for his company, Eventbrite CEO Kevin Hartz said: “London has long been a top five city for Eventbrite in terms of users and the response we’ve seen since our recent focus on the UK has been incredibly promising.

“The vast quantity of events here showcase the entrepreneurial spirit of the country and highlight people’s ability to embrace the online world to build their offline lives.”

According to conference-news.co.uk, strong sales in Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, Leeds and Sheffield contributed to a 115 per cent increase in the number of tickets sold by Eventbrite from September 2011, the month it was founded. This equated to total sales of four million throughout the 12-month period, as gross sales grew by 80 per cent.

Incentivetravel.co.uk says most of this business derived from Britain, reporting that UK sales accounted for over half of all tickets sold by Eventbrite in a hugely successful first year for the company.     

Men see marriage as 'best kind of relationship'

Over half (56 per cent) of males see marriage as the ‘best kind of relationship’, according to an annual study by Girl Guiding UK reported by telegraph.co.uk.

The opinions of more than 1,000 girls/young women aged seven to 21, as well as a smaller panel of boys, were taken into account. The study also found that almost half of males feel married couples make better parents.

However, instead of the traditional viewpoint of females finding the idea of marriage essential, under half of the girls surveyed see marriage as the ‘best kind of relationship’, with a small minority saying they view finding a husband as the mark of success.

On the other hand, less than a third of girls believe that married couples make better parents than unmarried couples, meaning marriage is still on the mind for potential parents, thewomensbook.com reports.

As a result, walking down the aisle and heading to a post-ceremony wedding reception venue is still on the cards for many girls and boys – especially those who view the event as the catalyst for being a capable parent.

Gill Slocombe, the Chief Guide, commented on the survey: “Young women today have strong opinions, and some of these are very different from the boys. Girls still value family and marriage but they clearly do not see this as the absolute definition of success.”