Day: May 10, 2020

Being proactive to mental and physical wellbeing of employees

Amid all the lockdown uncertainty, the one constant throughout this challenging period for businesses has been the need to quickly adapt to significantly disruptive change.

And in order to successfully promote the mental and physical wellbeing of employees, it is more important than ever that employers adapt to this change far quicker than they expect their workers to.

In fact, a recent report from the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has revealed the UK workforce unsurprisingly has many issues weighing heavy on its mind, and that there is still a measurable proportion of workers that are struggling with the transition almost two months into lockdown.

More than half of the survey respondents reported new aches and pains related to home working, with 64% reporting a loss of sleep due to worry and 48% reporting working patterns that include long and irregular hours.

The report also showed that a third of

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Branson clears the way to sell $1bn stake in Virgin Galactic

Richard Branson is free to sell up to half his stake in his space tourism venture — potentially raising close to $1bn — after a little-noticed filing by Virgin Galactic lifted constraints on investors.

The entrepreneur has come under fire for seeking state help for Virgin Group’s airlines businesses, which have been hammered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

But even as other parts of the empire have been paralysed, Virgin Galactic’s market value has almost doubled from $2.3bn at its initial public offering six months ago to $4.25bn, lifting the value of Virgin Group’s stake close to $2bn.

A US securities filing last week clears the way for Virgin Group to sell up to half its holding and — coupled with the publication of first-quarter results this week — removes some barriers to insiders selling shares in the coming weeks.

Virgin Group, which declined to comment, is unlikely to be able

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WASO chief takes a bow


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Facebook invests in local news via grants to local journalism

Eugene Weekly was one of the local papers which received a $25,000 grant from the Facebook Journalism Project as a means to weather the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money will be used to sustain publishing operations allowing the Weekly to continue with its arts and entertainment reporting and its investigative and solutions journalism. The funds will also be used to restore the coverage of local government to the Lane County area.

Plans are also underway to start a weekly email newsletter for readers.

In addition, the Facebook Journalism project has also awarded Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism with a $100,000 grant for its coverage related to the coronavirus pandemic through investigations, data checks and litigation.

In CPI’s case, the money will be invested in journalists, photojournalists, analysts and data experts, litigation expenses, equipment, publication in social networks, as well as in the general administration of the entity’s

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