Life At Work

Covering every aspect of life at work, this section is designed to ensure you have all the advice you need to find a role that makes you enjoy your day-to-day. Whether it’s maintaining a good work-life balance, promoting workplace culture, or making the most of your employee benefits, it’s all key to your workplace wellbeing.

Top companies hiring May 2022

Looking for a job you adore this month? Here are just five of the great companies hiring on Reed.co.uk in May.

Top companies hiring April 2022

Looking for a sweet new job in April? Here are just five of the great companies hiring on Reed.co.uk this month.

Six reasons to reject a job offer

If you’re on the fence about accepting a role, here are six great reasons you might decide to turn down a job offer.

#IWD2022 – Six ways to improve your career progression

In celebration of #IWD2022, and irrespective of whatever box you tick, here are a few ways in which you can support your own career advancement.

Resignation retraction letter

Changed your mind about leaving your job? Here’s a sample resignation retraction letter, and tips on how to withdraw your resignation. 

10 icebreaker questions for work

So you’re aren’t stuck for what to say, here are 10 icebreaker questions that will help get the conversation going (and example answers).

Ask James

Ask James: Should I tailor my CV?

In his monthly column, career coach and Chairman of reed.co.uk, James Reed, shares his expert advice to help you tackle your biggest career concerns. In this month’s column, James gives his top tips on tailoring your CV,

Ask James: How do I network?

Career coach and Chairman of reed.co.uk, James Reed, shares his expert advice to help you tackle your biggest career concerns. In this month’s column, James gives his top tips on how to network.

Ask James: What should I ask my mentor?

Not sure how to make the most of your mentor? In this month’s column, James gives his top tips on what to ask your mentor.

Ask James: How do I get back into work after travelling?

Not sure how to explain a gap in your CV? In this month’s column, career coach and Chairman of reed.co.uk, James Reed gives his advice on how to get back into work after travelling.

Ask James: How do I re-submit my CV?

In his monthly column, career coach and Chairman of reed.co.uk, James Reed, shares his expert advice to help you tackle your biggest career concerns. This month, James gives his top tips on how to get an updated CV back in front of recruiters.

Ask James: How do I answer this question about competition?

Not sure how to answer: ‘If you could work for any company other than this one, who would it be?’. Here are James Reed’s top tips.

Ask James: How do I get my colleagues to respect me as a manager?

This month, Chairman of reed.co.uk James Reed gives his top tips on how to gain the respect of your colleagues after a promotion.

Ask James: How do I find a new career at 50?

Stuggling to find career advice for older jobseekers? In this month’s column, James gives his top tips on how to find a new career at 50…

Ask James: What can I do to stand out and get a promotion?

Looking to take the next step in your career? In this month’s column, James gives his top tips on how to get yourself promoted.

Ask James: How do I choose a career path?

Struggling to work out which career is right for you? In this month’s column, James gives his advice on how to choose a career path that works for you.

Ask James: Should I switch careers?

Looking to enter a brand new industry, but not sure where to start? In this month’s column, James gives his advice on how to switch careers.

Ask James: How do I turn a temp job into a permanent role?

Career coach and Chairman of reed.co.uk, James Reed, gives his top tips on how to turn your temp role into something more permanent.

COVID-19 and work

10 good things that are happening in the world right now

To help bring some much-needed positivity (and also, bees) into your life, here are 10 good things that are happening in the world right now.

Revealed: The biggest frustrations about searching for work in 2021

We surveyed 2,000 workers across the UK to find out their biggest bugbears when searching for work. Here’s what they had to say.

Five tips for returning to the office after the pandemic

How do people feel about returning to the office over the coming months? Here’s what we found out – and our tips to help you make the transition.

Three industries crying out for staff right now

Jobs are booming this summer. Here are some of the industries most in need of employees – and the top companies hiring in them right now. 

Five ways to celebrate Pride in 2021

To help inspire you this month, here are just five great ways you can celebrate Pride in 2021 – at home or at work.

Jobs boom: Vacancies posted at their highest levels in over a decade

Everything you need to know about the current jobs boom – and why now is the perfect time to start thinking about finding a new role.

Why transferable skills will be your key to finding work in 2021

The pandemic has changed some people’s ways of working forever. Which is why, for many, 2021 will be the perfect time to change careers.  

Five reasons to start a new career in adult social care

Considering a career in Care? To help inspire you, here’s five reasons why care workers love their jobs (and how you could too).

Five companies hiring during COVID-19

As part of our commitment to help #KeepBritainWorking, here are just five companies searching for staff during COVID-19 – and beyond.

How to make your CV stand out during COVID-19

Want to make your CV stand out against the competition during COVID-19, and ensure recruiters remember your application? Here’s our advice.

How searching for social care careers is changing during COVID

According to our latest research, care workers are changing their expectations during the pandemic. Both financially, and for their wellbeing.

Out of work checklist: Things to do if you lose your job

Here’s a checklist of the things you should do if you lose your job, including claiming benefits, and keeping track of your money.

Employee benefits

Referral schemes: What you need to know

Want to bring your BFF to work, and get paid for it? With a referral scheme, you can. To help you understand what they’re all about, here’s everything you need to know about referral schemes.

Employee benefits: What you need to know

No matter what industry you’re in, you’ll have encountered some kind of employee benefits. To make sure you’re clued up on what could be on offer, here’s everything you need to know about employee benefits:

Employee perks: What UK workers really want  

Office perks are something many of us take for granted. But it appears not all workers are getting what they want, according to our latest survey…

What it’s like to work for Apple

Want to take a bite out of Apple? ‘Slide and unlock’ is only the beginning. To make sure you’re clear of the facts, and to give you an insight into the life of an Apple employee – here’s what it’s really like to work for Apple:

What it’s like to work for Facebook

To give you an insight into what it’d be like to be a Facebook employee, here’s what’s it’s like to work there (and our top tips to help you land the job):

Office perks: Have they lost their pulling power?

Although exciting office perks might make a role seem more appealing, knowing their true importance is vital. But not all candidates (or employers) see benefits as a big deal. So, are office perks a must-have, or have they lost their pulling power?

What it’s like to work for Twitter

Want to work for one of the fastest growing tech organisations? To give you an idea of the interview process and working atmosphere, here’s what it’s like to work for Twitter:

What it’s like to work for Google

Want to be part of one of the world’s biggest companies? To help give you an idea of the application process and day-to-day, here’s what it’s like to work for Google:

Holidays: definitely not for wimps

As the UK’s workforce increasingly powers through its day, it seems holidays could be the next thing to fall by the wayside.

Features

Top companies hiring May 2022

Looking for a job you adore this month? Here are just five of the great companies hiring on Reed.co.uk in May.

Top companies hiring April 2022

Looking for a sweet new job in April? Here are just five of the great companies hiring on Reed.co.uk this month.

Six reasons to reject a job offer

If you’re on the fence about accepting a role, here are six great reasons you might decide to turn down a job offer.

#IWD2022 – Six ways to improve your career progression

In celebration of #IWD2022, and irrespective of whatever box you tick, here are a few ways in which you can support your own career advancement.

10 icebreaker questions for work

So you’re aren’t stuck for what to say, here are 10 icebreaker questions that will help get the conversation going (and example answers).

Top companies hiring February 2022

Looking for a new start in February? Here are five of the top companies hiring on Reed.co.uk this month (and some of the great jobs on offer).

Top companies hiring January 2022

New year, new career? To help you reach your career goals in 2022, here are five great companies that are hiring in January. 

Five career New Year’s resolutions you can actually stick to

To make sure your career is going in the right direction in 2022, here are five career New Year’s resolutions you can actually stick to.

£24m raised as part of #ChristmasChallenge21

We’re pleased to announce that the Big Give Christmas Challenge raised a record-breaking £24 million this year. Here’s how they did it.  

Top companies hiring December 2021

Want to kick off Christmas with a new job? These cracking companies are hiring (and here are the roles they have on offer).

Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021

Here’s everything you need to know about The Big Give Christmas Challenge, and how you can double your donation for your favourite cause.

How to quit a job without notice

There may be a time when it’s not possible or it’s best not to give notice when you leave a role. Here are our top tips on how to walk away without giving notice.  

Work-life balance

How to: Write a to do list for work

Looking for a structured way to improve your productivity? Here’s everything you need to know about writing a to do list for work.

Five of the best data entry jobs you can do from home

If you’re looking for a role that offers great flexibility, here are five of the best data entry jobs you can do from home. 

Five mindfulness tips for work

Practicing mindfulness has a number of benefits, including improving your productivity and mental health. Especially when it comes to work… 

Six tips to improve your workplace wellbeing

Worried about your wellbeing at work? To help you get some positivity back, here are six key ways you can improve your workplace wellbeing.

Five tips for dealing with stress when looking for work

Where does jobseeking stress come from? And if we can’t avoid it, how can we harness it, and use it to our advantage? Here are our top tips.

80/20 rule (and how it could kickstart your career)

Everything you need to know about the 80/20 rule, and how using it could help maximise your productivity – and progress in your career.

Full-time hours vs. part-time hours: What you need to know

Here’s everything you need to know about full-time hours and part-time hours – and how to work out which one is right for you.

Tips on working from home with kids

To help you find the right balance between your personal and professional commitments, here are some tips on how to manage working from home with your kids.

11 things you realise when you start working from home

If you’ve found yourself suddenly working from home for the foreseeable future, here are 11 things you’ve probably realised.

How to manage workers remotely 

To ensure you and your team remain on track throughout the coronavirus pandemic, here are our top tips on how to manage workers remotely.

How to stay productive while working from home

To help you maintain productivity during COVID-19, here are our top tips on how to stay productive while working from home.

Five benefits of flexi time working

Want to choose when you work? It might actually be possible. We’ve already covered the basics of what you need to know about flexi time working, but here’s a quick rundown of how it could benefit you:

Workplace culture

Resignation retraction letter

Changed your mind about leaving your job? Here’s a sample resignation retraction letter, and tips on how to withdraw your resignation. 

10 tips for your first day at work

To help you come across as confident, engaged and motivated to your new colleagues, here are 10 tips for nailing your first day at work.

Speaking up, and speaking out: How to overcome the ‘broken rung’

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Patricia Seabright, author of ‘She Said!’, gives her top tips on how to overcome the ‘broken rung’.

10 black career trailblazers

To celebrate Black History Month, we’re shining a spotlight on some men and women who helped open doors for those in the black community.  

Dealing with unconscious bias in the workplace

Here’s everything you need to know about unconscious bias, and our top tips on how to deal with it in the workplace.

Eight good habits to start right now

Here are eight of the best habits to have at work, courtesy of James Reed’s brand new book, Life’s Work: 12 Proven Ways to Fast Track Your Career.

Revealed: The 10 most annoying office phrases

Want to instantly irritate you co-workers? Just make sure you use one of the following 10 phrases, and frustration won’t be far off…

How to: Feel valued at work

When your job loves you, you’re more likely to love your job. We spoke to Ruth Bushi, Editor at money advice site Save the Student, to find out how to feel valued at work.

10 things all office workers can relate to

From washing up wars to air-con based arguments, there are a few universal truths that all office workers can probably relate to. Here are 10 things all office workers know to be true.

Five standing desk benefits

Not sure what a standing desk is for? We’ve got you covered. To help you see the positive effects, here are five benefits of having a standing desk.

How to: Deal with bullying at work

Here are some practical ways to identify if you or anyone you know is the victim of bullying at work, and how to deal with it.

How to: Communicate effectively at work

Trouble communicating at work? Let’s talk. To help you improve your work-based interactions, here are our top tips on how to communicate effectively at work.

Other advice on: Life At Work

What type of communicator are you?

Here’s a quiz to help you find out your communication style, courtesy of our free leadership & management course.

Working hours: What you need to know

To ensure you’re working within your rights (and to answer any questions you may have), here’s everything you need to know about working hours.

How to write a handover

Not sure how to handle a handover? We’ve got you. Here’s everything you need to know about a handover, and our advice on how to write one.

High Income Child Benefit Charge: What you need to know

We spoke to HMRC, to find out everything you need to know about the High Income Child Benefit Charge, and their advice on how to ensure you’re paying the right amount.

How to: Call in sick

No matter how hard you fight it, getting sick is an inevitable part of life. We’ve already covered everything you need to know about returning to work after sickness, but here are our tips on how to call in sick.

Goodbye email templates

To help you say goodbye in the right way, here are our top tips on writing a goodbye email, along with a few goodbye email templates to get you started.

 

How to: Get feedback at work

Asking for feedback isn’t always easy. To make sure you’re receiving all the advice you need to progress, here are our top tips on how to get feedback at work.

 

Annual leave: What you need to know

No matter how much you love your job, everyone needs a break. To make sure you understand the process, here’s everything you need to know about annual leave:

Five reasons you’re unhappy at work

OK, so you might not enjoy every second of your job. To help you improve your day-to-day, here are five reasons you’re unhappy at work (and our advice on how to tackle them): 

Out of office email template

Getting out of the office? Don’t forget your inbox. To help you write your out of office email, here’s everything you need to know, along with a few templates for you to choose from:

How to: Take criticism at work

Criticism is never an easy thing to hear. So to help you take negative feedback gracefully, here’s our guide to how to take criticism at work:

Relocation: What you need to know

Moving can be stressful. To make sure you make the right decision, here’s everything you need to know about relocating for work: