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LaunchPad 361º: Switching Off to Be More Productive

Natasha Bernal

This week’s news buzz has been all about the number 6 with French workers deciding to cut out from work at 6PM and some Swedish workers decided to experiment with 6 hour days. Pry yourself away from your work and find out how they did it!

Hello!! After a week of hard work, I am sure we are all looking forward to a long weekend to disconnect. This short week has also been rather exciting, with a lot of news coming from Europe concerning working hours and productivity and a lot of buzz about how to improve results without spending too many hours in the office.

favWhen the French Clock Off at 6PM, They Really Mean It -- The French have bid adieu to answering their work phones after 6 PM. Unions in France have closed a deal where employees will no longer have to answer their phones after hours. Although this is potentially aggravating for companies that rely on their employees support, it’s a good stand against the anxiety that many people feel because they can’t disconnect from work. Vive la Revolution!

My Current Salary Is Putting Employers Off. What Should I Do? – How much previous salary is too much? According to this man, his 40K previous job is preventing him from pursuing lower paid jobs that he would find challenging and interesting. Looking at a box that says: “Former Salary” is the scariest thing since, well... “Desired Salary”.

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The Who-What-Where-Why-How of Vying for Talent – Get to your battle stations people, the war for talent has begun! According to this article, even if you are in the best company “since sliced bread”, you should always be looking for amazing people to join the team. All is fair in Recruitment War.

Sweden to Introduce a 6-Hour Working Day – Some council workers in the city of Gothenburg are introducing a six hour working day for the rest of the year in a bid to boost productivity, reduce the amount of sick days and make workers happier. Anyone fancy 9AM to 3PM working days? If it works in Sweden, more companies may be inspired to follow suit.

These Are the 20 Best Paid Jobs For Women in 2014 -- You go girls! These are the best paid female professionals (according to Forbes), although the 19% gap between male and female colleagues means that there is a lot yet to be achieved towards equality in the workplace. Congratulations to all the HR managers who made the list!

Meet Our Namesakes – This adorable group of scouts in Reading are our namesake pick of the week. They have helped to raise money for LaunchPad, a local charity that supports over 100 homeless people! Inspiring.

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Natasha Bernal

Natasha is a journalist with an extensive technology and startup news background. She brings LaunchPad to life through words in our blog, press releases and updates. As the person that shapes our brand personality, she makes our goals and ideas reality in the online world.