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Business leaders urged to act now to prevent losing a generation of achievers


Business leaders are being warned they need to make radical changes to their management styles or risk losing a generation of achievers, as well as finding their own organisations are left behind, according to Lightbulb Leadership Solutions.

The alarm raised by Lightbulb Managing Director, Fiona McKay, comes after a poll suggested young professionals are becoming more fearful of their own futures with traditional management and outdated leadership styles also having a detrimental effect on business.

During a series of online events hosted during lockdown and since restrictions have been eased, she discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on business and how it has exposed leadership practices that are stifling personal and corporate performance.

Fear of redundancy has been pinpointed as the biggest challenge impacting performance, with 50% singling it out. The number has increased from 33% at the beginning of lockdown.

Exacerbating the situation is concern around a perceived lack of trust from managers with employees suggesting lockdown one-to-ones were being used to “catch out” rather than “catch up”.

And as Britain moves to a new Covid ‘plus’ environment, Fiona has cautioned those leaders persisting with this approach. She warns that it can have a detrimental effect on employees, wider business performance, and risks alienating a generation whose careers have suffered a significant disruption at a key developmental stage.

Fiona said: “It’s the end of an era for traditional leadership and management. This obstinate focus on numbers at the expense of real human interaction has run its course. Today, leaders need to be nurturing a coaching culture, centred around quality feedback, which empowers employees to solve problems themselves.

“We are also seeing major investors basing their decisions for capital injection and acquisitions on how businesses have dealt with lockdown and whether leaders possess the modern skills to achieve high performance and growth in the future.”

As organisations seek to recover post-coronavirus, there will be much reliance on Millennials, yet Fiona has found that this generational cohort are not only becoming more fearful about the future but are becoming more selective about the organisations they work for.

She said: “Millennials are a very much socially aware generation. Studies pre-coronavirus showed that 75% of them expected their organisation to take a stand on issues surrounding climate change and their attitudes are likely to have hardened from the pandemic experience. Increasingly, they want to see alignment between colleague, customer, and community and they are leaving organisations where this is not demonstrated.

“Unless leaders make fundamental changes to how they approach social and environmental issues as well as taking care to nurture their potential properly, businesses could face a recruitment crisis.”

In monitoring the impact of lockdown, Lightbulb Leadership carried out research before and after restrictions were eased by asking global business leaders what their biggest challenges are in delivering performance across their organisations.

The results showed an equal mix. 33% of leaders prior to lockdown rated fear of redundancy, 33% Leadership and Line Management Capability, and 33% Lack of HR and L&D bandwidth to support. By July 7th, these figures had changed to 50%, 35%, and 15% respectively.

Furthermore, when participants were asked to identify the challenges they felt stood in the way of developing a sustainable and flexible performance culture, the results were:

  • Working from home/flexible remote working (45%)
  • Better leadership and business behaviours (30%)
  • Creating a coaching culture (20%)
  • New Organisation Design (5%)

Fiona added: “The fear of redundancy has understandably spiked during the pandemic. Leaders need to find ways of alleviating these fears because scared employees do not perform well. Interestingly, leadership, business behaviours and line management capability also came up.

“Businesses know that something needs to change, and the challenge now is to help them improve their leadership practice to improve performance and, along the way, alleviate the fears so many amongst the workforce are experiencing. Failure to do so will undoubtedly contribute to the real risk of a lost generation of talent.”

For more information please contact ks@konductor.co.uk or 07966 505661

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New transition support programme helps prevent anxiety about moving from Year 6 to secondary school


primary2secondary is a new online support programme to help parents of children entering Year 6. Every September, approximately 750,000* children move to Year 6, and their parents have to choose and apply for a secondary school place by the end of October. In many cases, parents and children are anxious about the upcoming move and confused about the process and preparation required.

This combined online programme/community is the only one of its kind in the UK. Using online videos, information downloads, and an online community, the programme provides detailed information and guidance on:

• How to choose and apply for the most appropriate secondary school
• How to deal with child anxieties over subjects such as bullying, homework, getting lost, etc.
• Practical issues such as travel, equipment, uniforms, etc.
• Mental health and well-being preparation

TV parenting expert, Sue Atkins said: “We’re delighted to launch the primary2secondary programme. Our inspiration came from talking to parents about the high levels of anxiety and stress they suffer during this transition. For parents whose eldest child is entering Year 6, it’s especially difficult to get clear advice on how to choose the best school for their child. And then how to prepare them for what can be a very traumatic move. The primary2secondary programme supports parents right the way through Year 6 and into Year 7, giving them the information and advice they need, when they need it.”

primary2secondary is a major new initiative fromPostitive2, the brainchild of leading parenting experts Sue Atkins and Jo FitzGerald. At a time when mental health disorders, such as anxiety, are on the increase it provides a unique, independent service that isn’t available from central government, local authorities or schools. Sue added: “As parents who have been through this process ourselves, we want to help other parents with the single biggest decision affecting their child’s future.”

primary2secondary is available at www.primary2secondary.co.uk.
or more information about primary2secondary visit:
● Facebook page: www.facebook.com/primary2secondary
● Twitter: www.twitter.com/primary2second
● Email: info@primary2secondary.co.uk



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Regular, correct cleaning of your smartphone could help prevent the spread of germs


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UNITED KINGDOM; 23 March 2020 – In the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, UK-based mobile accessories supplier, Mobile Lyme is reminding people to sanitize their handsets regularly to avoid coming into contact with germs at this time.

Mobile Lyme is a leading supplier of top quality, authentic smartphone accessories based in the Midlands, selling everything from cases and covers to wireless chargers.

“Smartphones and accessories are high touch items that easily collect dirt and germs. Right now, we are urging people to more vigilant with their devices and clean them regularly using the correct cleaning items so as not to damage them,” says X of Mobile Lyme.

How to clean your mobile phone:

  1. Unplug all cables and turn your phone off
  2. Remove any cases or other accessories from the phone
  3. Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Disinfecting Wipes, gently wipe the exterior surfaces of your phone and try to avoid getting any moisture in any openings.
  4. Let your phone air dry for about 5 minutes
  5. Give your phone another wipe-down with a soft microfiber cloth
  6. Use sticky tape to remove any grime or stuck dirt in crevices
  7. Repeat this process with your phone case and other accessories – you can use more astringent cleaners on these in general, except for accessories that contain fabric/ leather

Follow the following precautions to not damage your device:

  • Do not use bleach or straight alcohol such methylated spirits which will damage the special coatings on the screen
  • Do not submerge your phone in any cleaning agents

How often should I clean my phone?

It’s a good idea to clean your phone more regularly than usual at this time. You can disinfect as often as every second day and give your phone a wipe down with a microfibre cloth every day to stay on top of germs.

“Now is also a good time to update any old accessories that may feel grimy or damaged, or to safely purchase accessories for your new phones. Mobile Lyme’s secure website offers a wide selection of accessories for all phone types including all major brands and latest models such as the new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. Right now, we are offering FREE shipping with all orders so our customers can easily order new accessories from the comfort of their home with peace of mind. We take great care with every order to ensure new and regular customers are treated with equally.”

Visit https://smartphone-accessories.co.uk/ to order all the latest and best quality Smartphones and accessories from Mobile Lyme now.

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Y the Wait CEO Says Join us to Prevent COVID-19 Crisis in the Hospitality Industry


Key points:
* Y the Wait CEO is calling on the hospitality industry to join the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.
* The company will waive-off its service-fee until 31st May 2020 or further if required.
* Y the Wait prompts restaurant owners to start food delivery services free of cost by employing own delivery boys to save high margins.
* Use Y the Wait, all-in-one digital waiter app, to order your food at any restaurant around the globe.

Y the Wait CEO Simranjit Singh Grewal is calling on the hospitality industry to join the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic. Mr Grewal advises people to avoid using unhygienic paper menus and kiosks and opt for the digital waiter as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Users can use Y the Wait as a digital waiter for dine-in, pre-order and delivery orders across the globe — even at McDonald’s, KFC, Starbucks etc. or any local restaurant in their city, food court, and more if they join Y the Wait in this cause. Y the Wait app can be implemented at restaurants, cafes, hotels, bars, night clubs,  airports, food courts, casinos, theatres, stadiums and arenas, events, cinemas, etc. within few minutes with our 24×7 global support.

To minimize the impact of the novel coronavirus, Y the Wait is supporting the hospitality industry through its ‘Join Us to Prevent Corona Spread’ initiative in response to public caution as more people limit public outings. In response to restaurant owners’ concerns of negative economic impact, the Y the Wait CEO mentioned the company will waive-off its usual 4% service-fee to allow restaurant owners to keep their business operating in uncertain times until 31st May 2020 or further if required. During this period, industry owners can decide their service-fee from zero to any percentage up-to 4% which will be further donated. Users can use Y the Wait app to donate to their preferred charities while enjoying the app. Y the Wait also prompts restaurant owners to start delivery services free of cost by employing own delivery staff. Through the ‘Join Us to Prevent Corona Spread’ campaign, Y the Wait will donate all funds collected to government organizations and charities providing relief to people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UK financial crime tech firm announces partnership to use unstructured data to prevent fraud


Synectics Solutions and Infoboss today announced a partnership that will see both organisations integrate their respective technology platforms, to broaden the reach of anti-fraud and financial crime activity, in both the public and private sectors, through the automated processing of unstructured data.

Infoboss has developed innovative data mining and processing capabilities allowing for the collection, classification, tagging, derivation and augmentation of data from any electronic source. The technology automates the management and processing of data utilising machine learning and artificial (AI) techniques enabling businesses to leverage valuable insights and efficiencies from previously untapped data sets.

From today, Synectics will be working with Infoboss to begin to incorporate its unstructured data mining capabilities into its financial crime risk management solutions for both public and private sector use. This comes on the back of additional partnerships recently agreed with other unstructured data analysis companies in this area, and reflects the big opportunities that Synectics sees for its clients’ in leveraging this untapped source of intelligence to aid the fight against fraud and other types of financial crime.

For over 27 years, Synectics has been at the forefront of developing leading edge, data driven solutions for its clients to help them create effective risk management systems to reduce their losses to fraud and financial crime.

Synectics’ clients have saved over £4.8 billion collectively in recent years through the use of market leading link analysis, fraud prevention and predictive analysis solutions – SIRA, Orion and Precision. Synectics has also helped public sector organisations save over £1.69 billion through its work with the UK’s Cabinet Office and the National Fraud Initiative. This new technology partnership will be especially useful to Synectics’ customers in their fight against fraud and minimisation of claim leakage.

Mark Hobart, Managing Director Infoboss commented: “The relationship with Synectics is important to us as it provides opportunity to illustrate how our innovative technology platform can be used in the fight against fraud and to deliver efficiencies in other areas that their customers are looking at such as claim leakage.”

Hobart continues: “Synectics is a leader in its field and we’re delighted to have been selected as a trusted partner on this innovative initiative.”

Russell Mackintosh, Head of Partnerships at Synectics said: “There’s often far more intelligence that fraud investigators can utilise from their own unstructured data. This is typically held in correspondence, invoices, statements, utility bills, payslips, claims forms and identification documentation. By using Infoboss’ technology to harvest this information and integrate it into our fraud prevention solutions, our customers will be able to gain a much more informed and richer picture of the levels of risk associated with applications or claims.”

About Infoboss

Infoboss provide an innovative, enterprise strength automated data management and processing platform. Utilising technologies such as search-engine, machine learning and artificial intelligence, the software can be used to solve a variety of business problems pertaining to data.

For further information visit www.infoboss.co.uk or alternatively call Mark Hobart on 0333 772 1963 or email mhobart@infoboss.co.uk

About Synectics Solutions

Synectics Solutions is a pioneering data solutions and software development firm, which has been providing leading-edge, risk mitigation software products to clients across the finance, insurance, automotive and public sector for over 27 years. The company is focused on protecting organisations against fraud and financial crime.

For more information visit www.synectics-solutions.com or alternatively call 0333 234 3419 or email marketing@synectics-solutions.com

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