PUBLISHED: 09:28 11 January 2019 Peter Sharkey Work perks such as free exercise classes can help keep employees - but is it enough? Picture: Getty Images dolgachov Do companies do enough to keep their staff with workplace perks like pilates? Peter Sharkey investigates. How was it for you? I’m referring, of course, to the first full week back at work. No doubt Colin in accounts was still there, despite his drunken declaration at the staff Christmas party that he was heading off to California with his guitar and songbook. And that ‘awkward client’ file surreptitiously hidden to one side of your desk just before the holidays almost dared you to open it. Sound familiar?By Wednesday lunchtime, I thought it was 6pm Friday. Dry January? You’ve got to be kidding; if ever there was a month when you fancy a drink, it’s the opening 31 days of the new year...Nevertheless, there’s every indication that matters will improve during … [Read more...] about Employee benefits – what is important to you?
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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have cleared the air.The two duchesses put on a united front on Christmas Day, where they were photographed walking into Sandringham Church alongside their husbands, Prince Harry and Prince William, before enjoying an undramatic holiday together at Queen Elizabeth's estate, Sandringham House, in Norfolk, England. Meghan and Kate were notably all smiles as they celebrated the holidays together following months of reports that the two aren't getting along behind the scenes. And, according to multiple reports, their willingness to see past their differences and get along wasn't just for the cameras -- and that may be thanks to the Queen herself.Us Weekly reported this week that the monarch had "reached her limit with all the drama," which had resulted in an uncharacteristic statement from Kensington Palace denying that Kate had told off Meghan.See photos of Meghan and Kate together on Christmas below: 12 PHOTOS Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan … [Read more...] about Queen Elizabeth reportedly ‘reached her limit’ with alleged Kate and Meghan feud ahead of Christmas
DECLAN Donnelly took to Twitter to settle his niggles over his festive feast. By Beth Allcock Wednesday, December 26, 2018 Declan Donnelly appealed to fans for help to settle a Christmas dinner dilemma Declan Donnelly has called on fans for immediate help to settle a niggling Christmas dinner debate. The Geordie, who shares his Twitter page with co-star and BFF Ant McPartlin, earlier delighted followers when the pair teamed up for a joint festive message. Yet just hours later, the new dad of one felt compelled to launch a poll on the social media site after controversy over what to put on his Christmas plate. Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly share a joint Twitter page (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images) The survey centred on having a Yorkshire pudding on Christmas dinner to which the options to … [Read more...] about Declan Donnelly calls for help to settle Christmas dinner DILEMMA as he makes fan appeal
By Associated Press | PUBLISHED: December 23, 2018 at 5:43 am | UPDATED: December 23, 2018 at 6:14 am WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The federal government is expected to remain partially shut down past Christmas. The standoff over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion to build a border wall with Mexico deepened on Saturday. Democrats are rejecting Trump’s demand as costly and ineffective, and any agreement to reopen the entire government appeared out of reach until the Senate returns for a full session next Thursday. No one knows how long the closures will last. Unlike other shutdowns, this one seems to lack urgency, coming during the long holiday weekend after Trump had already declared Monday, Christmas Eve, a federal holiday. Rather than work around the clock, the leaders of the House and the Senate effectively closed up shop. But they haven’t ruled out action if a deal were struck. ___ 5:40 … [Read more...] about The Latest: Partial shutdown likely to extend past Christmas
Updated 3:03 pm PST, Saturday, December 22, 2018 A Honduran migrant w climbs an embankment after jumping over the U.S. border wall from Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego, Calif., as seen from Tijuana, Mexico, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. Discouraged by the long wait to apply for asylum through official ports of entry, many Central American migrants from recent caravans are choosing to cross the U.S. border wall and hand themselves in to border patrol agents. less A Honduran migrant w climbs an embankment after jumping over the U.S. border wall from Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego, Calif., as seen from Tijuana, Mexico, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. Discouraged by the long wait to ... more Photo: Daniel Ochoa De Olza, AP Photo: Daniel Ochoa De Olza, AP Image 1 of / 24 Caption Close Image 1 of 24 A … [Read more...] about The Latest: Trump staying in capital for Christmas