A survey by mobile football app High5it and
the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF)
suggests social media may not be doing
any favours to the relationship between
supporters and footballers. The research
found nearly a quarter of UK football fans
using social media have posted abusive
or negative comments about a player.
Supporters in the 16-25 age group were far
more likely to use social media to be abusive
than those over 45.
What’s more, over half of fans have also witnessed
abuse or arguments between fans and professional
players on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
Around half of fans believe that increased access to players
via social media negatively affects players’ performance and has
not improved their relationship with their teams. In contrast,
half believe fans of rugby union enjoy a better relationship with
the sport’s players than in football, with 44 per cent thinking the
same in respect to cricket.
Perhaps more worrying still, the survey also found that nearly
a third of fans believe that negative player behaviour – such as
feigning injury, diving and not giving their all –meant fewer football
games are being attended or watched by families and children.
Kevin Miles, chief executive of the FSF, said: “Football is the
world’s greatest sport and can be a tremendous force for good.
Thanks to social media, top-level players and fans have more
contact than ever before. We hope in time that this builds
towards greater understanding and respect on both sides.”
TIME TO VENTURE OUT?
Challenges firms faced when
trying to enter new sectors
or geographies included a
lack of expertise around
their target market, strong
competition and a lack of
Firms in London and the
North West were most
successful in breaking into
new markets and were also
the most confident about
According to the International
Labour Office, poor eating can reduce
productivity by as much as 20 per cent.
Low levels of iron, for example, can result
in poor cognitive function, impairing
performance, while low blood sugar
levels can reduce attention span and the
speed at which we process information.
Obese employees, meanwhile, are twice
as likely to be absent as fit workers.
AND NOW FOR THE SCIENCE BIT...
Why do we find it so hard to resist impulse buys at the end of the weekly shop? Why
does Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg wear the same plain grey T-shirt every day and
President Obama only grey or blue suits? The answer lies in the impact that multiple
choices can have on our decision-making ability. The more decisions we have to
make, however small or inconsequential, the more likely it is that decision fatigue will
set in. As Zuckerberg says, “Even making small decisions around what you wear or
what you eat for breakfast makes you tired and consumes your energy.”
Interestingly, experiments indicate a similar fatigue sets in when it comes to
our morals. Research published in the Journal of Psychological Science found
people are more likely to cheat, lie and commit fraud later in the day, because the
part of the brain responsible for ‘executive control’ becomes tired.
:) SHINY, HAPPY PEOPLE
There are many ways to motivate people, but for many of us a simple ‘thank you’
goes a long way. A nationwide survey by Argos for Business found that feeling
valued is the most important aspect of a job for 43 per cent of us, while 40 per
cent stay in our jobs because we have good relationships with our colleagues.
The opportunity to take on responsibility (26 per cent) and making a difference
(28 per cent) also rated highly among the top motivators in the workplace.
Danny Clenaghan, managing director at Argos for Business, said, “As the
research shows, simple and cost-effective everyday actions, such as saying thank
you with low-cost gift vouchers, a duvet day or allowing your team to leave 30
minutes early on a Friday, can go a long way to ensuring bosses hold onto valuable
team members. Motivated employees should be at the heart of every business,
as a continuously engaged and driven workforce is more efficient, which in turn
impacts positively on a business’ bottom line.”
TAKE A BREAK
British workers take shorter lunch
breaks, less holiday and work far
longer hours than other Europeans,
an International Congress and
Marketing survey has revealed.
The report concluded that this
behaviour is unhealthy for both
employees and organisations,
with stress and stress-related
conditions the second most
commonly reported work-related
ill health problems in Great Britain.
ONLY 37% OF UK
WITH 53% IN 2013
NOT GOOD ENOUGH
The UK is among the top five countries
globally with the highest proportion of
women on the boards of leading companies.
According to Egon Zehnder, Europe is
making good progress in boardroom
diversity, with 20 per cent of board
directors now women compared with 15.5
per cent two years ago. However, the
figures remain low and suggest true board
diversity is still a long way off.
While multi-tasking is a valuable skill,
many people are taking it a step too far,
resulting in a major bug-bear in today’s
workplaces. The majority (78 per cent) of
UK HR directors say employees read and
respond to emails during meetings, with
the figure rising even higher in medium-
New research from OfficeTeam
found the practice is not going down
well among leaders. Four in 10 believe
it’s only acceptable to read messages
during a meeting if they are urgent,
while a quarter go further, stressing
it’s never acceptable and mobile devices
should not be brought to meetings.
Rachel Stockell, senior manager at
OfficeTeam, said, “Accessibility via mobile
devices has widened the parameters
of the working day, but employees must
be aware of the broader impact it has,
including how their actions are perceived
by their managers and colleagues.”
skip lunch or eat 'al-desko' at least
once a week; 20% do it every day
take less than 30 minutes for their lunch break
never take a lunch break
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PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS
AMONG THE TOP 20 WITH
THE HIGHEST REVENUE