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You’d be forgiven for thinking that flexible working is the future of the modern workforce. Technology is enabling us to work anytime and from anywhere (whether we like it or not!) and since June 2014, UK employees have had the right, by law, to request flexible hours. As the next generation come through the ranks, the expectation of a 9–5 job will become less and less of a reality.

Read more “The future of working is deskless”

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It sounds like a bad joke doesn’t it? Unfortunately not, it’s something pretty important to consider.

Thinking about how many people you should talk to and get involved in your start-up should be a conscious decision and not something you leave to chance.

It could be easy to fall into the trap of thinking its ‘more the merrier’ when it comes to outside involvement in your fledgling business. The more people you speak to and the more people you get involved in your brainstorms, your product testing and your investment the better, right?

Wrong. Read more “How many people does it take to build a start-up?”

Well maybe not to all of them, but certainly the ones that aren’t offering you value.

We all know what it’s like to be a slave to your inbox. Those who spend all day answering and writing emails not only feel overwhelmed, they are also facing constant interruptions which stops their ability to focus on what’s important. Be it creative thinking, strategy or even their friends and family.

205 billion emails were sent and received worldwide every single day in 2015. Traditional email inboxes have become repositories that are being used as never-ending to do lists. Most messages we receive follow someone else’s agenda, not our own. But what’s even worse is that with these traditional inboxes, all messages are created equal.

Read more “Email issues? Just stop replying”

Why the 2nd January is the most important day of the year.

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Day — despite the inevitable sore head, ringing in the new year is a chance to see the world all shiny and new. A fresh start. An opportunity to make changes to your life that will see you happier, richer, slimmer and fitter this time next year? Possibly.

Read more “Why the 2nd January is the most important day of the year.”

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If you haven’t seen the footage of the Brownlee brothers competing in Sunday night’s World Triathlon Series, you must be living under a rock.

In the final metres of the race, younger sibling Jonny was suffering from exhaustion and heat stroke, looking likely to pass out at any moment. Brother Alistair came from behind, witnessed the scene and immediately scooped his brother up, supporting him to the finish line. And if that was enough for our hearts — as the pair reached the end of the race, Alistair flung his brother ahead of himself ensuring Jonny would win silver while he would be placed third.

Read more “A Helping Hand: Why Entrepreneurs Need to Think Like A Brownlee Brother”

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Earlier in the month, Ofcom released the 2016 Communications Market Report where it was reported that fifteen million UK internet users had admitted to taking a digital detox due to tech information overload. According to their statistics, the population is so overwhelmed by digital information we need to detox from our digital lives, deactivate our Facebook accounts and stop checking emails.
Read more “Digital Detox? As Every Yo-Yo Dieter Knows, Extreme Diets Will Always End In A Binge”

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In today’s digital world full of noise, competing technologies and time-zapping apps, the current generation of always-on Millennials are craving organisation.

We can already see how they are drowning in information overload; constantly checking into their social channels and using instant messaging systems for 24/7 communication.

Email is the premier form of online communication from Boomers to Gen Y using it and work and play, more recently alongside the slow spread of newer concepts such as Slack. Email usage figures prove this, with numbers of email accounts only set to grow – a predicted 5.59 billion by 2019 according to the Radicati Group (2015).

Read more “Will Generation Z be the death of email?”

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Whether it’s work or personal messages we’re viewing on our computers, smartphones or tablets, there’s no doubt communication overload is a global epidemic. Whether it be through email, social media sites or messaging platforms, we are always contactable, reachable and ‘on’.

One communication tool has taken the brunt of the blame for this overload of communication; email. New kids on the block like messaging services and social media sites have been quick to cash in on the idea that email is dying a death and we need to look for other ways to communicate online, and fast. And this is just wrong.

Read more “Has the world reached communication overload?”

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Are you a student with a passion for cutting edge technology?
Want to see how a startup operates from the inside?
Do you love fast-paced problem-solving?

What is it?
We invite you to take part in a weeklong challenge in 4th Office’s London headquarters at SecondHome. Working in teams of 3, successful applicants will be tasked with solving a real-world tech or programming problem, under the mentorship of the 4th Office team, including among others an ex-Google product manager and Microsoft and SAP engineers.

Read more “The 4th Office London Challenge”