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Issue Date:- 8 September 2008

Employees are happiest in small businesses

EMPLOYEES in small businesses are the most satisfied at work, new statistics have revealed.  The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has backed a report on satisfaction levels in the UK workplace by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) this week.  While the TUC highlighted the low morale amongst one in four of the UK's workforce, the poll run by YouGov for the TUC also revealed the high levels of satisfaction amongst employees of small businesses.

The 'What Workers Want' survey of 2,500 employees included over 600 who work in the UK's smallest businesses.  As well as the highest job satisfaction rate (21% strongly agreeing and 41% tending to agree), small business employees were also the most committed (64% ) and loyal (58%) to their organisations.  Employees in small firms also felt most engaged by their employer and reported the most freedom to choose their working patterns.  There were also far fewer reports of bullying in small businesses; lower stress levels and less complaints about long working hours.

Paul Henly, FSB policy manage for the North West, said:- "We are concerned that 6 million people are unhappy in work, but the TUC figures suggest that 18 million are happy, the vast majority of which appear to be in small firms.  In terms of the way they treat their staff, small businesses consistently out perform their bigger competitors.  The figures really do speak for themselves, but they aren't surprising.  Small business owners know their greatest asset is their staff and they are far more likely to treat them as individuals and recognise their needs.  By having a committed and loyal work force that has a say in how the organisation is run, the smallest business has a bigger advantage.  We are really pleased to see these figures which bust many of the myths around small business employment.  We thank the TUC for their enlightening study which comes ahead of their annual conference next week in Brighton."

Cosmetic appointments on the rise as credit crunch continues

CREDIT crunch workers are undergoing cosmetic treatments over fears their appearance is holding them back at work.

Consultant vascular surgeon Brian Newman, who runs clinics specialising in the minimally-intrusive treatment of spider and vein threads as well as facial redness, said he has seen a surge in patients keen to change their appearance to avoid discrimination.

He added:- “Rosacea and thread veins on the face can knock sufferers’ confidence and sadly, there are misconceptions about the cause of face reddening.  I’ve treated patients who are worried colleagues will mistake a red nose as a sign of alcoholism and others who are concerned their acne-like rosacea is a sign of poor diet and health.  In our image conscious times, poor self confidence can hold people back from achieving their full potential at work.”

Dr Newman pioneered thermocoagulation, which uses microwave technology, as a way of eliminating thread veins and rosacea and said his bookings have increased dramatically during the credit crunch.

He said:- “Appointments are up by 60% at the Clinics.  It has been well documented that people invest in themselves in times of economic instability, and we are definitely seeing evidence of this.

Workers are nervous about their future career prospects and are taking steps to make sure they are not overlooked because of their personal appearance.”

Treatments can be carried out during a lunch hour, but more than one treatment may be necessary.

Dr Newman operates clinics in Glasgow, Harley Street and Greater Manchester

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