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Publication date:- 2017-05-19

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Liverpool is home to some of Britain's worst bosses

NEW data from the UK's leading independent job site, CV Library, has found that 86.4% of workers in Liverpool have had a bad leader, the 2nd highest of any other City in the UK.

The survey, which asked 1,200 UK workers about their experiences of leadership in the workplace, found that some of the worst traits of bad bosses in Liverpool included:- being unprofessional (52.6%), poor communication skills (38.6%), favouring certain employees (36.8%), having unclear expectations (26.3%) and thinking they're better than everyone else (23.7%). Other key findings from the research include:-

A staggering 93.2% think that strong leadership is important in the workplace.

…with 77.3% stating that they enjoy following a leader.

BUT, bad leadership can cause employees to become de-motivated, according to 30.8% of workers in Liverpool.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV Library , comments on the findings:- "Bad management is often cited as the top reasons for employees becoming stressed at work or worse still, leaving organisations altogether, so it's no surprise that our findings highlight some of the repercussions that poor leadership can bring about. Workers want to feel supported in their day to day job, and often depend on a strong leader to look up to, approach if things get tough and rely on for help on a daily basis. Organisations across the City that don't promote best practice when it comes to leadership will inevitably bear the brunt when it comes to talent retention."

According to the study, a whopping 72.7% of employees living in Liverpool believe that they'd make a good leader, with the key reasons behind this including:- because they're approachable (28.1%), are confident (21.8%), are good at communicating (15.6%) and are a good motivator (12.5%).

Biggins continues:- "Workers in Liverpool clearly understand some of the key attributes that are needed to be an excellent leader, having experienced firsthand some of the best and worst traits that bosses possess. Finding great leaders can be hard, and local businesses should look to develop employees that demonstrate the passion, drive and behaviour that is needed to drive organisations forward in 2017 and beyond."

The research found that the best leadership qualities were: confidence (52.3%), open mindedness (40.9%), honesty (36.4%), positivity (31.8%), passion (29.5%), motivational (27.3%), trustworthiness (20.5%).

Find out more about CV Library at online.

Innovative voting passport to help disabled people to vote in Liverpool

NATIONAL social care provider Dimensions have created an innovative new document which will help polling stations become more accessible for people with learning disabilities and autism.

A voting passport is an easyread A4 sheet of paper printed with information about the individuals' voting needs. It is designed to be handed to polling staff so they easily can understand the reasonable adjustments needed to make them feel more comfortable to vote.

The idea was created after feedback from the people we support, including members of the Dimensions Council, indicated that polling stations can be a difficult environment for people with autism and/or learning disabilities to cast their vote.

Jordan, a member of the Council, was recently interviewed on BBC Ouch discussing the issues he faced when he first went to vote in 2005.

Jordan has mild learning disabilities and cerebral palsy. He was turned away from the polling station as he had a family member supporting him to read the candidates' names, and information within the polling station and booth.

The Presiding Officer said that his family member:- "wasn't allowed to come in and caused such a scene that Jordan's anxiety levels grew to a level where the only option was for him to leave." As a result, he never got to cast his vote in the 2005 general election.

The document itself hopes to tackle issues like this head on. It includes an "About me" section with the person's name and a list of things to help them to vote, for example, no waiting in long queues; staying with their support worker.

It also allows them to write who they would like support from, their name and if they are eligible to vote in the UK or, if not, that they will need to work with the Presiding Officer to support them.

On the back of the document is a section called:- "Know my rights" which includes extracts from the Mental CapaCity Act (2005), Electoral Administration Act (2006) and Equality Act (2010) to bedunk common myths about people with learning disabilities and autism's right to vote.

It also explains:- "What other people can do" e.g explain the ballot options, come into the polling booth, and what other people can't do e.g make a decision for you, mark the ballot paper against your wishes.

The voting passport forms part of a wider campaign by Dimensions called Love Your Vote. The campaign is all around helping people with learning disabilities and autism to become more politically engaged.

More choice for paying cash to the Council

RESIDENTS wanting to pay for Council services in cash will be able to do so at more than 400 locations across the City, in a change that is designed to provide more modern and efficient payment options to customers.

Payment kiosks in the City Centre One Stop Shop at Municipal Buildings are being removed in July 2017, with customers able to use the City's 57 Post Offices or 348 PayPoint outlets in local shops instead.

As well as being more convenient for customers, it will also save the City Council more than ₤35,000 a year in transaction costs.

Regular users of the payment kiosks will shortly see signs adjacent to the machines to inform them about the changes. Communication will also be sent directly to cash paying customers and information will also be provided on the Council's website.

Assistant Director for Revenues and Benefits, Martin Jungnitz, said:- "This is about offering people the option to pay for Council services at a place that is more convenient to them, rather than expecting them to come into the City Centre. We are taking steps to let those who will be affected know in good time to enable them to plan for the changes."

The One Stop Shop at Municipal Buildings is due to move to a new location at St John's Market in the City Centre in October, following the recent sale of the building.

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