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AskTen - Nine things you may not have noticed last week!

1. How to lead your team through uncertainty. We live in unprecedented times of uncertainty and change as organisations and teams experience fast-moving transformations like never before. During these times, great leaders think and act decisively and re-prioritise needs while setting an example for others in the team. READ MORE

2. UK's retirement costs increasing. The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) reports that a single person will need at least £31,300 a year in retirement in order to live moderately. The figure had been pushed up, the PLSA said, by the cost-of-living crisis. Meanwhile, new research this week found that the UK's state pension age will likely need to increase to 71, up from 66 currently. The International Longevity Centre's analysis shows the status quo is unsustainable, with fewer workers paying for more pensioners' benefits, which cost £136bn annually. BBC

3. Stay adaptable to succeed. Whether you're starting out in your career or looking for a new challenge, it's important to stay motivated and adaptable in an ever-changing market. One of the biggest trends expected to impact the hiring and recruiting landscape in 2024 is artificial intelligence. With the rapid rise of tools such as ChatGPT and increased workplace automation, it has never been more crucial for workers to continuously re-skill and up-skill to stay competitive and employable. But it's not just about technical abilities – soft skills will also be in demand. Employers want candidates who can combine technical expertise with uniquely human skills, such as creativity, empathy and communication. Contact us for help and support. Editor

4. 1 in 3 new retail CEOs women in 2023. Some 35% of retail CEO appointments in 2023 were women, accounting for 11 of 31 new bosses. While the total number of new retail bosses hired was down 25% year-on-year, three CEOs came from under-represented communities, up from just one in 2022. The research comes amid a growing number of high-profile female leaders stepping back from their roles, including H&M’s Helena Helmersson and John Lewis chair Sharon White. The majority of CEO seats that changed last year arose as a result of poor trading performance, ownership change or retirement. Retail Week

5. Younger people least likely to value work. Just 39% of young people in the UK agree with the statement that "in the long run, hard work usually brings a better life". Young Britons' lack of trust in social mobility is far behind that of any other developed Western nation according to the Financial Times's analysis of a World Values study. The analysis also shows it is far below the 60% of those aged 70 and over in the UK who agree with the statement. The Telegraph


6. UK real living wage under threat. Outsourcing firm Capita and brewer Brewdog both recently informed employees they would be dropping their commitment to the real living wage, an independently calculated rate aimed at ensuring the UK’s lowest-paid workers can afford basic necessities. Amid the rising cost of living, the last two years have seen 10% annual increases on the figure, which now stands at £12 an hour. According to a spokesperson from the Communications Workers Union, which is consulting those impacted at Capita, grounds that companies cannot afford to fund the real living wage are not good enough given the high salaries of their CEOs. The Guardian

7. Children's mental health referrals soar. The number of children being referred for emergency care at mental health services in England has jumped by more than 50% in three years, according to new data. The increase means more than 600 mentally ill children a week are "deteriorating to such a state that they have reached crisis point". The Royal College of Psychiatrists welcomed the government's announcement last year of an extra £5 million to improve access to existing early support hubs for people aged 11 to 25. The Guardian

8. Hottest January on record. Last month was the warmest January on record globally, according to the European Copernicus Climate Change Service. Worldwide, the average surface air temperature was 13.14C, 0.12C above the previous record set in 2020, and 1.66C higher than the pre-industrial average. Temperature records have been broken every month since June of last year. January of this year was both wetter and drier than average in much of Europe, with storms hitting many countries. The world surpassed 1.5C of warming above the pre-industrial average over the last year, a key threshold set by climate scientists. Above this, many countries begin to see more difficult impacts of climate change. Euronews

9. It wasn't all bad. Viagra, a drug famous for treating erectile dysfunction, may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, according to recent research. The study, which examined the health records of nearly 270,000 UK men diagnosed with erectile dysfunction from 2000 to 2017, revealed a significant association between phosphodiesterase Type 5 inhibitors (such as sildenafil, the generic name for Viagra) and a lower Alzheimer's risk. Men prescribed these medications exhibited an 18% reduced likelihood of Alzheimer's. Fortune

10. The bottom line. The number of cancer cases expected globally by 2050 will exceed 35M, according to new research from the World Health Organization (WHO). This represents a 77% increase in cancer rates from the 20 million cases that were diagnosed in 2022. For low-development countries, the WHO is predicting increased cancer rates of up to 142%. World Health Organization

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