Also in the news this week - 4 November 2016

Do your junior staff need cheering up?

Some 62% of junior staff think they deserve a higher wage and 46% feel overworked, according to a survey by Office Genie. After monetary rewards such as pay rises (75%) and bonuses (32%), key workplace motivators for young employees include flexible hours (32%) and a shorter working week (25%). Getting "more praise" is also important to 23% of junior staff - more than any other level of seniority.

Google plans new mobile search index

Google is planning to create a new mobile index that will become its primary index; a separate desktop index will be updated less frequently. News of the development came during a keynote address being given by Google's Gary Illyes at Pubcon but he gave very few details about how it will work, except to say that it could happen within months. Google has increasingly focused on mobile-friendly websites over the past few years and has signalled its interest in improving mobile search with its involvement in the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project.

Get ready for the new £1 coin

The Government has launched a new campaign to ensure retailers and businesses are ready for the new 12-sided £1 coin. Billed as the most secure coin of its kind in the world, the new coin comes into circulation in March 2017. The New Pound Coin website has advice and materials to help businesses prepare. All cash-handling businesses should check whether they operate equipment that handles the £1 coin, such as vending machines, and find out if they need to make any adaptations or upgrades.

The entrepreneurial dreams of Generation Z

Four in ten (39%) of the UK's so-called Generation Z - 16-25 year-olds - have ambitions to run their own business according to new research by Opinium Research. And 51% of those are hoping to get their enterprise up and running by the time they are in their late twenties. Money is not the main motivating factor, however. While, 46% say they want to make lots of money, 61% say they want to be their own boss so that they can make something of their own and 54% are looking for more flexible working hours.

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