Archive for April, 2016

5 Things Every Perfect Bedroom Has

Trying to make the perfect bedroom isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but with this guide it should become a little easier. Here are five perfect things that every bedroom has. Each will add together to make a room that is cosy, functional and comfortable. Read on to find out more.

Number 1: Blackout blinds

The last thing you want in the morning is to be woken up earlier than needs be. You might have ensured that you aren’t disturbed by sound by having double or triple glazing installed. Or you might keep earplugs on the bedside table. But what about being disturbed by light. Use black-out blinds. Don’t think this means they have to be black. You can get some that are black on the back but white or coloured on the front. This means that it doesn’t have to affect the design of the rest of the room.

Number 2: Seating

It’s always a good idea to have a place to sit in the bedroom other your bed. If you want to sit down and have a chat or read a book, it means you can do this in the bedroom without needing to get into bed. Seating is also useful for things like putting on socks and shoes! Go for an armchair if you love to read before bed. Or pick a bench that doubles up as a storage box. Alternatively, go for something a little more unique, like a deckchair.

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Number 3: A comfortable bed

The main part of a comfortable bed is a great mattress. There are different types, though; Soft, medium or firm. How do you choose the best mattress? Look for guides online to find out the different things you might want to consider. Did you know that you weight can have an effect on the type of mattress you need?

Number 4: A full-length mirror

Unless you have a walk-in wardrobe or keep your clothes in another room, you’ll usually be getting dressed in your bedroom. Keep a full-length mirror in your bedroom, rather than a smaller one. This means you are able to see your outfit for the day clearly. Mirrors are also fantastic at increasing the feel of space in the room. If you put your mirror near a window, it will also increase the amount of light. Handy!

Number 5: Colour

One of the best rooms in the house for a pop of colour is undoubtedly the bedroom. It adds a real vibrancy to enjoy as you’re falling asleep and waking up. Colours can really set the mood in a bedroom too. Blues and greens are great at helping you fall and sleep, for example. Meanwhile, yellows and oranges are good for adding a sense of warmth.

A good way of adding colour to your bedroom is through your finishings. Painting a wall or installing coloured carpets makes for a long-term commitment. It also means that you can’t change the colour up as the seasons pass. Instead, add colour through things like your cushions or throws.

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Get the Money You Deserve From your Redundancy!

Redundancy is a word that most people fear, especially in a time in which finding a new position may not be as easy as it once was. Although there is generally some warning given to workers facing redundancy, it is quite often the case that those in senior management positions are released arbitrarily and with little warning. This more arbitrary dismissal is often accompanied by a larger package that is enough to prevent too much in the way of complaint.

Yet it is not a well-known fact that at whatever level you work, you are not obliged to take the first offer that is made to you. The first step should always be to take advice, as you will be in a better negotiating position if you know where you stand from a legal perspective. A directory of specialists is held by the Employment Lawyers Association, who will be able to direct you to a lawyer in your area who will talk you through your options.

Make a Noise

Although you may not be able to reverse the decision to make you redundant, the old maxim that the squeaky wheel gets the oil holds true. Being a pain in the managerial neck can really pay off, especially as all the time that you are using delaying tactics, you will still be receiving salary cheques. The longer it looks as if the management are going to have to keep you on whilst matters are dealt with through the correct channels, the more likely they are to increase your offer, just to get you out of the way! Of course, you must be prepared to accept that they could offer to keep you on after all on the same terms, or may offer you alternative employment.

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Protect Your Options

A lot of management positions come with share options and these options can be forfeit if you leave the company for reasons other than redundancy, retirement, death or ill-health. It is not beyond some companies to accuse staff of poor performance in order to reduce the termination package and make them forfeit their share options. Challenging such as decision may help to preserve these options.

Redundancy does not have to be a harbinger of doom in the world of employment. Using some of these delaying tactics and ensuring that you receive a good offer and retain the benefits that you were entitled to can mean that you are in a comfortable position when your employment is finally ended. Many people have taken the opportunity to change careers at this time, particularly if there was something that they had always want to do but they could never afford the time to re-train. If you suspect that redundancy is being considered for your position, first seek legal advice and then work out exactly what it is you wish to achieve in the future. It could turn out to be the best thing that has ever happened to you.

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