May’s monthly round up.

Does your company have a dress policy – or is it old hat? Are your employees too stressed to work? Do you love or hate networking? We have rounded up some fascinating stories from May to help you understand what’s occurring in the business landscape.

Whether we like it or not, a person’s appearance affects their success at work. When an employee looks unkempt or wears revealing clothing, they may have a harder time gaining their colleagues’ or customers’ respect. But how do you broach what feels like a sensitive topic? And how can you frame the feedback as trying to help them — not make them feel self-conscious?

read more at HBR

Extroverts have it easy. Bounding around, joining the conversation with ease, getting to know people, making connections. They love networking. They live for it and being good at it is fantastic for business.  But what about the rest of us?

read more at International Business Festival

One in seven SME employees admit to feigning illness and taking at least three bogus sick days off each year in order to cope with a culture which expects them to be available all the time

read more at Workplace Insight

Is an accelerator program right for your business? For some, they’re a fast track to success, but accelerators involve commitment and sacrifice

read more at The Guardian

So much of our lives are spent in front of screens now that we often forget that the quickest way to get an answer sometimes is to pick up the phone.  While much can be done online and some benchmarking can be automated, a one-on-one conversation with a customer is still often the best way to get the type of answers that can have an effect on your business.

read more at Inc