2020 vision is a useless metaphor for far-sightedness in a number of ways

2020 vision is a useless metaphor for far-sightedness in a number of ways

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The year 2020 is a mere seven years away. Yet the designers of the future workplace and those who invite them to talk about it are still referring to it as if it marks the next frontier of human endeavour and as if we weren’t already up to our collective armpits in the 21st century. […]

Zero hours contracts: Are they really such bad news?

Zero hours contracts: Are they really such bad news?

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Zero hours contracts have hardly been out of the news in recent weeks. The overwhelming majority of the media coverage has been negative, suggesting that zero hours contracts are exploitative of workers and should be outlawed. The pressure gauge has risen to such an extent that, in September, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, announced that […]

Interview: Dave Coplin of Microsoft on Big Data, engagement and culture

Interview: Dave Coplin of Microsoft on Big Data, engagement and culture

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Dave Coplin joined Microsoft in 2005, and is now its Chief Envisioning Officer, helping to envision the full potential that technology offers a modern, digital society. He is a globally recognised expert on technological issues such Cloud computing, privacy, big data, social media, open government, advertising and the consumerisation of technology and is the author of […]

Working Time Directive – why the CBI calls for a permanent opt-out

Working Time Directive – why the CBI calls for a permanent opt-out

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The UK’s opt-out of the maximum 48 hour working week being proposed by the EU is yet again under the microscope. This follows the recent publication by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) of a report which highlights the frustration felt by UK businesses regarding the Working Time Directive. “Our Global Future: The Business Vision […]

Workplace Week highlights the changing shape of the office

Workplace Week highlights the changing shape of the office

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This year’s Workplace Week  which took place last week was a great success, with more people participating and more money raised for charity. Across the week, over 500 people took part, visiting innovative workplaces, attending the Workplace Week Convention or going along to one of the many Fringe events. Workplace Week is organised by Advanced Workplace […]

UK leads the world in talent, but it needs the right culture in which to thrive

UK leads the world in talent, but it needs the right culture in which to thrive

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We should never take the UK’s talent base for granted. According to a new report from Deloitte, when it comes to employment levels of people in knowledge based jobs in high skill sectors such as digital media, banking, legal services, software development, telecoms and publishing, London is comfortably the world’s leading city. The study found […]

Looking back on a year in which the office sought a clearer sense of identity

Looking back on a year in which the office sought a clearer sense of identity

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It’s not often that workplace management becomes national business news but that happened at the end of February when  the world became very interested for a while in the way we design and manage offices. The reason for this was the decision by Yahoo to ban homeworking for staff at its headquarters.  The resultant period […]

The journey to get more Women on Boards is one worth taking

The journey to get more Women on Boards is one worth taking

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There has been so much written lately about women on boards and what is holding women back from becoming board members. The evidence highlights that gender diverse companies are less volatile, have a higher ROA and a lower employee turnover rate, yet this still seems not to have spurred on employers to take up the board equality […]

Technology fix. What employers can do when social media becomes an addiction

Technology fix. What employers can do when social media becomes an addiction

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Recent research shows that technology has helped us to become nearly five times more productive than we were in the 1970s. As well as enabling social interaction and personal expression, social media such as LinkedIn and Twitter can be valuable business aids for innovation and collaboration. However, with over half of people under 25 admitting […]

There is very little about flexible working that is actually flexible

There is very little about flexible working that is actually flexible

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It’s pretty clear why some of the world’s greatest writers have been drawn to the human propensity for moral and linguistic inversions and subversions. Books like 1984, Catch 22 and A Clockwork Orange are predicated on the idea. And it’s not one limited to literature. If we look, we can see it going on all […]

IT managers yet to accept the whole challenge presented to them by BYOD

IT managers yet to accept the whole challenge presented to them by BYOD

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How exactly does an employee’s convenience trump an organisation’s need for control? That’s the debate corporations are facing when it comes to managing the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ trend. BYOD allows employees to use their personal mobile products for business. In 2012, IBM decided a majority of their workforce could use their own phones and […]

What the endless debate about HS2 can teach us about how we work

What the endless debate about HS2 can teach us about how we work

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One of the most fascinating aspects of the debate about whether the UK should spend £50 billion (or whatever you think it might be) on the new HS2 rail network, is the way in which it has formed a touchstone for a discussion about how we work. But people on both sides of this debate […]

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