Category Archives: Chap 11 Jobs and people

‘1 million for work flexibility’

In the UK there has been much debate about the so-called gig economy, zero hours contracts, and flexible working.  I have blogged about how it is perceived to be undesirable by some politicians, employers and trades unions here in the … Continue reading

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The impact of Brexit on the UK labour market as it relates to the hospitality industry

We talk about the importance of understanding the labour market and its impact on managing employees on pages 282 to 284 of our book.  Currently the UK government’s decision to trigger Article 50 in order to leave the EU has resulted … Continue reading

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“Stressful dead end jobs are bad for productivity”

In his tenth annual lecture as Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Matthew Taylor reflected on the quality of work in the UK.  Taylor’s views are of interest because he was appointed by the government … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Mulesoft’s organisational culture

This is how the people who work in Mulesoft see themselves… It provides a great insight into their organisational culture and how it relates to the goals of the organisation.   You get to see the staff’s average age, the … Continue reading

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Loss control in the construction industry, but applicable to all sectors

I occasionally check to see what topics and/or industry sectors I’ve not blogged about recently – just to ensure the subject matter of our book is reflected in this blog.  That is how I came across this article on loss … Continue reading

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Groupthink revisited

I recently blogged about brainstorming and how some people found it difficult.  This reminded me about ‘Groupthink’.  This term was coined by Janis in 1972 when he published a book with this title.  It refers to poor decision-making that arise … Continue reading

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“Being engaged at work is not the same as being productive”…

Very interesting article in the Harvard Business Review by Fuller and Shikaloff.  They examine the idea that employees with high ‘engagement’ will be more productive than those not engaged.  The identify one major problem to begin – namely that operators … Continue reading

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Working in the gig economy

The so-called ‘gig economy’ has been in the news a lot just recently.  This BBC News webpage provides a good overview of what this means, and reports on some of the recent court cases brought by unhappy ‘self-employed workers’.   … Continue reading

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madeherenow.com

Sponsored by a number of British manufacturing companies,  the madeherenow website has been set up to encourage young people to think of a career in the manufacturing sector.  It has a wide range of resources both for teachers and for … Continue reading

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A stitch in time…?

Interesting article on The Manufacturer website about the shortage of skilled workers in the UK textile industry.  This is likely to become worse as the sector is expected to create 15,000 new jobs by 2020. To overcome this problem, a … Continue reading

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