Tag Archives: productivity

“Good work”?

Yesterday, Matthew Taylor launched his  “Review of Modern Working Practices”.   Commissioned by the UK government this was specifically to report on the so-called ‘gig economy’ and zero hours contracts.  This link takes you to the Royal Society of Arts … Continue reading

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Beyond the hype of i4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution

KPMG have produced a 24 page report that seeks to separate the rhetoric from the reality of the so-called fourth industrial revolution.   It “offers a realistic perspective on the current state of i4.0 adoption and readiness across the market…. based … 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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“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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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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Trends in the mining industry for 2017

We do not often blog about mining sector, so I was interested to see this report and video from Deloittes.  What struck me was that many of the ten key trends are similar to those facing many other sectors: “unlocking productivity … Continue reading

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Machines replacing people – big time

This tweet by McKinsey Global Institute took me to this article – “In Europe’ 5 largest economies, 54 million workers and $1.7 trillion in wages are associated with activities that could be automated”.  This infographic summarises the key areas. sector-automation

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Managing performance in the UK hotel industry – productivity, multi-skilling & migrant labour

Earlier this week I co-chaired a one day conference centred around an ESRC research project conducted by former colleagues at the University of Surrey.  This research had used data from a cloud-based labour scheduling system* used by two mide-scale hotel … Continue reading

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Healthcare provision may be more efficient than we think

Measuring productivity is always more challenging than it might appear.   The concept is simple to state – it’s the relationship between inputs and outputs.  But identifying all the inputs and outputs is not always easy, nor is actually measuring … Continue reading

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Flexible offices that respond to activity-based working (ABW)

We’ve blogged before about alternative designs of office space, but this blog is about creating the idea of a flexible office (as opposed to a flexible factory).  In this article, Saint-Amand, CEO of CLG, explains how his company’s new office … Continue reading

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