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Bringing home the Bacon quote | Print – Issue 160 | Article of the Week

'Knowledge is power’ opined Sir Francis Bacon. When a piece of wisdom goes back that far, it becomes embedded in our thinking. Knowledge needs to grow organically, within and across an organisation, as well as within individuals themselves. Businesses cannot afford to lose the knowledge advantage when employees ‘walk out the door’.

Article by: Katie Taylor | Published: 21 February 2018

good

Mind the gap: Are you really as good as you think you are?

The research revealed the existence of a cognitive bias of illusory superiority, where people judge themselves as better than others in all manner of areas, e.g. leadership, skills, performance. Sequel studies tested and validated the hypothesis "that people, at all performance levels, are equally poor at estimating their relative performance".

Article by: Ally Yates | Published: 20 February 2018

efficiency

The internal brand – the answer to greater efficiency?

When it comes to tackling productivity and efficiency within an organisation, attention often turns to system and process-driven overhauls to instigate positive change. However, when a global manufacturing brand sought to bring about performance improvements, they acknowledged the need to create an innovative new internal brand.

Article by: Lesley Gulliver | Published: 20 February 2018

women

Equal opportunity for men and women: where do we start?

In recent years businesses have made a lot of progress in closing the gender gap. Women now account for about 40 per cent of the total global workforce and are taking more leadership positions. There are also far less limitations on the type of job that women can have.

Article by: Aliya Vigor-Robertson | Published: 19 February 2018

neurodiversity

Understanding Neurodiversity

Just 1 in 10 organisations say consideration of neurodiversity is included in their people management practices, despite around 10% of the UK population being neurodivergent in some way, according to a poll of HR professionals from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.

Article by: Jill Miller | Published: 19 February 2018

knowledge

Effective Knowledge Management

How can you most effectively develop a knowledge sharing culture that supports collaboration and enhances relations and the effective transfer of knowledge? What is the best approach to eradicate siloed working, and build a culture of transparency and the broadest contribution?

Article by: Nick Gold | Published: 18 February 2018

vendor

A strategic approach to vendor selection

Selecting and/or changing employee benefit vendors is a daunting task that brings up a lot of questions, e.g. What if something goes wrong; Is a new vendor really going to be any better; How do I keep this from turning into a time-draining headache; etc.? Contributor Sam Salbi - FitLyfe

Article by: Sam Salbi | Published: 17 February 2018

businesses

The Secret Behind why Businesses Fail

There is undoubtedly a vast range of reasons why businesses fail, from a lack of funds to insufficient market research, however arguably the most striking reason comes from problems within the business, namely the people. If a business is cofounded, one of the most common reasons for failure stems from differences between the cofounders.

Article by: Jana Nevrlka | Published: 17 February 2018

work

Five key drivers shaping the world of work

The world of work has undergone massive changes in the last decade. People have gone from having a job for life to frequent industry hopping and freelancing. Jobs that were once manual have been transformed by computers and automation and the way we do both complex and simple tasks has dramatically changed.

Article by: John Marshall | Published: 16 February 2018

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Cybersecurity – the weakest link

The quarterly report tracks IT jobs and salaries advertised within five technology disciplines (Big Data, Cloud, IT Security, Mobile, and Web Development), and across 10 UK cities. Permanent IT Security salaries rose by 4 percent this year, indicating that despite the demand drop, businesses are still willing to pay a premium for more specialist security professionals.

Article by: Martin Ewings | Published: 16 February 2018