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The independent workforce is the backbone of the UK economy

Today’s workplace is looking very different and those companies and services that embrace the independent workforce and make it a part of their HR strategies will be at a competitive advantage. The gig economy was on the rise even prior to COVID-19 lockdowns and massive layoffs. As businesses had no other option than to adopt remote working and work from home policies, going forward, more and more companies will rely on contingent workforce and freelancers.

Article by Julia Kermode 5 March 2021

   

Driving agility in HR to plan for an uncertain future

In this time of uncertainty, having the agility to make these decisions at the right time has become critical to managing a workforce. But, the question in many HR leaders’ minds is: how do I plan in an agile way to respond to any event, from the predictable to the unlikely?

Article by Alex Bell 5 March 2021

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What the HR industry can learn from the Graves Value System

The world is becoming overly complex and confusing. Mission-critical challenges like politics, the climate emergency, and the leadership crisis create much distorted noise that causes us to miss opportunities to come together. The challenges of the 21st century can only be tackled in one way: together!

Article by Rhys Photis 5 March 2021

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How to hire successfully into a professional services firm

Hiring successfully into a professional services firm is a specialised task. Every sector has its own unique challenges and characteristics, but those in the professional services industries require a particularly expert response. Why is this? The success of professional services firms relies heavily on the quality of their client facing employees. Any advantage in securing the very best talent will result in a competitive edge. The efficiency and effectiveness of the talent acquisition process is more distinct in professional services than in most other sectors.

Article by 4 March 2021

   

Covid-19 – an accelerator for workplace wellbeing transformation

2020 has been the year of unprecedented change. Millions forced into self isolation, wearing face masks in public places and social distancing from family members. This year has definitely taken its toll and many people’s mental health has suffered as a result. As the CEO of the workplace experience provider District Technologies, it has made me reflect on the importance of focus on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and how technological solutions can help.

Article by Lee Butz 3 March 2021

   

Restoring the Human Touch in Manufacturing Operations Post-COVID-19

Automation is about enabling people with information. Expect greater use of remote technologies to help staff collaborate across locations and leverage expertise from across the business without having to physically interact. The shift towards remote support will also bring changes to how companies work with their customers, reinventing onboarding procedures and making them even more responsive to end-user issues...

Article by John Condon 3 March 2021

   

Digitalisation cannot replace human skills

The technical and business skills are there in the background. Our real challenge – and the area for significant upskilling – sits in the ‘inter-personal’ skills quadrant. Boring repetitive tasks can be delegated to AI and automation, but ‘soft’ skills are an area we should be focusing if we want to be truly relevant to our clients.

Article by Mark PERRY 2 March 2021

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Understanding the Complexities of Innovation for Gaining a Competitive Edge in the Digital Age

There was a time when product cycles could be easily segregated in terms of distinct stages from Conception to Obsolescence that enabled top/senior management to strategize on a long-term basis with the benefit of ‘slack time’ that allowed for ‘reflective pause’ on honest missteps and resolute course corrections without jeopardizing the organizational integrity.

Article by 25 February 2021