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What can the rugby world cup teach businesses about collaboration?

For me, this comment perfectly highlights the importance of collaboration to the success of any team – whether in sport or business. And, given the many parallels in team dynamics between sport and modern organisations, there are a number of lessons the rugby world cup can teach businesses about collaboration. 

Article by: Dr Austin Swain | Published: 4 December 2019

Bravery is key to line manager empowerment

Over the last decade, views about the traditional nine-to-five have altered dramatically. Thanks to automation, work that once took days to complete can now be done within minutes and the introduction of new working practices, like flexible working, have helped to shape the office environment and its culture. Some businesses have started to embrace a number of ‘work perk’ practices such as flexible and remote working.

Article by: James Stewart | Published: 3 December 2019

Engagement is the key to the productivity puzzle 

In June 2011, after a ten-year study, the Harvard Business Review (in partnership with the LSE, McKinsey and Stanford University) announced that the USA was the best-managed country in the world. This was not a reference to the Obama administration but a critique of how businesses are run. The US, we were told, has better managers than its fellow G7 states. 

Article by: Stuart Hearn | Published: 2 December 2019

Under Pressure: The Darker Side of Black Friday

Of course, high pressure, peak seasonal periods don’t help matters and next on the agenda is Black Friday, arguably one of the most stressful weekends in the annual retail calendar and not just for bargain hungry shoppers influenced by FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).  

Article by: Kylie Mansfield | Published: 28 November 2019

There may be turbulence…

Thousands of leaders have taken Herb Kelleher’s advice, more or less successfully, depending on the single-mindedness with which they have followed it and have hung the heavy mantle of responsibility for commercial competitiveness around HR’s shoulders.

Article by: Jean-Marie Dru | Published: 28 November 2019

Breaking the glass ceiling in procurement

However, the future is starting to look more positive. According to a recent survey of over 300 CPOs in the US, Europe and Asia across 14 industries, 60 percent of the respondents stated that there were more women in their organisation compared to three years ago and only six percent said that the number has decreased.

Article by: Allison Ford-Langstaff | Published: 26 November 2019

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Employers must encourage staff health declarations before business travel

When sending staff abroad for work, employers need to ensure they have processes in place to collect up-to-date health records from their employees, to ensure the latest heath profile is available. Failure to depict an accurate picture of current health could result in potentially avoidable emotional and financial distress. 

Article by: Sarah Dennis | Published: 24 November 2019

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How to work remote from the office, but not people

The world of work is changing. Where the office 9-5 once ruled, working from cafes, airports or homes is now commonplace. Powered by messaging apps and collaboration tools, projects can be coordinated across the world all from behind a computer screen.

Article by: Guzman de Yarza Blanche | Published: 21 November 2019