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Are you cobot ready?

Steve Jobs once said, “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” In the manufacturing industry, collaborative robots are joining the team to achieve even greater things. Contributor Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director - EU Automation. Collaborative robots, commonly known as cobots, make up just three percent  of all robot sales worldwide, according to a report by the International Federation of Robotics and Loup Ventures. However, awareness of their benefits for manufacturers is increasing and it’s expected that, by 2025, the sales of cobots will have jumped to 34 percent  of all robot sales.

Article by: Jonathan Wilkins | Published: 16 May 2018


Power towards the positive

Whisper it, but things may just be moving in a more positive direction for employee engagement. Contributor Dr Paul Brewerton, Managing Director - Strengths Partnership. For the last three years, the CIPD has reported a small year on year increase in job satisfaction amongst UK employees across all sectors, modest in the private sector and more marked in the public sector. While overall, net satisfaction (calculated by subtracting the dissatisfied 16 percent from the satisfied 64 percent) hovers around 48 percent, this has increased from a low of just 40 percent two years ago (CIPD, 2017).

Article by: Dr Paul Brewerton | Published: 16 May 2018

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‘Optimal office’ productivity gains could unlock UK productivity

The United Kingdom could reshape its economic future and unlock its share of £39.8 billion in untapped GDP if organisations were to optimise their workplaces, according to a new study by Ricoh and Oxford Economics, titled ‘The Economy of People’. Contributor Phil Keoghan, CEO - Ricoh UK and Ireland. The UK could achieve a 1.8 percent increase in GDP, equal to £36.8 billion, which could pay for the cost of Brexit twice with change to spare.[i]Similarly, the Irish economy could expand by 1.0 percent, or £3 billion, if businesses commit to creating the optimal office.

Article by: Phil Keoghan | Published: 15 May 2018


Nurturing executives for long term success

Successful leaders are the sum of many parts, and successful leadership teams are the result of a combination of complementary sums that play to individual and team strengths. Contributor By Dr Andy Brown, CEO – ENGAGE. Nurturing these strengths is critical, not just at key business moments, but using a sustained, long-term approach that allows teams to evolve to meet new challenges, and to support seamless succession planning. Leadership nurturing can be addressed in a number of ways, but most critically businesses needs to focus on:

Article by: Dr Andy Brown | Published: 15 May 2018


Is the HR team the key to GDPR compliance?

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to significantly raise the standards for the processing of personal data in the European Union (EU). After May 25, 2018, every business will be impacted by GDPR and failure to comply with the regulation will result in costly penalties of 4 percent of global annual turnover or €20 million, whichever value is greater.

Article by: Nigel Crockford | Published: 14 May 2018


Why Employees are the Key to Organisational Compliance

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that can get an organisation into compliance trouble. Take the Australian government, which sold off old office equipment to a secondhand shop, not realising that some filing cabinets held ten years of top secret cabinet discussions between five governments. Needless to say this shouldn’t have happened, and was an easily avoidable mistake.

Article by: Kim Lessley | Published: 14 May 2018


Talent Retention: the Gold Star of Successful HR

Talent retention is, quite simply, the most cost-saving service a human resources team can deliver in an organisation. Staff are your company’s most precious resource and retaining experienced employees is crucial to its success. Retaining talent saves time, money and managerial effort in respect of...

Article by: Samantha Hulson | Published: 13 May 2018


Combatting presenteeism in the workplace

Workplace ‘presenteeism’ is a growing obstacle for employers in 2018. Although employers may theoretically be pleased that their employees are choosing to attend work instead of staying at home due to sickness, its negative effects are now becoming increasingly clear.

Article by: David Price | Published: 13 May 2018


Merging Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain Technology

 One of the biggest challenges marketers face today is customer acquisition and retention. The key to both acquiring new customers and retaining current customers is possessing the critical data that can help you, one, communicate effectively with the highest qualified contact possible and, two, further identify the needs of your current customers to foster long-term loyalty.

Article by: Adam Mittelberg | Published: 12 May 2018


Motivating Employees with Top Retail Trends

Every day more and more people tell Alexa to turn on the TV, play their favorite music or read them the news. It all seems so simple. Don’t you just wish it was that easy for Alexa to motivate your employees on your command? Maybe it is… Contributor Kate Devlin.

Article by: Kate Devlin | Published: 12 May 2018