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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

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Will self-directed training shape the future workforce?

Emerging technologies and trends are making it far easier for businesses to maintain agile workforces. From smartphone-based training apps to virtual classrooms and distance learning solutions, all have brought the opportunity to strengthen workforces with consistent, effective training within even the most dispersed global organisations.

Article by: Samantha Caine | Published: 22 April 2018

The perils of a Superiority complex

Whether we choose to admit it out loud or not, many of us experience that little flutter of delight when we think we’re better at something than our colleagues. That’ll be the superiority then. But before you go and hang your head in shame, we want to delve a little deeper into what makes us think we’re superior to others, and whether it’s always as bad as it sounds.

Article by: Paul Russell | Published: 13 March 2018

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Why the workforce is changing

Successfully onboarding and retaining employees can be a challenge for HR departments. With such a high departure rate, HR departments are investing more time and effort into onboarding and retention strategies. When someone leaves, it costs the firm money.  Investment in retention can return dividends over a relatively short period of time. 

Article by: Steve Wainwright | Published: 7 March 2018

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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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Providing duty of care for a globally mobile workforce

Although duty of care may be engrained in many organisations’ policies and processes for dealing with risks in the workplace, this becomes far more complex when that workplace could literally be anywhere in the world. So how do you ensure that you’re providing adequate duty of care for those under your global care remit?

Article by: Matthew Judge | Published: 10 February 2018

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Why the workplace is changing

Areas such as onboarding, retention and employee nurturing need to change to appeal to the modern worker, a term that encompasses all of these generations. Rather than focusing on specific age groups, those organisations focusing on the needs of the modern learner will be best positioned to meet the challenges of the future.

Article by: Steve Wainwright | Published: 28 January 2018

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Why your workforce isn’t working

UK employers plough money into quirky benefits but 52 percent of employees see office games as a distraction. Almost half of UK employees (46 percent) have never been asked by their employer what makes a positive working experience.

Article by: Paul Burrin | Published: 23 October 2017

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What employees expect from work

They exist in a fast-paced world, and their work expectations aren’t much different – they want a career that offers variety and quick progression.

Article by: John Williams | Published: 11 October 2017

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Why is shared parental leave not being taken?

Partly due to the cultural stigma of taking time off work, as pace of change accelerates, just 8,700 new parents took advantage of the Shared Parental Leave system in 2016/17* making up less than one percent of the number of parents eligible, according to research by EMW, the commercial law firm. Comment Jon Taylor, Principal - EMW.

Article by: EMW | Published: 20 September 2017