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European employees “hugely optimistic” about 2017

2016 was a turbulent year politically and economically. Despite that, employees across Europe are overwhelmingly positive that their businesses will succeed in 2017. Comment from David Mills, CEO of Ricoh Europe.

Contributor: David Mills | Published: 27 February 2017

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APSCo gives evidence at Independent Review of Employment Practices

APSCo, the only recruitment trade body chosen to speak at first evidence session set up by Prime Minister. Professional contractors need to be differentiated from broader gig economy and employment Status should not be driven by tax law. Tania Bowers, General Counsel at APSCo.

Contributor: Tania Bowers | Published: 22 February 2017

How favourite TV shows influence career choices

Our best-loved telly characters are shaping our choice of job says a new report, with millions of Brits admitting they make career decisions based on their favourite programmes. Comment from Ed Fletcher, CEO of Fletchers Solicitors.

Contributor: Ed Fletcher | Published: 20 February 2017

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Half UK employees don’t feel valued

According to research released today, job satisfaction and employee engagement are not doing well at UK large businesses - and both line managers and executive teams have to share the blame. It found that less than half of employees (43 percent) say they feel valued for their contribution to the business. Comment from Richard Webley, MD - Dragonfish.

Contributor: Richard Webley | Published: 19 February 2017

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Cost, risk and digital top priorities to improve growth

Cost reduction and managing risk top the list of procurement leaders’ business priorities in 2017, according to Deloitte’s annual global Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) survey. Comment from Lance Younger, UK head of sourcing & procurement.

Contributor: Lance Younger | Published: 13 February 2017

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Geoffroy De Lestrange at Learning Technologies 2017 discusses HR’s evolving role in business

At Learning Technologies 2017, we spoke to Geoffroy De Lestrange, Product Marketing Manager EMEA at Cornerstone OnDemand, about HR’s evolving role in the business. Often we hear HR positioning themselves as business partners. Geoffroy argues that in fact HR is the business, not the partner, and there needs to be a change in how this role is perceived.

Contributor: Geoffroy De Lestrange | Published: 10 February 2017

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Freelancers confidence, positive outlook for 2017

The UK’s smallest businesses have recovered in confidence following a volatile 2016, according to the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) and freelance website Upwork. However, freelancers’ faith in their businesses was not matched by confidence in the wider UK economy, which hit a record low.

Contributor: Chris Bryce | Published: 3 February 2017

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Hyperactives more likely to become entrepreneurs

New research from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) finds that those diagnosed with hyperactivity, one of the main symptoms of ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - are more likely to be an entrepreneur.

Contributor: Ingrid Verheul | Published: 20 January 2017

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3.2 million Brits to start their own business in 2017

Research shows 10 percent of working Brits plan to start their own business in 2017. 54 percent say they would like to become their own boss at some point in their career. More women intend on becoming business owners than men, with 11 percent of women polled planning to do so within the year, in comparison to eight percent of men.

Contributor: Ed Molyneux | Published: 20 January 2017

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Watered down – Government’s Green Paper on Corporate Governance Reform

The latest attempt to address public concerns about executive excess has raised the possibility of worker representation on boards and an obligation to publish the ratio of executive to average pay, but the Government's Green Paper on Corporate Governance Reform may have set its sights too low to make an impact. Article by Alan Delaney, Director Maclay Murray & Spens LLP.

Contributor: Alan Delaney | Published: 13 January 2017