Forget Big vs Small Business - All Employers Can Help Rebuild the Reputation of Business

Stephen Howard | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK
Stephen Howard

It sometimes feels that a week doesn't pass without a high profile example of business falling short of the standards expected by customers and wider society. In light of the tax controversy involving one of our biggest banks that continues to dominate headlines - this latest poll perhaps comes as no surprise.

Is It Ever OK to Cry at Work?

Hannah Cottam | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Cottam

Was her emotional outburst really so off putting? I mean, we live in a time when you can't really turn on the television without someone on screen crying, but should this be replicated in a professional environment?

Can Algorithms Replace the Power of Human Intelligence?

Chris Dobson | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Tech
Chris Dobson

You can't help but notice how algorithms are everywhere these days, and have been for a while. They track and predict how we behave in virtually all walks of life, as companies and institutions pivot to meet our needs better (or their own, depending on your level of cynicism).

The Very Bad Apple

Jo Haigh | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Jo Haigh

None of us like being taken for granted in work or at play but owner managers, perhaps more than most, find this behaviour very hard to forgive as by large we have sacrificed so much on our journey.

Employees Behaving Badly

Charles Elvin | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Charles Elvin

The corruption of the world's biggest currency dealers was exposed recently, leading to US and UK regulators imposing £2.6bn of fines on six major banks. Although an extreme example, what we have here is a prime illustration of how bad behaviour in the workplace can have incredibly serious consequences for the organisations involved.

Is Your Team Too Scared to Innovate?

Ian Baxter | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Ian Baxter

I believe often managers actively, and mostly inadvertently, suppress innovation. Why? Because people confuse leadership with having to come up with all the best ideas. Since management defined the strategy in the first place they don't want to be diverted from it.

Halt the Rapid Decline in Part-Time Higher Education

Anka Mulder | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anka Mulder

In recent years, provision by universities of lifelong learning and professional education has been in sharp decline. Earlier this year, for instance, the Rinnooy Kan Commission in the Netherlands found that part-time higher education is undergoing a dramatic decline.

When Process Overtakes Content

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Hiring is one of the most important skills in being an entrepreneur. And no one ever gets its all right. I've now been an entrepreneur for years and d...

A Timely Issue

Charles Elvin | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Charles Elvin

It goes without saying that businesses are concerned about getting the most from their workforce but, it's important that employees are working smart, not just working hard. There's a very important distinction to be made between the number of hours employees work and the productivity of the workforce.

Volunteer's Week - Good for You, Good for Business

Adam Stones | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK
Adam Stones

Do you volunteer, do you give up time to share your experience with people or projects that could benefit from your assistance?

Getting the Corporate Nation Healthy

Dr Katherine Tryon | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Katherine Tryon

It is indisputable that chronic diseases are increasing, with conditions such as heart attacks and strokes, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease accounting for over 63% of deaths in the world today. These can be avoided or better managed through healthier lifestyle choices, presenting a clear need for focus on prevention as well as treatment.

The Key to Employee Ownership Success in 2014

Iain Hasdell | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Iain Hasdell

At the start of every year we recall the vivid image of Janus the Roman god after whom the month of January is named. His two faces set in opposite directions, one that looks back to the year just gone and the other forward to the brand new year ahead, are chilling and inspiring at the same time.

More Must be Done to Support Bereaved People

Joe Levenson | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Joe Levenson

Every minute someone in Britain dies, and almost half of us report having been bereaved in the last five years. Yet society's response, often falls short - making it even harder for people to come to terms with the loss of someone close to them.

Mind the Gap - Why the Manufacturing Sector Must Learn to Future Proof Its Workforce

Simon Thomas | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

The UK manufacturing sector has been described as 'indispensable' to Europe's economic future. In spite of this, there is still an underlying challenge for the industry to produce a skilled workforce.

Could Buddhism Help Your Business?

Beth Burgess | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Beth Burgess

The goal of Buddhism is ultimately to achieve enlightenment, but along the pathway to awakening, there are many useful lessons about how to operate ethically and effectively in the world.

Katie Hopkins: 'Employers Should Not Have To Pay For The Risks In Our Lives'

Esther Hayden | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Esther Hayden

Katie Hopkins view, as she expressed in her newspaper column is that we should all take responsibility for what she terms the 'potential risks' in our lives and business owners should not be out of pocket in cases such as this.

A Decent Deal for Workers

Jim Sheridan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jim Sheridan

Employee representatives would make the UK fairer for all. They would reduce the excessive salaries we have seen in recent years: energy bosses raking in millions while crippling their customers with eye-watering price rises; or bankers gambling with customers' money while raking in bonuses, despite their losses... Directors won't like it, but it is time the UK economy started working for everyone, not just the 1%.

Being A Customer Doesn't Give You the Right to Be a Bully

Steven Stewart | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Steven Stewart

I have developed the same cynicism as most fully grown adults, yet this is underpinned by a general hatred of all human beings, particularly customers. I still work in customer service as I work my way through my studies, and I have come to learn that my first screaming idiot customer, isn't all that unusual.

Six Good Reasons to Create a Compassionate Workplace

Andy Fraser | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Andy Fraser

Before you start picturing boardroom sing-alongs and group hugs around the water cooler, let's define a compassionate workplace as follows: a work environment where people feel valued and supported, and are encouraged to develop their skills and reach their full potential.

A Chance to Escape

Iain Hasdell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Iain Hasdell

The NHS is consistently excellent in some of what it does. Overall, as the Commonwealth Fund International Ranking testifies, it performs very well if compared to equivalent services overseas. But, there are huge unjustified regional variations in the effectiveness of the NHS within the UK in services such as the treatment of diabetes.

Data Revenge

Christian Toon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

Companies beware! Losing your information has the potential to harm a business far more than an angry tweet.

The Decade of Employee Ownership

Iain Hasdell | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK
Iain Hasdell

Lots of people are talking about employee ownership at the moment, which is fantastic. But most people do not really understand how it works. This lack of awareness helps perpetuate the myth that employee ownership is a boutique way of working in the business world.

Being Successful in a Foreign Language Environment

Maria Shopova | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK
Maria Shopova

Apart from distinguishing between substance and style and respecting different modes of communication, the piece offers many practical tips on how companies can boost employees' confidence through building language education into the working day.

Why You Need To Get More Than Just A Degree Out Of University

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

As going to university becomes increasingly more common, employers are looking for their graduate recruits to have more than just a degree. So with...

What Really Makes Millennials Tick?

Matt Carter | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Tech
Matt Carter

Millennials, or the cohort of young people who came of age around the time of the year 2000, are an often written about and yet still much misundersto...