Productivity

Keeping Work Simple: Micro, Mobile And Made For You

Russell Acton | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Tech
Russell Acton

How are world class employees meant to deliver world class performance if the tools they are given are holding them back? In the digital age, poor IT equals poor productivity. Nothing more and nothing less. It's time for a change, a culture shift, to empower employees and drive productivity.

Will Universal Income Be The Cure To Poverty?

Danielle Cuaycong | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Cuaycong

In a chaotic world of dividing political views and rising inequality, it comes as no surprise that the term universal basic income has been thrown around incessantly in an attempt to see it as the missing 'cure' to the mess in some of the world's leading economies.

Change Your Habits, Change Your Life

Susanna Halonen | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Susanna Halonen

I want you to become your own social scientist, fiercely observing and analysing your habits without critique or judgement. Simply start by becoming aware of them because only then can you start to assess them, break them down, and potentially change them.

Expert Wanted - Must Have No Experience

Iain Hunter | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Iain Hunter

The sobriquets of 'old pro' and 'been doing it for years' are no longer the badges of honour of diligent, inspiring professionals who've dedicated years to becoming masters of their craft. Instead they're journeymen and women.

Why Social Care Needs To Be Part Of The New, Modern Industrial Strategy

Helena Herklots | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Helena Herklots

The Government launched its new draft Industrial Strategy this week and, at first sight, it might seem strange to suggest that social care should be part of it. Where does social care fit in a strategy that talks about aerospace, oil and gas, engineering, transport and the like? But both as an industry itself, and as a vital part of the nation's infrastructure, social care should be there.

How I Plan To Become A Productivity Ninja

Izzy McRae | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

Now I have LOADS of productivity ideas to try out. There were so many ideas that I figured the best thing was to single out my top three, and try to start turning them into habits, otherwise I risked overwhelming myself even more. These are:

Values Vs Expectations

Amy Shefik | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Shefik

A requirement of being a personal development enthusiast and an entrepreneur is to always keep learning and growing. One of the ways I do this is to read, and I read a lot! Luckily I love it so it doesn't feel like a chore.

Office Space: The Final Frontier

Rebecca Emerson | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Rebecca Emerson

I write this blog from the corner of my shared office, mindful of a conversation overheard this week among one of the support teams. They recently took on a few extra staff and as such need to change where they sit in the open plan part of our office. Excerpts of the discussion are as follows...

Mental Health: The Iceberg Issue Holding Back UK Productivity

David Hope | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK
David Hope

This year, for the first time ever, mental health issues will be the leading cause of workplace absence in the UK. These issues have more than doubled since 2009 and are set to continue to rise.

How To Keep Up momentum On Your Projects

Leila Johnston | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

Experiencing explosive creativity in every direction is one of the great things about living in these connected times. But just because we can, doesn't mean we should. Indeed, the trend with some creative projects now seems to be heading towards 'anthologies', and there's a 'quality over quantity' vibe starting to emerge.

Let's Make 2017 The Year The UK Cracks The Productivity Puzzle

John Williams | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
John Williams

It's that time of year for making resolutions: when, having staggered over the Christmas finishing line, we vow to come back to the office with more zest, ambition and productivity than before. For some of us those resolutions will fizzle out before the end of January - less cynically, however, we should remember that for many those promises will yield life-altering changes for the better.

Can't Stop Emailing? Five Tips To Help Switch Off And Be More Productive

Mark Hillary | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

The feature describes how he spends a solid hour answering emails each morning and then a half-hour at the end of the day to wrap things up. But this led me to think, if ninety minutes is considered to be 'under control' then how many hours do regular people spend fighting their inbox each day?

10 Tips To Make Your Flying Time Super Productive

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When you’re up in the air, take this precious personal time to gather your thoughts, catch up on work and even learn something entirely new. Rather ...

Working Hard Or Hardly Working? Get The Most Out Of Your Working Hours By Improving How Well You Sleep

Matilde Pratesi | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matilde Pratesi

If we made sure we slept between seven and nine hours per night, not only would we be more productive, but we'd probably end up spending less late nights in the office. What's more, sleeping for less than the seven hours has the same effect as going without sleep for up to two days, or drinking three glasses of wine!

When It Comes To Creative Effort, It Pays To Spread Your Bets

Leila Johnston | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

So, let me ask you something: what are the investments you make in your day to day life, what are the tips you're listening to, and what's the currency you're investing, hoping it'll reap dividends for you?

Five Reasons Why The UK Can Afford A Higher National Living Wage

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE

As Britain prepares to borrow more than £215bn in the next five years, and with the economy is flux as the consequences of the Brexit vote unfold, can UK businesses afford to raise the National Living Wage? Simple maths says that if we produce more, we sell more, and the country as a whole will make more money. Here's five reasons why, if we can figure out the productivity problem, I say yes.

We Need More Support For Those On The Breadline, As Well As The Jam People

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Carole Easton

Wednesday's Autumn Statement announcements may help families who are "just about managing", but what about those who are just plain struggling? Despi...

Why The Chancellor's First (And Last) Autumn Statement Is A Poisonous Damp Squib

Chi Onwurah | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Chi Onwurah

Yesterday was Philip Hammond's first big moment as Chancellor, the opportunity, before a country and indeed a world buffeted by shockwaves of change and uncertainty, to set out a compelling, reassuring and above all confidence building vision of our economic future. Well we didn't get that did we?

Why Do We Need Superhuman Capital? And How Can We Get It?

Michael Mercieca | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK
Michael Mercieca

OK, we know the robots are coming and they're very intelligent, if only 'artificially' so. And we know that they will be taking over tens of millions of white collar jobs over the next five to10 years. But before we all decide to just give up work, let's remember that we will still need humans - but they need to be Superhumans.

Mental Health In The Workplace - The Imperative For Employers

David Hope | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK
David Hope

The Public Accounts Committee recently revealed that NHS budget pressures are leaving mental health services critically underfunded. Mental health has...

Finding Inspiration To Help Bring "Hygge" Into Our Offices

Kenneth Freeman | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kenneth Freeman

The Danish philosophy of 'hygge' (pronounced 'HUE-gah') is a state of mind that embraces 'cosiness' and comfort. The rise in Scandinavian restaurants, cafes and bars across the UK is helping to export hygge and whilst many may not have heard of the term yet, they will almost certainly be getting the sense of it.

How The Content Tsunami Is Killing Productivity and Five Ways To Fix It

Theo Priestley | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Tech
Theo Priestley

Filtering through content efficiently allows us to sort the wheat from the chaff. It's a way of controlling the flood. Think of it like turning on and off a tap; without filtering, the content would just flow constantly and eventually drown us. We're searching for what matters most and what is relevant to us personally or professionally

The Guilt Of Rest

Swatee Jasoria | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Swatee Jasoria

Too often, our culture assigns self-worth with productivity. We feel that time could be spent on something more worthwhile. When we are not working, we fill our time catching up on "life", doing that load of laundry, cleaning piled dishes, catching up on personal paperwork, checking emails and generally thinking about the gazillion errands that need to be run!

Wearing Your Heart On Your Sleeve Can Increase Your Focus

Fotini Markopoulou | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Fotini Markopoulou

Many of us are searching for a simple solution to help us work more effectively so that we have more time to do the things we love. I want to share one trick that you can play on yourself to keep yourself feeling calm and focused. It's simple, it's natural, and all you need is the right beat.

Top Tips - How To Manage Your Time More Effectively

Janice B Gordon | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Janice B Gordon

Maintaining focus and productivity can be a challenge in today's fast paced world when meetings, phone calls and emails dominate much of your working day. To help you improve productivity, I wanted to share my top tips on how to manage your time more effectively at work.