UK Workforce

Do Remote Workforces Really Work?

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Tech
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

The benefits of outsourcing are impossible to argue with, but before you rush off and throw those tasks out there, know that implementing a workforce built up largely of remote workers does have its pros and cons, and you need to know how to manage them.

Building an IT-Savvy Workforce

Jane Richardson | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Tech
Jane Richardson

An in-depth look at the state of the UK job market reveals a very troubling reality: the skills young people are learning in schools simply do not correspond with the needs of modern businesses. According to a recent Skills Crunch report, two-thirds of companies fear a lack of skilled workers will put the brakes on Britain's current economic recovery.

How to Handle a Holiday - Before, During and After

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Start to slow down a week before and tie up as many loose ends as you can. Make a note not to start major new projects even a fortnight ahead, because complications cause delay, and you can't afford to be late. Either with your client, or for your flight.

Is It Time to Accept Being Unhappy at Work?

Diana Verde Nieto | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Verde Nieto

A disgruntled workforce is an unproductive one, I hear you cry. A job should not cost you your mental health. I'd agree. But I want to issue a warning: One of the worst things you can do in your career and in your life more generally, is to keep complaining about your working situation.

Europe Needs Smarter Investment in Education and Research Infrastructure

Anka Mulder | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Tech
Anka Mulder

The return on investment will be high for Europe if we get it right, including: a reinvigorated research and education infrastructure, attraction of the best students and faculty, a better skilled workforce, and enhanced competitive advantage vis a vis the rest of the world.

Smartphone - Do My Timesheets' How Many of Us Are Expecting This to be the Future?

Robert Williams | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Tech
Robert Williams

Would you willingly and happily ask an automated assistant to do the administrative tasks that are a part of your working day? It's a question we asked UK workers and a third of them said they would be more than happy to pass on these tasks to some kind of smart software to handle.

Building the Future: Women in Construction

Meg Munn | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

It will not be a surprise to hear that the construction industry has some of the lowest numbers of women workers in any sector of the economy. With around 11% of the workforce, and as little as 1% of the manual trades, there is little concern in the industry and only modest attempts to change it. Do the low numbers of female workers in construction matter?

Enough Death and Destruction Please - We Deserve Better

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

We aren't short of high profile bad news this week; violence in the Ukraine, the trial of Oscar Pistorius in South Africa, head-butting football managers here at home, and all manner of death and destruction all over the place.

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.

'Women Only Get On As A Team Tart Or A Ball-Breaking Ice Maiden'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK

Most women working in asset management suffer regular sexist behaviour, while nearly a third have suffered sexual harassment at work, a new survey has...

Don't Work Overtime Today

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK

British workers should make sure to avoid working overtime today, as campaigners have dubbed 25 September 'Go Home On Time Day'. The initiative, pr...

The Way the World Works

Peter Cheese | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK
Peter Cheese

This week, the leaders of the G8 countries - the UK, the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Russia and Japan - are meeting in Northern Ireland for their annual summit. As host nation, the UK has set the priorities for the discussion: the assembled leaders will focus on Tax, Trade and Transparency.

Were we all better off in the 1980s?

Peter O'Donnell | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK
Peter O'Donnell

We've looked at today's workforce and compared it to the 1980s. The modern day workforce is older, more feminised and includes more disabled workers than it did in Thatcher's Britain. But employee benefits haven't evolved to reflect these changes at all, leaving today's workers financially exposed.

Wake Up Call for the UK Workforce

Jayne Morris | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

The work life balance of our nation is incredibly important if we are to ensure economic growth. Longer working hours may enable increased productivity but only as a short-term measure. We are not robots. Eventually our systems fail and everything will come crashing to a standstill unless we find way to preserve health and wellbeing as a priority.

Can You Define Success?

Shaheen Sayed | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK
Shaheen Sayed

It's that time of year again - International Women's Day. The time when people around the world take a step back to consider the position of women today, how far we've come and how far we've still got to go.

Don't Just Talk About Change - Do It Now

Chris Hirst | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK
Chris Hirst

At the end of last year, I posted a blog about the 'Open' culture we've cultivated at Grey, and how this culture change programme has supercharged our...

12 Steps to a Superstar Workforce

Claire Morley-Jones | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK
Claire Morley-Jones

This week is 'Cyber Week', the week after Thanksgiving, when online retailers see a large increase in their e-commerce website traffic. Coupled with C...

Economic Growth 'May Not Boost Living Standards Of Poorer Families'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK

Living standards for millions of lower-income families may not improve over the next 10 years because of low pay rises and job cuts, according to a ne...

Optimising for a More Optimistic Outlook

Alistair Clifford-Jones | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK
Alistair Clifford-Jones

The true definition of efficiency is getting the most out of the resources available and therefore more often than not, the key to efficiency really lies in optimisation: taking what you have and making it work smarter, and with less waste, to ultimately generate more output.

Green Skills: Time for Some Joined-Up Thinking

Michael Townsend | Posted 12.08.2012 | UK
Michael Townsend

In the fifth and final part of our 'Sustainable Business: As If people Matter' series, Michael Townsend looks at the skills challenge - and how we might close the gap as we move towards a sustainable and low-carbon economy.

It's Not Acceptable That We Have a Million Young People Without Work in the UK

John Collier | Posted 06.08.2012 | UK Politics
John Collier

Tough times equals exploitation, so goes the theory. Are apprenticeships really a boost to young people's prospects and a good way for firms to spot talent, or just an opportunity to find cheap labour for unwanted jobs?

Enforcing Retirement - Is It Still A Grey Area For Employers?

Martin Edwards | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK
Martin Edwards

People are living longer, and age need not be a barrier to coping with high pressure and high profile appointments. Think of Roy Hodgson and Harry Red...