Business performance

How to stop your workforce going under when business is close to collapse

With the recent collapse of Thomas Cook and other established companies in financial difficulty, such as Pizza Express and Links...

Manufacturing headcount falls at fastest rate since 2010

22 Oct 2019

The CBI’s quarterly industrial trends survey has seen the fastest fall in headcount since April 2010, with firms anticipating an...

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Fresh concern over jobs as UK service sector slumps

4 Oct 2019

The UK's service sector, which makes up 80% of the country's economy, contracted in September prompting fears of a recession.

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What the Rugby World Cup teaches us about honesty in business

24 Sep 2019

As the Rugby World Cup gets under way in Japan, Dr Austin Swain examines the brutal honesty that exists in...

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Talk to the money: Why finance and HR must collaborate more

30 May 2019

This HR-finance partnership is hugely valuable to organisations if they can get it right. But new research has revealed collaboration is proving difficult to instigate.

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NHS culture is ‘dysfunctional’ says chairman

15 Feb 2019

In a stinging attack on 25 years of healthcare policy, Lord David Prior, chairman of NHS England, has described the inherent dysfunctionality of the NHS, saying that it needs to “recapture its vocational engaged spirit”.

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High-growth firms crowd out competition for talent

22 Jan 2019

The UK’s efforts to boost productivity while ironing out regional inequalities in job creation may be fundamentally at odds, according...

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‘Total talent management’ could solve the productivity puzzle

3 Dec 2018

Faced with uncertain access to labour and the need to reskill workers in the coming years, how can organisations take...

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Half of FTSE 350 board appointments need to be women to meet targets

13 Nov 2018

A quarter of FTSE 350 companies have only one woman on their board, and there remain five all-male boards, according...

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Too much collaboration kills creativity

14 Aug 2018

Researchers in the US have found that collaboration among teams is welcome but that it should be limited to achieve...

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House of Fraser to close half its stores

7 Jun 2018

One of the UK's leading department stores, House of Fraser, is to close in 31 of its 59 locations including its flagship shop on London’s Oxford Street...

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Why applying for business awards is worth the effort

2 Feb 2018

PROMOTED | If only there were 25 hours in a day. Faced with competing priorities and with resources often stretched, applying for an award is rarely at the top of any business owner’s agenda – too often we simply don’t have enough time.

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Should HR own customer experience?

27 Jul 2017

Is it time for organisations to face up to the difficult question of who owns customer experience? Where should HR...

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Finance and HR: It’s time to collaborate

17 Jul 2017

HR and finance are used to operating in silos, but marrying the two functions can bring major benefits to businesses....

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Employer insolvency: What lessons can be learned from Jaeger’s woes?

5 Jul 2017

Jaeger’s problems are the latest warning for employers to know their duties to staff in cases of employer insolvency. Chris...

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