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Creativity is the new productivity
As the nature of work changes, so does the nature of the workplace. We examine some emerging ideas.
The changing needs of your office when your company grows
SMEs are no longer start-ups, and not yet large companies – their workspace needs to adapt and reflect this: consider these five themes...
Rise of the robots doesn’t mean bad news for workforces
The discussion around the world of work and technology is often presented as a binary choice: robots vs people, technology vs humanity, automation vs emotion.
The meaning of work: Monzo CEO shares four key trends shaping the way we work today
The shape of the workplace is changing beyond all recognition. What will it look like 15 years from now?
Learning that lasts is a game-changer for everyone
We are bombarded by information all the time. How much sticks?
Digital adoption and reskilling key for AI to benefit all
Technology has always changed the way we work. Often for the better. It has improved fundamental tasks like mining and agriculture. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be no different.
Work spaces should enable co-working and promote wellbeing
As working styles and technology are evolving, so too are offices. To be fit for the future, offices must become spaces focused on human interaction and flexibility.
Human productivity, powered by AI
AI Business research demonstrates that over 90 per cent of Fortune 1,000 organisations have already embarked on an exciting journey that has the potential to create unprecedented efficiencies.
Agile’s growing role in project management
Practitioners should consider the full range of project management approaches – including agile – in determining which method will deliver the best project outcomes.
HSBC provides women with the chance to shine
The bank understands the importance of gender diversity and wants to tap into women’s abilities and ideas.
Preparing for the automation of everything
Automation has been a constant theme over the last 200 years. So is the hype about robots stealing our jobs overblown?
The future of the office
How our places of work are evolving and innovating with the times.
The Gen Z Workforce
Today’s employers face a plethora of challenges from Gen Z: an increasingly ambitious workforce, a need to upgrade tech for smarter working and demands for flexibility.
The future of work is human
We are entering a new era of technology with artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, sophisticated robotics and the burgeoning internet of things.
A question of judgement: making good business decisions better
In an environment of such political and economic uncertainty and change - why not stand out from the crowd and be that decisive individual who people turn to?
Rent-a-desk trend boosts collaboration and networking
The new phenomenon of accessing workspace when and where we need it is taking off as the self-employed and large corporates embrace the concept of coworking.
Focus on outcomes to attract women to tech careers
Girls get put off digital careers at a young age, but the key to changing that is to show how tech changes lives for the better, says Tech Partnership CEO Karen Price.
Teenage girls and parents must talk about science
Businesses boom when they have a high female presence on the boards. So what can we do to persuade women to take a greater interest in the STEM areas in the future?
10 ways to boost women's entrepreneurial spirit
Carrie Green is the founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association and her book ‘She Means Business’ is out now. Here are her top 10 tips for female entrepreneurs.
How can employers help women return to work?
The tech sector is suffering from a skills crisis which could be solved partly by enticing more women back to work, although it’s not always that easy to find them.
Women need men on their side to achieve gender balance
There are huge benefits for businesses that have a diverse mix of people in the top jobs but men must play their part in supporting women to reach senior positions.
Unlocking the barriers for ambitious women to reach the top
Women do strive for senior jobs but too few of them are making it into the boardroom or into executive posts. Organisations must understand why if they are to boost diversity.
We all benefit when women do well in business
Society and the economy gain if the full potential in professional women is unlocked, says Griselda Togobo, managing director of business support network Forward Ladies.
Creative thinking vital to becoming an inclusive employer
Creating a diverse culture at work takes time, but that is no excuse, says Inclusive Employers’ director Richard McKenna who wants organisations to think differently and act now.
Older workers have the skills employers need
Older workers bring years of experience and knowledge which employers will increasingly need to access, but the workplace environment must support an aging population.
Recruitment snobbery could be harming social mobility
Many companies automatically ask for graduates when hiring, but employers should explore all areas of society to uncover the best talent.
Inclusivity is crucial to UK growth in uncertain times
The business case for having a diverse workforce has been made time and again, but the struggle to convince all employers to embrace inclusivity continues.
Helping women to boardroom success
In 2010 the 30% Club was established to push for the representation of women on the boards of the companies in the FTSE 100.
How to mind the pay gap
Despite decades of attempts to equalise the position of women in the workplace, the gender equity gap and underrepresentation of women in some areas is causing damage to the economy.
Fulfilling women’s potential in the workplace
The British economy is losing out because businesses do not make the most of women’s potential in the workplace.
Three project management experts give insight on adopting Agile
In these interviews we discuss predictions for future Agile trends in 2016, and outline how an organisation can take a first step into the world of Agile, ensuring it delivers real business value.
Out with the old and in with the new as agile working gathers pace
Many organisations are stuck in the past but could boost productivity and cut costs with an agile approach to business in 2016, says Fiona Cannon, CEO of the Agile Future Forum.
In the City there’s strength in numbers
In 2008, Vanessa Vallely decided to set up Wearethecity.com, a one stop shop for everything a working woman would need as she follows the kind of career path that had traditionally been open to men.
Is gender an issue for graduates entering the jobs market?
Charlie Ball, head of higher education intelligence at Prospects looks at the career opportunities for female graduates.
An introduction to Unified Communications
Organisations depend on good internal communications – and today that means electronic interaction. The challenge is that this is so much more than just using tools such as email, voicemail, video conferencing, and social media.
Gender balance: not just a feminist issue
Jacqueline de Rojas, President of techUK explains why achieving a greater gender balance can be transformative in a business's development.
Diverse graduate recruitment 'revitalises innovation'
Savvy businesses, particularly well-resourced ones with well-developed graduate schemes, are working hard to improve the diversity of their workforce.
Closing the gender gap in the technology industry
"Closing the gender gap is not only an equitable and fair thing to do, it leads to a more coherent society, it's good for individuals, families, communities, companies and, ultimately, the country" - Trudy Norris-Grey, Chair of WISE.
Why gender equality matters in business
The benefits of women in business are well documented yet obstacles remain. Here four successful business women give their views.
Workforce agility is integral for UK PLC to thrive
The biggest driver of value is the ability to meet the demands of your customers more effectively whilst recruiting and retaining talented staff members.
Cloud computing enables businesses to be more mobile and Agile
The development of a mobile, responsive, flexible, agile workforce has become a reality due to cloud computing.
Shaping the agenda and building an inclusive society
Businesses need to understand that diversity and inclusion strategies can help them become more successful, says Dianah Worman OBE.
Gender balance needs 'action from schoolroom to boardroom'
Brenda Trenowden explains that female representation in the boardroom has improved over the last five years, but there is much more to do to achieve genuine gender parity at senior level in big businesses.
Only fully committed companies make 'lasting change'
The ironic thing about diversity and inclusion is that it's about promoting difference. Yet so many organisations do exactly the same things to try to be innovative and creative in this space.
Inclusion in engineering: It’s not a linear process
Businesses that are openly inclusive towards other underrepresented groups can attract and retain more of the potential female and male talent pool.
Engineering: a man's world?
Roma Agrawal explains that although engineering is still a male-dominated industry, more women are now being encouraged into engineering fields.
Why energy company SSE is thinking differently about diversity
It is important to build a diverse, ambitious and competent workforce who can demonstrate the knowledge and innovation to deal with the challenges ahead. Here we present the inspiring stories of four talented women at SSE.
Agile is a new mind-set, not just a methodology
In business, we’re always looking to do things faster, better and more efficiently. We need to be forward-thinking to get ahead of our competitors.
Which companies are champions of Agile?
Companies like Google and Microsoft don’t just promote flexible, responsive working because it’s trendy. They do it because they know it’s profitable.
How do we turn the principles of Agile into a reality?
Making changes in your business takes planning. Here's some tips for Agile adoption.
Agile: it’s not just for IT anymore
IT organisations have long relied on Agile project management techniques to help them achieve these goals. As global competition increases, more industries are taking notice of Agile’s versatility and incorporating it to their toolkits.
Who can benefit from Agile Project Management?
It is not only the cool techy start ups in East London that can benefit from Agile Project Management. Big corporations can save big bucks too. It will speed up your work, and make your workers happy.
Agile is not a replacement for project management
The business case has been made, the budget agreed, deliverables defined, stakeholders identified, milestones set and risks assessed. The project plan has been set out and all systems and processes are in place. So what could possibly go wrong?
How sports stadiums are becoming more agile
The agile stadium is coming to Europe and will bring with it a fan experience that the next generation of fans will appreciate.
Agile and the cloud: a driving force
A key factor driving Agile approaches is the tidal wave of new technology that can support your organisation, your people and your customers.
The human factor: embedding an agile culture
Introducing Agile demands organisational change, but making change stick is a difficult business. Amy Hatton examines the challenges involved in navigating this landscape.
Business benefits of being nimble
Businesses that are agile have happier and more productive staff and are better placed to compete on the global stage.
Agile behaviour and culture: dealing with managers losing power
Your current organisational culture may be a blocker to the successful transition to a more agile and adaptive organisation, one that responds more effectively to change.
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