Effective utilisation of an organisation's workforce is a key factor in its sustainability and growth. There are several factors and aspects that will determine the extent to which employee deployment and utilisation is effective. However, one which is common to all organisations and sectors is leadership and management.
Repeating an exercise from 2010, George Osborne wrote to millions of public sector workers in autumn 2015, inviting them to take part in a survey to suggest ideas on how public services could be delivered more efficiently.
The impact of social media on the workplace is ever-increasing. The potential pitfalls of misuse - or what constitutes inappropriate use - have far-reaching implications. Social media can clearly distort the boundaries between home and work.
Driving 25,000 miles a year for business is considered to be the third most dangerous activity only behind deep sea fishing and mining and accounts for an estimated 1 in 4 of all collisions on our roads. But how seriously do we take the risk?
Most experts agree that 2016 is set to be a good year for the jobs market. A report, released in December 2015, by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) certainly conveys an outlook of positivity and promise. It states that 86% of employers are expecting to be recruiting staff over the first three months of 2016, with 78% now predicting that in the medium term their focus will be on creating new jobs.
The Autumn Statement paints a positive picture overall, pointing to the way in which the UK’s economy has grown three times faster than that of Japan and twice as fast as France, outpacing Germany and keeping up with US economic growth. The Office of Budget Responsibility has forecast sustained growth in GDP of 2.3-2.4%.
Developing innovative and alternative revenue streams is now increasingly important - if not a necessity - if the public sector is to sustain the model of making efficiency savings at the same time as improving services (both regarding the quality and extent of those services), and providing an overall value for money for residents.