Engaged workplaces that are inclusive are a clear way for UK businesses to be internationally competitive. A key determiner in whether a firm continues to thrive or stagnates is the extent to which the firm is able to tap into the talents of its own workforce.
Sometimes the circumstances of an organisation can change quite significantly, quite quickly - whether it’s the undertaking of a new large-scale project or securing a contract that will result in massive growth. Such news is fantastic for the organisation, of course, but for recruiting teams, it can present some significant challenges.
The term 'Gig Economy' is fast becoming one that is on many people's lips. It's a term that is prompting a fair bit of discussion and it's even had an airing in the US presidential race. It's fast becoming a hot topic on both sides of the Atlantic, and as people debate the pros and cons of the Gig Economy, the term looks set to become part of industry vocabulary.
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.
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?
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.
On the face of it, the answer might seem obvious. After all, it's those in the public sector who have locked horns with the government in various forms of an industrial dispute over the last few years. Most recently, and most high profile has been Junior Doctors - wrangling over their new contracts being imposed by the government. This looks set to continue despite an unprecedented strike being narrowly averted at the last hour earlier this month.