For any SME, the motivation and retention of key talent is vital which means employees need to remain engaged and involved at all times.
Many organisations spend vast amounts of time and money on education and training programmes for their staff and yet there is still a feeling that the employment pool is not up to the job.
Over the last two decades the internet has transformed the way people buy – everything from low-value household commodities to high-value business services. The new web-savvy customers gather most of the information before they engage with sales representatives of the selected companies. As a result the power balance between the buyer and the seller has fundamentally changed. Steve Gilroy, CEO of Vistage, examines this fundamental market change.
The pace of technological change in recent years has meant that we are now able to pick up emails anytime, anywhere. Andrew Christodoulou, author for Wolters Kluwer’s Croner-i Human Resources online product looks at some recent research into emails and stress.
The past few years have seen a dramatic rise in the use of hybrid vehicles as company cars, however with The Committee on Climate Change wanting to see 1.7m electric vehicles (EV) on the roads by 2020 to meet its greenhouse gas targets, electric vehicles are the future of eco-friendly transport.
David Saul, managing director for serviced office provider Business Environment looks at the upcoming flexible working laws and their implications for businesses
In a digital age, for Generation Y and Z, training must be brought to life, interactively, bit by bit. Generation Y has been shaped by the technological revolution that occurred throughout their youth with smart phones and tablets now the norm and being online and connected 24/7 seen as essential to the vast majority. Five years from now the intake of Generation Z employees will consist of people who have only ever known a wireless, hyper-linked world.
Research this week has shown that the UK’s adult working population spends over 43
million hours per day commuting to and from work. The research, carried out by memory and storage experts Crucial.com, examined the current working habits of the UK in terms of home working vs the office, to determine which option provides a better environment for maximum productivity.
The UK economy is finally gathering pace and showing signs of improvement. For many SMEs this means access to growth capital and the potential to expand. Here, Aaron Rosland, Senior Economic Counsellor at the Government of Ontario and a seasoned international expansion adviser who has opened over 20 offices around the world, provides advice and guidance for SMEs who are considering international expansion.
With another strike affecting services on the London Underground looking likely to take place from 9pm, Monday 28 April 2014 until Thursday morning, passengers will no doubt face widespread disruption to their journeys to work. This won’t just affect those who use the Tube to get to work; it will also have a knock-on effect in respect of traffic on the roads. The strike is over the proposed closure of ticket offices, with a large number of job losses expected.