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.
Technology is driving huge organisational changes within businesses, not least at board level. Alongside CFO, CIO, CEO, CMO, and now Chief Collaboration Officer (CCO) is a term that was coined a few years ago but only now is being clearly defined. The CCO has been labelled the “executive responsible for integrating the enterprise” during periods of growth, but how many CCOs do you know? I’d bet the number is in single figures, if you know one at all.
Whether you employ one person or 1000, there are ten skills that no employer or manager should be without. If used appropriately they will enhance your work environment and make your team happy.
A number of the UK’s largest banks recently announced that annual bonuses, totalling billions of pounds, would be awarded to senior staff members. Despite growing concern from the government and the European Union (EU), as well as increasing questions from the public, the ‘bonus culture’ that surrounds the UK’s banks shows no sign of slowing. While many will perceive political and economic problems with these vast financial rewards being given to senior leaders of banks, there are also a number of missed opportunities at a more immediate organisational level — namely, what about the rest of the staff?
Companies spend millions of pounds a year relocating staff. From junior to senior management, moving from one country to another is a huge task that involves not just packing clothes and booking a flight.