Many employees can reel off a list of areas of improvement and have a good understanding of their weaknesses within the workplace, but how many fully understand what their employers regard as their greatest strengths?
Over the past decade, advances in technology have led to an increasingly agile workforce. Recent TUC research has found that that the number of people who normally work from home increased by 62,000 in the past year, and had risen by half a million since 2007.
In February 2013 Marissa Mayer the new CEO of Yahoo made the statement that her employees were no longer allowed to work from home. Her reason “to become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices.” Vodafone responded saying that British businesses can save up to £34bn a year by looking at new ways of working including hot desking and remote working. But how practical is this, what does it mean for the hundreds of thousands of people that work flexibly and therefore often from home. What does it mean for an employer?
The number one priority on any business owner’s agenda should be to build a strong and loyal team. The businesses who do this most effectively are those that become successful. But it is also one of the most challenging things to get right. How do you recruit and retain the best?
The first weekday England game kicked off at 8pm last night (Thursday 19 June) and some employers were concerned that productivity and staffing levels would plummet today as workers are more likely to be tired, hung over, or they may just call in sick.
Spending less than £500 per employee each year on social outings and training courses could increase workforce happiness by over a third (35 per cent) in UK small business.
Research by an online travel agency in the UK has revealed that British employers are potentially losing a lot of money due to a lack of productivity amongst staff that are experiencing ‘holiday fever’; with the average person in full time employment spending a combined total of 38 hours before and after a holiday planning, booking and reminiscing about their trip.
“Do you have a loyalty card?” the Barista asked as I paid for my double espresso. My card was duly stamped – only two more coffees before I could claim a free brew. Most people in the queue had a loyalty card too. And so I got to thinking.
If it wasn’t true you would think that someone had made it up. However, the story I am going to tell you gets recounted to me every single week of the year. It is a scenario that is played out all over the world, again and again, with depressing regularity.
I have been the CTO of Affectv for three years now. During this time, we have grown from three to 40 people, more than doubling our Engineering team in the last eight months alone. In the next six months, we are looking to double this number again. We’ve made mistakes and avoided some…here are the things I wish I’d known three years ago!