Tag Archive: Productivity

Sep 22

Trade Unions vote for Brexit

Some Trade Unions are beginning to realise the benefit of being free of the constraints placed upon the UK by the EU For example, the recent takeover of Opel/ Vauxhall by the French company PSA once would have been judged ‘a disaster’ because of expected closures and job losses: Now, the local Labour MP, Kelvin …

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Sep 03

Remote working

A Northern Ireland finance firm, AKFP Group, closed its HQ for a full month in July for a ‘remote working initiative’ They found it boosted both staff morale and productivity Staff were allowed to work from locations of their choice – the result was ‘they reaped the benefits of being able to change venues, eradicate …

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Sep 02

Tesco’s ‘Steering Wheel’

The blunt truth, according to Terry Leahy in an article he penned for The Times, is that if public services were exposed to more competition, their performance would improve He strongly believes in competition after spending 33 years at Tesco during which time it rose from being a bit of a joke to the third …

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Sep 02

Regional development needed

Several top business leaders are now pushing for government development of the regions as the best way to get UK productivity out of the current doldrums, back on track and closing the gap with the rest of the G7 In particular, they focus on the need to greatly improve public transport within, not between, those …

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Sep 01

Skills mismatches, training failures!

A report by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) claims the number of ‘overeducated’ UK workers has increased by a third over the past decade – companies are failing to make use of their skills There is also a mismatch between employees’ training and what employers find useful And yet they say: “About a …

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Sep 01

Barriers to ‘new technology’ diffusion

If GDP measures are to be believed, some 80% of global GDP is generated by less than 20% of the global population At global level, the top 20% of economies would appear to have productivity levels at least three to four times better than the rest, the other 80% – and this gap is widening …

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Aug 19

Human targets are best

In his book ‘Happiness’, Richard Layard points out that: ” People care most about their income relative to that of other people” i.e. more than the total itself He says most people would even be willing to accept a significant fall in their living standards as long as they could move up compared to other …

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Aug 18

PLG plugs a big productivity gap?

Whilst investment, innovation, competition and luck all play a significant part in the performance of any organisation, public as well as private, it is its management that has the most influence The same applies at national level with government ministers And if managers and ministers, whatever their level, are to do their jobs well they …

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Aug 14

Why measure labour productivity alone?

Why do we measure just labour productivity when it’s the productivity of all costly resources used together that matters most: Because we always have done – it was relatively easy to count in the old manufacturing days? Because we still can? Because we can’t measure the productivity of capital and other inputs in an equivalent, …

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Aug 08

Happiness at work

Undoubtedly, productivity growth has made a huge difference to the quality of lives of billions of people, first by reducing work negatives – tasks that are dull, dirty, dangerous or difficult – and then increasing work positives by adding many more jobs which are interesting and fulfilling whilst also enhancing social lives with greatly improved …

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