Category Archive: 11. Motivation

May 19

UK works longer hours than EU

Of the 168 hours in any week, the average person works (on tasks she needs to be paid for) around 40 hours of that time An average worker’s hourly breakdown per week is guestimated to be 30% work-related/ 70% home related viz: 40 (24%) = Work 10 (6%) = Commute to/ from work 60 (35%) …

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May 05

The bullsh**t job phenomenon

According to The Times, in 2013 David Graeber, a professor of anthropology at the LSE, created quite a stir when he wrote an article about people in meaningless jobs with meaningless titles in meaningless industries – since followed up by his book Bullshit Jobs: A Theory It prompted a YouGov poll which established that 37% of …

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Apr 05

Time to change time at work

An interesting article by Business Leader columnist James Phipps, a ‘serial entrepreneur and investor’ and Exec Chairman of the Excalibur Group, about effective ways to improve employee productivity  We see relatively little about how to improve the awful productivity we have in the UK. We in the UK have a business culture which says you …

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Mar 28

Higher wages lead to higher productivity

According to Marshall Auerback, a market analyst and commentator, after a year-long analysis of seven developed countries and six sectors, global management consultancy company McKinsey reported that: “Demand matters for productivity growth and increasing demand is key to restarting growth across advanced economies.”  The report by James Manyika, Jaana Remes and Jan Mischke was published in the Harvard Business …

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Mar 02

High wages drive productivity improvement

Received wisdom has it that productivity improvement leads to higher profits which leads to higher wages being paid But, according to Juliet Samuel in a most interesting Daily Telegraph article, the opposite is the case: “If wages don’t rise, Britain will remain stuck in the slow lane, on the road to permanent economic decline” She accepts …

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