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08 November 2012
Recent research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that 'Two-fifths of employees do not believe business values are worth the paper they are written on'. Despite the recession, it's increasingly important for organisations to consider how their values are perceived – internally, as well as externally.
Andrew Torrance, CEO, Allianz Insurance
30 October 2012
Innovation is at the heart of our culture at Allianz Insurance because it makes a significant contribution to growing and developing our business.
29 October 2012
A third of people in the UK say they would not be willing to work with someone who has a mental health problem. Despite the progress which has been made to raise awareness of mental illness in the UK, one of the biggest barriers to a breakthrough is stigma.
A 500-page document known as El Ladrillo or ‘The Brick’ has a special and painful significance for many people in Chile. It was, in 1973, the basis for what became a twenty year economic experiment. Guided by the free-market philosophy of Milton Friedman and colleagues at the University of Chicago, the so-called ‘Chicago Boys’ in the post-coup government of General Pinochet used it to shape the deregulated and privatised future of Chile’s economy. Today, of course, it’s hard to imagine that a whole economy could be run as a live experiment. It was no less than an audacious large-scale test of a political and economic ideology.
25 October 2012
European Commissioner for Justice, Viviane Reding’s fight to get more women in top jobs was dealt a significant blow this week when her proposal to introduce 40% quotas for women on boards across Europe was questioned over its legality.
19 October 2012
This week I have been chairing the 4th Annual Fit for Work Summit in Brussels. The Fit for Work programme is a 35-country study which has been examining the burden of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) on the health and productivity of working-age people across Europe, Australasia, North America and parts of Asia. Over 200 delegates from across the world spent two days hearing presentations from eminent clinicians, from patients, from policy-makers and from health economists. Their message was clear: MSDs in the workforce cost the EU over 240 billion Euros each year (up to 2% of GDP) and much more can be done to prevent the loss of productivity and the risk of social exclusion which they represent.
17 October 2012
A new report ‘A job in itself: the thankless task for young unemployed people looking for work’, published today ( 17 October) by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation provides a worrying account of the experiences of young jobseekers.
Cary L. Cooper
16 October 2012
A few months ago, a colleague of mine in the US, Dr David Bowles and I published The High Engagement Work Culture: Balancing Me and We. In the book we argue that the crash in 2008 was not entirely to do with Wall Street greed but also due to ‘toxic corporate cultures’ which over-emphasised the ‘me’ to the detriment of the ‘we’.
Allister Heath, editor of City AM, discussed our report on 3D printing in his letter this morning. He labels 3D printing – along with self-driving cars – as the “big ideas to watch over the next decade”.
Where is economic growth going to come from? This is the question every economic policymaker and commentator in the UK is currently asking.
Caroline Davey, Director of Policy, Advice and Communications for Gingerbread
15 October 2012
Throughout this latest party conference season, we’ve been bombarded with speeches and soundbites about the importance of work – getting it, keeping and progressing through it. But while George Osborne issued a “wake-up call” to those he labelled as ‘sleeping off a life on benefits’ in the form of drastic cuts to welfare, and the Prime Minister spoke of an ‘aspiration nation’, the question remained – what about those who want to work, but find the barriers to getting a job impossible to overcome?
10 October 2012
On World Mental Health Day it seems appropriate to pause and to reflect both on what has been achieved in promoting better understanding of mental illness, and what is still to achieve. Today I spoke at an event with Health Minister Norman Lamb MP to draw attention to the issue of mental health at work and to highlight some of the excellent work which the Department of Health as an employer is doing to promote psychological wellbeing.
Mr Osborne managed to avoid using the word ‘growth’ even once in his speech at the Conservative Conference this week. Yet, as the IMF pointed out in their report the day after, this is something which the UK and other developed economies are likely to be short of for a few months yet.
The 2012 CIPD Survey on Absence Management, published this week raises serious questions about the extent of presenteeism in the UK workforce.
04 October 2012
Today (4 Oct) the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) released the results of a survey of 98 of their member organisations who are sub-contractors within the Work Programme. Their findings were, to say the least, worrying.