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How to have a productive meeting while working remotely

Now that many of us have to work from home, it’s more important than ever to keep communicating. This presents a challenge. It’s not easy to keep everyone up to date with what’s happening in your organisation, while maintaining business-as-usual […]

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Are miserable employees good for Amazon’s business?

Almost everyone, including the critics, has granted that Amazon’s culture – as depicted by the recent New York Times exposé – provides the company with an edge at least for the time being. Amazon’s defenders have gone on the offensive. They […]

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Why building a culture on exceptional endurance will hurt Amazon in the long haul

The New York Times exposé of the workplace culture at Amazon has sent shockwaves throughout the business world and beyond. The piece describes a culture that combines creative freedom and lavish compensation with gruelling hours, invasive evaluations and sometimes ruthless […]

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3 employee engagement lessons from Mad Men

One of our favourite television shows aired its last episode this May. For eight years, we’ve followed Don Draper and his cadre of (m)ad men and women, creatively navigating their way through the ethical grey zone to achieve their goals. While parts of […]

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Beyond the business clichés – Does power really corrupt?

In the post-crisis world, we’ve grown used to faulting the apparent unscrupulousness of the top brass in banking. Saying that ‘power corrupts’ is like saying that ‘the sky is blue’ – it’s taken to be a fact. But to what […]

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Has the shortage of flexible jobs created a talent bottleneck?

A severe shortage of flexible working arrangements may weaken employee engagement and new talent acquisition, a recent survey by TalentWise suggests. Although nearly half of UK employees want well-paying flexible jobs, only a fraction of jobs advertised offer any real […]

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How to live with email

‘Emails are sapping the life out of Britain’s workforce’ – this is how The Times reported the government advisor Sir Cary’s Cooper’s presentation to the British Psychological Society in Liverpool on its front page last week. But this isn’t really […]

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Are you ready for the post-election hangover?

After weeks of bingeing on seductive election promises, vitriolic party attacks, and political analyses, we shouldn’t be surprised if many offices experience the effects of a collective hangover on Friday. More than one desk is likely to be found empty […]

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How big data is helping political parties target ‘supervoters’ in the UK General Election campaign

It’s the closest election campaign since 1992. Only 85 seats will decide the 2015 General Election. And it could be as few as 400,000 swing ‘supervoters’ in those constituencies who will determine the next government. As a political party, how […]

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Why no one understands politics

Many people, particularly young voters, find politics difficult to understand. There are several reasons for this, but today we’re going to focus on only one of them. Specifically, the delivery and substance of political messages. After all, if it were […]

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Is the glass ceiling really cracking? What the latest research says

It feels like a landmark weekend for gender equality. Hillary Clinton announced she is running for the 2016 US Presidential race. And the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race featured female crews racing the same course on the same day as the men […]

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