For decades, economists have treated humans ‘as atomic particles, rather than social beings’. Michael Spence, a Nobel Prize laureate, has argued “Missing from growth are many things: health, distributional aspects of growth patterns, sense of security, freedoms of various kinds, leisure broadly defined, and more.  In May 2019, Prime Minister Arden of New Zealand argued […]

Today more than forty million people around the world are enslaved or subject to forced labour. Shockingly this number is the highest ever, worse than ever before, three times the transatlantic slave trade. At a time when awareness of human rights is at its strongest, how can people be suffering conditions we associate with the […]

Jobcentres are not fit for work. Two thirds of those on job seekers allowance have been previous claimants, hinting at temporary solutions being applied to permanent issues.  Even those working in Jobcentres are frustrated as they rarely have more than 10 minutes to spend on each job seeker per meeting; hardly enough time to discuss […]

During the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic the UK imposed restrictions on who could go to work. Its Office for National Statistics recorded that the number of people reporting high levels of anxiety had more than doubled since this lockdown began at the end of March. Unemployment and mental health difficulties The negative impacts of unemployment are […]

The skills gap has been estimated to cost £10 billion to the UK economy in 2015 alone. This is an important problem experienced by employers, which are not easily finding the talent they need to grow, and educational institutions, which are challenged to reform in order to deliver the skills required in the 21st century. […]

Often castigated in the media, you might be tempted just to ignore the millennial generation. Do so at your peril though as this generation has something to offer. Often we read reports in the media about the Millennial generation. Most highlight the generational gap with Generation X and the Baby Boomers and report traits they say Millennials exhibit, such as having higher levels of selfishness, a sense […]

There are many freely available sources of research that describe Millennials’ attitudes and behaviours as if they were one homogenous group of people. But Millennials are not all the same. There are different segments of the Millennial population with different needs, attitudes and behaviours and therefore they need to be approached and treated differently, particularly […]

Your employer, if they are like the vast majority of employers, will be worried about the emerging talent gap. It’s been found to be the top concern in business – even more than Brexit and a potential slowdown in China. You probably are already aware of the problem and that it’s getting worse. In 2015, […]

To develop an effective talent management strategy, organisations need to truly understand their current and future target employees, focusing on their needs, attitudes and behaviours. When Millennials will form almost 50% of the workforce by 2020, this is now more important than ever. Employee-based segmentations allow organisations to do this in a strategic manner, enabling […]