Working smart – Say goodbye to 9 to 5

As the demands for a 24/7 consumer culture grows, organisations are increasingly recognising the benefits of working flexibly for both their staff and their profits. Technology has been a huge driver to changing the nature of the typical workplace from one where staff arrive at nine in the morning and leave at five, to organisations that accept a range of working arrangement giving employees flexibility on how long, where and when they work. Dave Coplin, the chief envisioning office at ...

Sports’ activities – is football obscene?

The recent transfer of the footballer Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a world record 100 million euro transfer fee took place this week, leading to a new currency - 'the Bale'. For instance, the GDP of Cuba is 734 Bales. The question asked of students in the recent blog, 'Is football obscene?',  is whether the size of the transfer and Bales annual salary of nearly $25 million can be morally justified in light of the parlous state of Europe's economies ...

Outsourcing out of the box?

As I spent a frustrating 15 minutes speaking to a newly established call centre in the Asian subcontinent and not achieving anything as I was put on hold for the 4th time, I was reading this BBC article posted on my son's facebook page - seems like outsourcing can have its individual benefits, although possibly not in the long term. US employee 'outsourced job to China' Security audit finds dev OUTSOURCED his JOB to China to goof off at work It seems that ...

Time Management

I was recently pointed to this video about a time management tool. Although the model has some weaknesses, I think it would be a useful starting point for students about to undertake their internal assessment or extended essay in Business and Management (especially for your procrastinators). It needs following up, getting your students to identify and prioritise tasks in terms of importance and urgency (although I believe there is a continuum, which is not accounted for in the model) and ...

Closing that job interview

I saw this video the other day and thought it addressed an issue that many careers advice conversations do not - how to close the interview. I believe this my be a useful video to show your final year students. Clearly, this relates to HRM issues in the Business Management programme (note I am using the new title!), but I see it more as a practical session with students, be it to support an application for university or as a ...

Leadership emotions

Over the centuries and into the modern day, writers and commentators have argued over whether good leaders are born or made, and whether physical skills and traits are more important than intelligence and personality. What is perhaps strange is that it is so difficult to isolate and categorise the key features of leadership and to identify the traits that make for good leaders. Writers on leadership seek the essence of leadership and whether it is possible to identify the characteristics ...

Location, Location, Location

Location within the IB programme has often been a traditional, static approach to the concept of place within the marketing mix – examining where firms are located and the importance of getting location decisions correct for retail outlets. However, the commercial scene is changing rapidly with technology providing increasing mobility and information and markets becoming progressively more global and interconnected. Location is more about distribution networks, changing employment practices and virtual organisations than the siting of physical assets and entities, with ...

Broken Co-Worker Interactive Scenario

Your students should enjoy this interactive scenario exploring the issues of harassment in the workplace. Each slide or scenario is created to look like a comic book page. The intention was to create an engaging e-learning experience that is explored by the user, with feedback given based on their experiences without a prescribed path – making decisions, not following steps. Answers to individual scenes direct the next panel. Supporting the scenario is a blog, which details the instructional design methods employed ...

We’re all in this together – but I need more…

‘It’s very difficult for me as president to call on the American people to make sacrifices to help shore up the financial system if there’s no sense of mutual obligation and mutual help... We’re all in this together’ US President Barack Obama, March 2009 As the recession hits western countries in particular, governments are seeking to balance budgets through a series of fiscal measures; cutting government expenditure and raising taxes. In addition, wages have been frozen (or cut in real terms), pension ...

The recruitment blender

In December, I wrote about the unusual recruitment policy of the UK Intelligence Agency, GCHQ and its use of an internet ‘viral’ puzzle, spread via social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, to find suitable applicants. It is clear that GCHQ is not the only organisation adopting a novel approach to recruiting. In these times of high unemployment and gloomy market conditions, firms are using ever more extreme physical and mental interrogations to find suitable recruits. Interviewers have turned to ...