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What Does “Workplace Culture” Really Mean?

Productive organisations are those with a healthy workplace culture. But what does that phrase, “workplace culture” really mean? How can a company improve its culture? The word “culture” is kind of a funny term. It’s a word that describes the behavior of a whole community of people. Sometimes we use “culture” to indicate sophistication (“only cultured people go to the symphony”). Other times, the term “culture” is derogatory. (You can’t blame him, that’s just part of his culture). So what do we mean when we are talking about workplace culture? Is this something real or just marketing speak used by HR departments? Here’s my personal definition of workplace culture: “The culture of a working organisation is both the common and collective viewpoint on both the meaning and the value of w......

Take the intelligent approach to recruitment

Prevailing economic and employment conditions are conspiring to make life difficult for companies trying to attract the best talent. We examine three factors that make intelligent human capital management (HCM) technology the only choice for smart businesses that are keen to keep up the downward pressure on costs. Although the UK economy continues to teeter tentatively towards recovery, inflation is rising and interest rates are set to increase sooner rather than later. Consumers have little money to spend and organisations, particularly those in the public sector, must continue to watch how cash is apportioned. Secondly, high profile companies – like Microsoft and Sony – have warned of a growing skills gap and an impending crisis in expertise. That situation is expected to deteriorate in ......

Work Smarter Not Harder: Looking Ahead To 2011

As businesses emerge from the downturn with less manpower and more and more to achieve, working smarter rather than harder, will be key to surviving in the changing IT marketplace. Success will depend on cultural changes within business and IT practices along with the adoption of new processes and tools. Overall there needs to be a focus on increased collaboration, teams need to be multi-skilled and team-based performance incentives should be put in place. The result will be job satisfaction, increased productivity and prolonged staff retention. Lean practices will help businesses minimise waste in the processes they follow, providing the whole organisation takes responsibility for making sure the process is effective. Becoming agile ensures that effort is focused on producing business val......

With The Internet, Our Past Is Now Written In Pen Not Pencil

My raucous (and sometimes embarrassing) student life is captured on some photos that are probably lying curled up in some shoebox in an attic, not stored and backup on hard disks around the world. Not so for the current generation whose lives are on full display. So has privacy disappeared? Gartner thinks so. “According to a recent blog from Gartner, social media could be the end of our privacy as we know it. This is very true, but let’s be honest; our privacy was endangered when social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook were launched over 5 years ago. Back in 2005 the social networking sites tapped into a hidden human desire to share close/personal information with friends or strangers. “Now we’ve recently had the launch of Twitter and foursqaure, criminal gangs are begi......

Investment In Skills Is Key For The Next Decade

Advisory firm Gartner has issued a warning to organisations dependent on mainframes. The analyst said that organisations must plan how they will maintain the skills needed to keep their operations running up to 2020. Why the sudden panic? Because their key staff, with all the application and business knowledge, are most likely to retire in the next ten years. Gartner’s report, Ensuring You Have Mainframe Skills Through 2020, points out that computer giant IBM’s graduates are lacking in z/OS skills, which will lead to problems in the long run. Competition to those few that do have the right capabilities, from firms like HP and Microsoft, will be fierce and organisations will have to work harder to hold on to their employees if they do not invest in training now. Mike Chuba, vice president o......

Investment In Skills Is Key For The Next Decade

Advisory firm Gartner has issued a warning to organisations dependent on mainframes this week. The analyst said that organisations must plan how they will maintain the skills needed to keep their operations running up to 2020. Why the sudden panic? Because their key staff, with all the application and business knowledge, are most likely to retire in the next ten years. Gartner’s report, Ensuring You Have Mainframe Skills Through 2020, points out that computer giant IBM’s graduates are lacking in z/OS skills, which will lead to problems in the long run. Competition to those few that do have the right capabilities, from firms like HP and Microsoft, will be fierce and organisations will have to work harder to hold on to their employees if they do not invest in training now. Mike Chuba, vice p......

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