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uber disputes on ‘gig economy’

Already deep in controversy over its ‘toxic culture’, Uber has now lost its licence to operate in London where it has 40,000 drivers and 3.5m customers. Its new CEO has apologised and hopes to restore faith. The more fundamental dispute, for Uber and other ‘gig economy’ firms like Deliveroo, centres on the 2016 ruling that Uber drivers are not […]

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Capitalism for the long term

Capitalism has got out of hand in recent years, due to its short-termism. The voice for taking the long-term view is growing louder. Those companies that take a long-term position outperform their peers in earnings, revenue and market capitalization. One aspect of long-termism involves prioritisation of stakeholder needs. The employee takes centre stage, after the […]

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Looking through the crystal ball

In their 2017 “Global Workplace Trends” report, Sodexo explores 10 topics that are shaping how companies work, including business agility, design thinking, millennial workers, robotics and automation in the workplace and migration. It is our actions today that will determine whether we head towards massive displacement of workers or the emergence of new opportunities in the […]

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nightmare vision of future employer

@EmmaWatson stars in The Circle, to be released in April. Based on 2013 novel, it centres on an omniscient hybrid of tech companies. Judging by the trailer, it will make uncomfortable viewing for HR professionals intent on using technology to monitor and control rather than to inspire performance. Read why the film raises: serious ethical […]

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Best and worst workplaces

Without great culture, you won’t realise your strategy. That’s why google provides free food – to encourage networking and idea swapping. They don’t see it so much as a perk, as a necessity for innovation – and part of their strategy. Conversely, we seem to be seeing more toxic cultures where bullying management is tolerated, […]

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