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Within this section you will find a wealth of additional information, commentary and links that we have collected surrounding the workforce demographics, retirement, the experience gap and other related items. They had all been published on our blog ‘The Battle For Experience’ but we have republished them all here - and will continue to do so. Why not register for updates via Twitter or RSS

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In Praise of Being Specific

Having recently made the transition from working (for 14 years) in an organisation to working for myself – often from home; it is interesting to me how specific and organised virtual or remote workers have to be about their work. When I work with my clients it is an imperative to identify the specific deliverables and timescales in our projects together – and as long as I meet those requirements – I have earned my fee, I am happy and so are they. I wish I could have operated like that when I was employed. This didn’t occur to me … Continue reading In Praise of Being Specific

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It’s Not About Balance. It’s About Enough … The Right Amount …

John has been posting some very interesting articles on work from home, or not working from home… How many times have we heard about “Work-Life Balance”? The suggestion has been that people balance work and life, with an inference being that we should do both in equal measure. In many (not all I hastily add) cases it has been lip service from well meaning HR people who needed to say something to both sides. Well, for me, it is not to do with balance but much more to do with ‘enough’. The right amount. That means from a persona point, … Continue reading It’s Not About Balance. It’s About Enough … The Right Amount …

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Portfolio Life

Delighted to report see our very own Jon Glesinger writing about The Future of Work over at BizCatalyst360. We hope you like what he has to say – but as a regular reader of this blog, you will recognize some of the themes. I believe that there are three key factors in Portfolio Life – Pay, Purpose and Play. Pay: we all need money and cash rewards for our efforts. Purpose: we need to be fulfilled, whether helping inner city kids to read, helping in a disaster area or so many other ways that we can improve the lives of … Continue reading Portfolio Life

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North Sea Salaries Expected To Rise 15%

North Sea salaries expected to rise 15% due to skills gap Kevin Forbes, chief executive of recruitment website Oilandgaspeople.com, said: “Our forecast shows that with increased investment in North Sea oil, demand for qualified staff is set to reach an all-time high, which will exacerbate an already serious skills shortage, a problem that is being further exacerbated as UK candidates head abroad to earn even higher wages with a huge demand for qualified expatriates globally.” … we knew that

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Millions Set To Retire on Less Than The Minimum Wage

This is something we picked up on recently. Scary data when you read it. And of course, though the article has a UK focus, we KNOW that this is a global problem. And you do to. The question is – are you going to be one of the haves – or have nots ? More than six million of the UKs over 50s will live on less than the minimum wage in retirement, a new survey has found. According to the State of Retirement Report from LV=, the number of people who rely on the state pension solely for an … Continue reading Millions Set To Retire on Less Than The Minimum Wage

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Recruitment: Work and Play

Sometimes you may wonder about our approach to business – when we talk of the Pay – Purpose – Play paradigm, the skills gap, the boomer conundrum, career DNA – there are more and more terms in our lexicon that we are aware are new and need consistent explanation and context. The fact is ‘getting the job done’ is a lot more sophisticated and challenging than it used to be. So too Recruiting is not what it used to be …. It is a lot LOT more sophisticated – and sometimes – some would argue – weird. I mean what … Continue reading Recruitment: Work and Play

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CEOs and the Candle Problem

Fascinating read – with the following conclusion: When your employees have to do something straightforward, like pressing a button or manning one stage in an assembly line, financial incentives work. Its a small effect, but they do work. Simple jobs are like the simple candle problem. However, if your people must do something that requires any creative or critical thinking, financial incentives hurt. The In-Box Candle Problem is the stereotypical problem that requires you to think “Out of the Box,” you knew that was coming, didnt you?. Whenever people must think out of the box, offering them a monetary carrot … Continue reading CEOs and the Candle Problem

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Dont Send That Email. Pick up the Phone! – Anthony Tjan – Harvard Business Review

A new year resolution for use all – are you guilty ? Dont Send That Email. Pick up the Phone! – Anthony Tjan – Harvard Business Review. Some simple rules applied : 1. It is hard to get the EQ (emotional intelligence) right in email. The biggest drawback and danger with email is that the tone and context are easy to misread. In a live conversation, how one says something, with modulations and intonations, is as important as what they are saying. With email it is hard to get the feelings behind the words. 2. Email and text often promote … Continue reading Dont Send That Email. Pick up the Phone! – Anthony Tjan – Harvard Business Review

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