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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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Enough Already – Redux

This post was originally written for and published on ODesk. It so caught the imaginations of the readership that though the number of views for the post was in line with expectations at ODesk – the commentaries were off the charts. Some people even went on to reblog and or ‘Scoop It’, like Mary Ellen Ferris. Of course – over here at Expert Alumni, we weren’t too surprised. The ‘Pay, Purpose, Play mantra that we have been expounding on for a while now makes a lot of sense, and once people start to understand it – then the maths just … Continue reading Enough Already – Redux

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Measurement Gone Mad ?

Quite exactly when something like this will kick in I do not know – BUT – I do know that aspects of it are here already. Putting aside the idea of arm bands tracking Tesco warehouse staff – consider a remote worker, coding or writing a script, or developing an image for a marketing campaign ….. how do you know what they are doing. I would personally take the value argument. I need a piece of work – it needs to be delivered by a certain date – and it needs to have a certain quality. Job Done. But there’s … Continue reading Measurement Gone Mad ?

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Boomers and Millennials. Who’s Got It Worse in the Workplace?

“Both situations are terrible, but their problems are different.” … I’ll save you the read – if you are a young worker – you probably feel that the older generation doesn’t get it – and how much you are struggling. While older workers – just look at the youth and think they have it all. The fact is – the other ‘man’s’ grass is definitely greener – but in fact it is a downtrodden mud patch – just like yours. In all honesty – the full article is definitely worth a read – as are the click throughs: Boomers and … Continue reading Boomers and Millennials. Who’s Got It Worse in the Workplace?

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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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Emails That Could Get You FIRED

I know in the ‘portfolio lifestyle’ – firing has a different connotation – but the rules are JUST as applicable. For example, the first one we all know – don’t we ? ALL-CAPPED email. Using all uppercase letters is considered CYBER SHOUTING (and you could be fired for it). As an alternative, use asterisks to emphasize key words. “Bob and I had a *wonderful* time at the company reception last night.” Read The Full Post ‘Emails That Could Get You FIRED’ here

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Retirement? Goodbye, Golden Years

Ring any bells ? DR. B. BOOMER — an unfortunate, but fictional, dentist — worked and saved for years, only to see her portfolio shrivel after a series of investments in orthodontia-related dot-coms a decade ago. She then put her money into seemingly safe financial firms, like A.I.G., and was hammered during the subsequent downturn. Her plan to retire by selling her Scottsdale McMansion isn’t going well either. So the poor woman is spending her 65th year, not in glorious retirement, but fixing fillings for screaming children and generally annoyed adults. Sadly – though this is a fictional story, it … Continue reading Retirement? Goodbye, Golden Years

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Excellence in energy celebrated at EI Awards ceremony

The winners of this year’s Energy Institute (EI) Awards were announced at a ceremony in London on 17 November, hosted by physicist and BBC Science presenter, Prof Brian Cox OBE. The EI Awards recognise innovation and excellence amongst individuals and organisations working in the global energy sector. Very specifically the  Individual Achievement Award, sponsored by Expert Alumni was won by David Williams of Eco2 For the full story (Released on 18/11/2011) – read here : http://www.energyinst.org/media-relations/media-centre/164

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How Big Data is Transforming Business

We could have written it ourselves : it’s important to remember that new technologies and tools raise productivity not only because companies adopt them but also, more critically, because they enable new management practices and organizational structures. McKinsey Article from November 2011

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Public Sector Job Losses …

The BBC recently wrote an article on job losses on the public sector, here in the UK. Since April, the public sector shed jobs at five times the rate predicted by the Office for Budget Responsibility, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said. Bottom line, the government’s take is that private sector work will more than compensate for the job losses – PROVIDED – we classify portfolio work as self-employed and therefore private sector. Well – what do you know – that’s what we think as well ( check out this post by our very own David Avery ) … Continue reading Public Sector Job Losses …

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