Absent without leave

By |2020-03-19T22:47:33+00:00August 24th, 2013|

I read some data the other day on the level of absence in the Australian public sector.  It was astonishingly high. Why is this ... it seems to be a pattern in public sector employment the world over. There are a number of possibilities.  One is that public sector organisations work their employees so hard

Office Knowledge

By |2020-03-19T22:47:33+00:00August 17th, 2013|

Increasingly our workplaces are filled with 'knowledge workers'. The way in which they work differs from the working patterns of 'traditional' office workers - much more participative, team-based and relying on research and discovery. How does the way in which you design and build your office space recognise these different working patterns.  Probably not at

Public or private?

By |2020-03-19T22:47:47+00:00August 10th, 2013|

There is a number of things we, collectively, have to improve over the next 10 or 20 years. Food supply, energy supply, waste disposal, and so on. Governments have a role to play … but how much is real change driven by the private sector via the profit motive? Some argue that the private sector

Acts of Faith

By |2020-03-19T22:47:47+00:00August 3rd, 2013|

The IMF recently called on Sri Lanka to increase government spending on education and healthcare saying it would lead to increased labour productivity. However for a government under real pressure, increasing public spending is a brave decision.... and a signifiant act of faith. Will it really increase productivity? And when? And by how much? And

Its too late to bring manufacturing home

By |2020-03-19T22:47:47+00:00July 27th, 2013|

Both the US and the UK are experiencing a mini-revival in manufacturing with firms re-locating manufacturing processes from offshore to back home. Well, that's what the media - and the companies involved - would have us believe. However in most cases, 'manufacturing' means 'assembly'. The production - or sourcing - of components is still outsourced

The PRISM lens

By |2020-03-19T22:47:47+00:00July 20th, 2013|

The recent revelations that Western Governments (particularly the US and UK?) are involved in widespread monitoring of digital communications challenges what many think of as the' right' to privacy. Many of us are moderately happy to give up data to Google and Facebook in return for free services. What do we get from the government

Keep the faith

By |2020-03-19T22:47:47+00:00July 13th, 2013|

The EU is one of the world's largest trading blocs - yet too often we view it as a collection of nation states, in competition with each other rather than collaborating with each other to create a truly competitive European economy. Europe generally has very liberal and progressive attitudes to social partnership, to health and

Big Issues…. little action

By |2020-03-19T22:47:47+00:00July 6th, 2013|

We know there are some big questions to ask (and answer) to solve some of the current world problems - poverty, food security, energy capacity and so on. It seems however, that we have known about these problems for quite s while. The energy issue is being addressed by companies who have a vested (financial)

Too late for Europe?

By |2020-03-19T22:47:48+00:00June 29th, 2013|

The financial crisis of the last few years led to the eurozone crisis. Recently, there have been signs that the EU - and the Eurozone itself - is making progress in terms of solving some of the underlying problems. Certainly in those countries that have received 'bailouts' the conditions of the financial aid have forced

What should I improve?

By |2020-03-19T22:47:48+00:00June 22nd, 2013|

Do you know which factors of your business are important? What, if it changed, would have the biggest impact? A 5% reduction in your material costs, your energy bill,your wage bill, or ...? If you know which are important, you know where to focus attention and improvement activity. If you don't, then who is managing

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