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Taylor Review on Good Work makes sense

It’s good to see that the Taylor Review has taken a sensible view of the way work is evolving and is proposing that legislation should catch up with what is now happening in the real world. We have seen a rapid growth in non-standard working patterns and the introduction of ‘gig working’ using platforms such as Uber. This has resulted in confusion about the status of workers.

Blurring boundaries between home and work

A detailed report, "Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work" has recently been published jointly by Eurofound and the ILO. It studies home-based and mobile workers ten European countries and five others.

More men working part-time

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has just issued a report stating that men on low pay are four times more likely to be working part-time than in the 1990s.  It shows that 1 in 5 men aged from 25 to 55 in low paid jobs are now working part-time.  Twenty years ago it was 1 in 20.

Gender pay gap and flexible working

There has been extensive publicity recently about the gap between pay for women and men, triggered by an IFS report showing that, on average, women earn 18% less per hour than men. However, this gap between men's and women's hourly pay rates has been closing in recent decades - it was 23% in 2003 and 28% in 1993.

Agile working and personality tests

Ever since the dawn of the Teleworking Era, people have been looking for the ideal tool to match personality with flexible working. In the 1980's, when working remotely with technology started to expand, there were small studies attempting to use existing tools like Myers-Briggs (MBTI) to analyse home workers. None of these could come to any useful conclusion.

Improving productivity

The subject of productivity has been in the news recently.  The government is trying to improve the UKs ranking against other countries and struggling to work out how to do it.

Having a flexible labour market should help but it hasn’t worked too well so far.  This could be because managers still don’t know how to transform agile working from an employee benefit into a business strategy. Moving from a low skill, low wage economy to the opposite certainly sounds like a smart idea. But how can it be done? 

Do we really need amended Flexible Working Regulations?

How to ensure the whole organisation benefits from flexible working and the response to changes in the legislation are not just piecemeal.

Networking is for all

Employees in agile and dispersed organisations need to network to ensure they are up to date on developments, have access to the best projects and can manage their career.

Commuting misery pushes people to rethink outdated habits

At this time of the year it is not unusual to have some travel problems in the UK caused by bad weather. Over the last couple of years we have had enough snow to cause a few days of disruption on trains and roads but it’s soon been over. This year things look a bit different.

New Year - new approach to work?

At this time of year many people think about improving themselves and their life: eat healthier, take regular exercise, lose weight, spend more time with those we love, move house and get a better job.

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