The Great Debate UK

Check your social networking assumptions at the door

–Brice Jewell is a Senior Manager responsible for uCern, Cerner’s social business initiative. The opinions expressed are his own.–

Older generations don’t use social networking sites. Generations X and Y demand social networking tools in the work place. Executives don’t get social networking beyond what their kids do on Facebook.

I heard statements like these when Cerner got started on our strategy for social business – using social networking and collaboration software as workplace tools – in 2008. Don’t let them affect your strategy.

So what should inform your decisions? The numbers. Recent market analysis shows social business usage is greater with executives than with millennials. This led me to investigate the statistics from Cerner’s uCern™ Connect community to know where our usage and adoption stood.

Not just another day in the office: how companies are changing the workplace

-Dave Coplin led Microsoft’s Hybrid Organisation programme. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Here’s a modest proposal for your business. Stop making staff commute to office blocks and instead create attractive new workplaces that encourage people to drop in, bump into each other and hold ad hoc meetings in comfortable and stress-free spaces. Make sure you have the best coffee and food of any of your competitors. Don’t give staff their own desks but offer the flexibility to work from wherever they like and to choose their own computers. Take an axe to hierarchical constraints that constrain progress and watch out for middle managers that are likely to be your biggest impediments to change. Make IT systems accessible from any device, anywhere in the world. Sounds outrageous? Perhaps, but these tactics and strategies are precisely those being adopted by many forward-looking organisations.

Shake up workplace gender roles to advance women

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Caroline Gatrell is a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University Management School. The opinions expressed are her own. Thomson Reuters will host a follow-the-sun live blog on March 8, 2011, the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

It is around 35 years since equal opportunities legislation came into force in the UK. In theory, this should mean that employed women are treated fairly at work, and paid the same as men in equivalent jobs.

Mediation service for workplace disputes on the rise

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Businesses and employees embroiled in conflict are tapping into a free conciliation service to avoid expensive employment tribunal claims at a rate that has doubled since September 2009, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service reports.

Acas, governed by an independent council funded by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills, fields about 87,000 tribunal cases a year to sort out disputes between employers and employees.

Innovation key to workplace progress for women

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image-Dimitra Manis is senior vice president of talent at Thomson Reuters. The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters is hosting a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.-

As part of this International Women’s Day celebration, we have been asked to look back over the last ten years and identify what has really changed.

Japan lags behind in gender equality

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-Atsuko Kitayama is a a Reuters translator and correspondent based in TorontoReuters is hosting a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.-

Japan has quite a way to go to narrow its gender gap and come closer to matching the disparities found between the sexes in other G7 countries, statistics show.

International Women’s Day in a post-gender world

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Elisabeth Kelan-Dr Elisabeth Kelan is lecturer in the Department of Management at King’s College London. The opinions expressed are her own. Reuters will host a “follow-the-sun” live blog on Monday, March 8, 2010, International Women’s Day. Please tune in.–

To mark International Women’s Day, the Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business will be launched in New York on March 9, 2010.

Leaders inspire, they never bully

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JP 2009- Jonathan Perks is managing director of board and executive coaching at Penna. The opinions expressed are his own.-

The issues which surround bullying in the workplace, linked to the allegations surrounding Prime Minister Gordon Brown, provide a timely reminder of what good leadership is really about. But firstly it’s important to remind ourselves as to what behaviours constitute bullying and this definition sums it up nicely: “persistent, offensive, abusive, intimidating, or insulting behaviour, abuse of power, or unfair penal sanctions which makes the recipient feel upset, threatened, humiliated, or vulnerable, which undermines their self-confidence and which may cause them to suffer stress.”

Strong-arm management tactics harm staff and productivity

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Gary Miles- Gary Miles is Head of Open Programmes and Events at Roffey Park – a provider of Leadership and Management courses. The opinons expressed are his own.-

As the controversy around alleged bullying in Downing Street continues, we’re seeing a stream of features in the media looking at the issue of bullying in the workplace: what is or is not bullying behaviour, why it happens, where victimised employees can turn to for help. Indeed, perhaps the one positive outcome of all this has been to bring a serious issue of working life to the forefront of the collective consciousness.

Workplace bullying: the dark side of organisational life

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Linda_Alker- Dr Linda Alker is a princpal lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.  Her areas of expertise include organisational change, leadership and workplace stress. The opinions expressed are her own. -

Workplace bullying is identified as one of the greatest sources of stress that you can put upon your employees, although organisations and managers are often slow to react to cases of bullying because bullying is not always accepted as a credible label for the kind of abuse that employees face in the workplace.

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