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The UK’s most productive retailers of 2020

By Rotageek on 31-Jul-2020 10:33:37

2020 had already begun with a relatively bleak outlook for British retailers:Brexit, rising costs, ever-increasing customer expectations and UK productivity levels that had fallen to their lowest in recent memory. And then a global pandemic reared its head and the country ground to a halt(with the exception of essential services, of course).

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The top 10 employee engagement drivers | Your 2020 guide

By Rotageek on 20-Jul-2020 08:08:38

A wise man once said, ‘to win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace’ (Doug Conant). Employee happiness has long been a consideration for successful businesses but it has only been in the last few years that the drivers of engagement have been understood and established. 

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Balancing care and costs, rostering in Care Homes

By Rotageek on 16-Jun-2020 08:49:21

Post COVID-19, Rostering in Care Homes will never be the same. 

Care homes are a vital cog of the UK healthcare industry, with more than 12,250 in existence for personal care and nursing care. Even in a time of normalcy, their two biggest pain points that lead to facilities closing are falling standards, as a result of shortages in the staff, and the cost of staff increasing.

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Employee Scheduling: Algorithms vs. Employees

By David Payne on 10-Mar-2020 14:34:42

A few thoughts on why algorithms get bad press.

 
We came across a new s article last week (“Here’s What Happens When an Algorithm Determines Your Work Schedule”, Vice, 24 Feb 2020), in the vein of others we’ve seen before (eg Scheduling Technology Leaves Low-Income Parents With Hours of Chaos”, NY Times, Aug 2014), that made us sad. 😔 If you’re thinking of making the leap from ‘manual’ rotas to optimised, automated scheduling in your business, then maybe such press coverage of our industry also makes you wonder whether this is intrinsically a change that can improve efficiency only at the cost of employee wellbeing.
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Retailers can create jobs for life. Here’s how:

By Dan Mackenzie, Senior Product Manager on 25-Jul-2019 12:38:46

With almost three million workers, the retail industry is the UK’s largest private sector employer. But retailers face a number of challenges when it comes to recruiting and retaining the best staff.

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Retail Technology & Data - what are retailers missing?

By Ged Scheuber, COO & Head of Product on 17-Dec-2018 12:56:11

Today, it’s the high street brands without their own online shop that stand out as exceptions to the rule. The channel itself has seen a strong growth in sales figures over the past few years, with the value of online sales in the retail sector going from 2.7% in January 2007 to 16.1% in January 2017 — a massive leap.

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Mental hygiene and the workplace

By Chris McCullough, CEO & Co-Founder on 17-Dec-2018 12:37:22

One in six people report experiencing a common mental health problem in any given week. A quarter of the UK’s population will experience a mental health problem each year

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We need to change how we think about productivity

By Chris McCullough, CEO & Co-Founder on 17-Dec-2018 12:32:24

In theory, there’s nothing wrong with the term. But employers and businesses feel uncomfortable about using it. The problem? 

The term productivity is tainted by negative connotations that hint at hard work, squeezed employees, and an obsessive — even reckless — focus on yield. There’s a misconception. Productivity by definition is a measure of output per unit of input. Expressed mathematically: 

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