Browsing All posts tagged under »value«

Saving face or saving money?

August 20, 2012


Understanding what something’s worth is never as straightforward as it might be.  Yes, there’s supply and demand, but there’s at least three extra dimensions in Beijing.  Distance, Haggling and Face. Distance is a factor everywhere, of course, as convenience always comes at a premium – but when nipping to the shop at the next corner […]

Job hunting in a recession

August 28, 2010


Why it’s important for employers to engage with candidates who, without having built an affinity with the employer brand, may otherwise be simply taking the first role that comes their way. Ace Research And, of course, it’s important for job hunters to make a good impression too – bespoke suit anyone?

Universities should look to deliver real returns on investment

June 24, 2010


The emergency budget has hit Higher Education particularly hard with cuts in spending of up to 25% over the next four years. Coupled with the impact on capital expenditure that the VAT rise will bring about, leading universities are inevitably looking to an increase in fees to meet the shortfall. In itself, that shouldn’t be […]

Degrees with benefits?

December 30, 2009


According to research by Dr Anthony Hesketh at Lancaster University, graduates “pay for themselves 20 months from their start date and by their third year, mid-sized graduate recruitment and training programmes – those which involve the hiring of 170 graduates – generate a £5.30 return for every £1 invested.” But how long does it take […]

The end of experience?

October 30, 2009


That someone can honestly be quoted as saying “Staff don’t need to retain information any more, they just need to go somewhere where they can reference it” is perhaps one of the most horrifying sentences I have yet come across in the world of employment and education.  Staff don’t need to retain information any more, […]

A perfect talent storm

September 9, 2009


Markets can be funny things but I have to admit that I am baffled by the current impact of supply and demand on estate agency. One the one hand, the property market has shrunk due to the lack of credit, many estate agents have been laid off, as with many other industries, and yet, as […]

Higher Education – cost versus value

August 21, 2009


It’s all well and good for David Lammy to continue to beat a drum for Higher Education but is it not now time to ask what benefit the Government policy of pushing people into University courses, regardless of desire or appropriateness, produces for the individuals or for society? New data from The Push Student Debt […]

A kilo of soup

August 19, 2009


Does anybody really need a kilo of soup?  Eat has treated me very well of late but I can’t help wonder why, having a 12oz and 16oz offering, they felt the need to introduce another size up – and went for 32oz?  Is there something fundamentally offensive about 20oz or even 24oz? The 32oz portion, […]

Employee Engagement via psychological contracts

August 18, 2009


Marianne Huggett, commenting on the MacLeod Review’s struggle to define employer engagement, suggests that, although the term psychological contract has fallen out of favour, it still sits at the core of the relationship between employer and employee.  However, her concern over the fragility of this bond may be unfounded. As with many discussions around this topic, […]

Starbucking a trend

August 11, 2009


I really don’t know what to make of Starbucks. Part of me feels that I should get on a high horse and despise them fro being a corporation but, since actions are meant to speak louder than words, I’m not sure I can look past some of theirs so easily. For a start, they sell […]