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The jobs that just disappeared – Will yours be next?

When I was a child in the late 60’s there weren’t that many cars parked on our street. Few people had one. We lived at No.13 and we were the first house with a car. The next was way up at No.29. What there were though were no less than three TV repair vans sporting Read more about The jobs that just disappeared – Will yours be next?[…]

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The benefits of outplacement…

Since I started at Chiumento I’ve had to explain to friends and relatives what the benefits of outplacement are. Many have never heard of it, either they’ve been lucky enough to have never been made redundant, or unlucky that their previous employer didn’t see the benefit in offering outplacement to their departing staff. Many of Read more about The benefits of outplacement…[…]

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Has technology reduced or increased the need for experts?

I’ve just created my first website totally from scratch! Woo hoo.  It’s not often I blow my own trumpet but I’m pretty pleased with myself and the outcome (www.chiumento.co.uk). But while doing it, it got me thinking about how far technology has progressed in the relatively short-time since I started my marketing career just over Read more about Has technology reduced or increased the need for experts?[…]

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Are offices a thing of the past?

I read an article today  discussing Automattic, a multi-million dollar start up in the US and the brains behind the website publishing tool, WordPress, and how it’s shutting its office. Not because it’s gone bankrupt but because on any given day there are more games machines than there are people in the office. Employees are Read more about Are offices a thing of the past?[…]

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Work-life integration: it’s a digital thing

Traditionally, just like computer code, work was pretty much a binary thing. It was, quite simply, a matter of on or off. A traditional working day would be 010 – ie off, on, off. You turned up and switched on at 9 and then switched off again at 5. Today our working day is much Read more about Work-life integration: it’s a digital thing[…]

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Are you disaster proof?

Last week our virtual working set up came into its own, and really highlighted to me not only the additional benefits of having our entire workforce able to work from anywhere at the drop of a hat, but that when it’s put to the test.  It works.  Although 80% of our staff permanently work remotely Read more about Are you disaster proof?[…]

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The new world of work: why the Daleks have it nailed

The last few weeks have convinced me that we just aren’t coping with the realities of the new world of work. And the longer that goes on the more I fear for the future. Last week I attended an interesting session on digital transformation. It confirmed all the thinking Chiumento has been doing about how Read more about The new world of work: why the Daleks have it nailed[…]