How to save £1m without impacting services

The outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review has been seen by many as a welcome relief from the continued cuts in the FE sector over the last five years. With core funding for 16 – 19 year olds and adult skills budgets protected, colleges and sixth forms...

Doing things right, or doing the right things…

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘efficiency’?  When leadership say ‘we need to be more efficient’, do you immediately start thinking that means job cuts are coming?  If so, you wouldn’t be alone, but that shouldn’t always be the case, and there’s more to...

Is it time to adjust your management style?

In theory, management is designed to improve productivity, but this is increasingly not the case. In today’s workplace there is an excess management epidemic, and it is impacting your workers. Whilst a manager may believe that asking their workers for several updates...

Is poor productivity in the UK a good thing?

It’s a story that we hear over and over again from businesses in the UK: the average worker is not producing enough output for every hour that they work. The ONS has revealed that output per hour fell by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2014, and labour productivity...