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Firms are 'wasting potential' of a fifth of workers

<b>UK businesses are failing to invest in their workforces and new technology, relying on cheap labour instead, according to a think tank report.</b><p>As a result, the potential of the bottom 20% of the workforce is being "wasted", the Centre for Social Justice says.<p>It is one cause of the UK's "sluggish" …

Didier Deschamps: ‘In today’s society an 18-year-old wants everything and they want it straightaway’

Didier Deschamps is sitting opposite me in a hotel bar in Monaco and is explaining the art of leadership. “I don’t think you just become a leader,” he says, leaning forward in a low armchair and sipping an espresso. “You can’t wake up one morning and say, ‘Right, now I’m going to be a leader.’ I …

Soccer

“Reverse ego-depletion”: People in India find mental effort energising

<i>By</i> Christian JarrettExercising self-control leaves you feeling drained. That’s what many of us in the West believe and it’s what we seem to …

Airplane seat reclining: Can economics reveal who deserves the space?

Not since the Battle of the Somme has such little space been the subject of such intense conflict.<p>We refer to the fact that Americans are now …

4 Things Great Bosses Say to a New Employee That Most Bosses Never Think to Say | Inc.com

You work hard to find, interview, and hire the right employees. They have great skills, great experience, and great attitude. So once they're hired and in the door, all you need to do is set them loose, right?<p>Not so fast. Knowing how to do a job is certainly important, but approaching a job with …

Employment

Why Do So Many Managers Avoid Giving Praise?

One of the most difficult parts of a manager’s job is giving feedback. In a survey of 7,631 people, we asked whether they believed that giving negative feedback was stressful or difficult, and 44% agreed. When talking with managers about giving feedback we often hear comments such as, “I did not …

The meaning of life in a world without work

Most jobs that exist today might disappear within decades. As artificial intelligence outperforms humans in more and more tasks, it will replace humans in more and more jobs. Many new professions are likely to appear: virtual-world designers, for example. But such professions will probably require …

Virtual Reality

Gender pay gaps must be declared by UK companies

<b>UK companies with 250 or more employees will have to publish their gender pay gaps within the next year under a new legal requirement.</b><p>The move is part of attempts to fight workplace discrimination.<p>The UK gender pay gap is 18.1% for all workers, or 9.4% for full-time staff.<p>Women and Equalities …

The secret to success? Believe in luck

It’s safe to say Jeremy Scott from Bournemouth is having a lucky year. In March while working as a chauffeur, he told his boss about his plans to set up a driving business. By the end of the journey, Scott’s boss had offered to finance his idea – along with the gift of a £110,000 limousine to …

Millions of UK workers at risk of being replaced by robots, study says

More than 10 million UK workers are at high risk of being replaced by robots within 15 years as the automation of routine tasks gathers pace in a new machine age.<p>A report by the consultancy firm PwC found that 30% of jobs in Britain were potentially under threat from breakthroughs in artificial …

The Future

How to gain control of your free time | Laura Vanderkam

YouTube

Episode 9: How To Get The Best From Your Team

Image via Julianne/FlickrThis is Episode 9 of <b>PsychCrunch</b>, the podcast from the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, sponsored by …

Robots 'could replace 250,000 UK public sector workers'

Almost 250,000 public sector workers could lose their jobs to robots over the next 15 years, according to a new report which claims machines would be more efficient and save billions of pounds.<p>Reform, a right-of-centre thinktank, says websites and artificial intelligence “chat bots” could replace …

Public Sector

Misophonia: Scientists crack why eating sounds can make people angry

<b>Why some people become enraged by sounds such as eating or breathing has been explained by brain scan studies.</b><p>The condition, misophonia, is far more than simply disliking noises such as nails being scraped down a blackboard.<p>"I feel there's a threat and get the urge to lash out - it's the fight or …

An influential theory about emotion and decision-making just failed a new test

<i>By</i> Christian JarrettIt’s a common belief that to make optimal decisions we need to be more logical and less emotional, rather like Mr Spock in Star …

How statistics lost their power – and why we should fear what comes next

In theory, statistics should help settle arguments. They ought to provide stable reference points that everyone – no matter what their politics – can agree on. Yet in recent years, divergent levels of trust in statistics has become one of the key schisms that have opened up in western liberal …

Peter Thiel

Boss of the world's largest recruiter: 'One-off education followed by a career will no longer work'

The World Economic Forum's benchmark "Global Risks" report for 2017 says the biggest risk to doing business globally is unemployment or underemployment due to the greater adoption of robots, automation, and artificial intelligence.<p>However, Adecco CEO Alain Dehaze told BI that companies now need to …

Liverpool coach reveals Jürgen Klopp's methods and says he is '30% tactics, 70% team building'

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is only 30 per cent interested in tactics - with 70 per cent of his focus on team building, the German’s Dutch …

Soccer

Natural selection making 'education genes' rarer, says Icelandic study

Tempting as it may be, it would be wrong to claim that with each generation humans are becoming more stupid. As scientists are often so keen to point out, it is a bit more complicated than that.<p>A study from Iceland is the latest to raise the prospect of a downwards spiral into imbecility. The …

Genetics

Ignore 'most depressing day of year' says Blue Monday psychologist

Cliff Arnall, the psychologist who 'calculated' that Monday is the most depressing day of the year is urging Britons to "refute the whole notion" and be cheerful instead.<p>The third Monday in January became a black day in 2005 when Mr Arnall was paid by a public relations firm to identify the most …

Is creativity something you inherit from your parents?

<i>By</i> Alex FraderaJeb Bush’s failure to secure a Presidential triple-play is memorable perhaps because it’s an exception to a familiar routine: the …

Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars

From the most powerful telescope orbiting Mars comes a new view of Earth and its moon, showing continent-size detail on the planet and the relative …

57 Experts On How to Handle Negative Feedback [Infographic]

As the saying goes, we are our own worst critics. But sometimes other people like you tell you what’s bugging them about you as well. How do you …

Finding hidden leaders

Organizations should learn to hunt, fish, and trawl for the best talent.<p><b>Searching for the next</b> generation of business leaders represents one of the …

Fewer car owners and more driverless vehicles in future, survey reveals

Half of today’s car owners will not want to own a vehicle and more and more will want self-driving and electric cars in future, a survey of car manufacturing bosses has found.<p>As fewer people see the need to buy a car, a majority of automotive executives believe the industry will increasingly focus …

Electric Vehicles

Beyond 'Brogrammers': Can AI create a meritocracy?

<b>Silicon Valley is so male-dominated that there's a name for the young, brash men who populate the region's many start-ups and high-tech firms: "brogrammers".</b><p>Brogrammers are not your standard, introverted computer programmers. They are a more recent stereotype: the macho, beer swilling players who …

Done tastefully, joke-telling at work could make you appear more confident and competent

<i>By</i> Alex FraderaA little humor in the workplace appears broadly beneficial: it can increase productivity and creativity and helps to build trust. But …

Elon Musk Twitter rant a 'case study' in how not to handle a crisis, experts say

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been bullish in his defense of his company following the death in May of a driver using the car’s “autopilot” feature, even claiming that in the last year “500,000 people would have been saved” if the feature was widely available.<p>But experts in crisis management have said …

Tesla

What makes our work meaningful? Do bosses really make it meaningless?

The media has used the findings to demonise bosses, but such coverage forgets an important point, writes Alex FraderaThere have been times in my life …