May 10, 2013
Sustainability is currently a key driver in the procurement profession. Purchasing decisions on ethical sourcing and corporate social responsibility can contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals within an organisation.
But what about closer to home? How eco-friendly are you personally in your workplace? Are you a culprit of wasting energy, not recycling or printing out too many documents (guilty as charged)? (more…)
April 19, 2013
Here is a dilemma for you – would you accept a friend request on Facebook from your boss?
On one hand you are a professional and want to keep it that way. On the other, if you declined the request, would there be repercussions at work?
A survey by Fierce, Inc, in the US of over 800 Facebook users revealed most succumb and accept a request from a manager, despite feeling uncomfortable. (more…)
April 12, 2013
According to the 19th century proverb, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But I am not sure that some big food and toiletry brands will agree, after research from Which? revealed that a fifth of its members have bought an own-label product by mistake because it looked similar to a big brand.
We’ve all been there, a mad dash around the supermarket and you pick up what you think is Head & Shoulders or Coco Pops – two of the products which have similar own-brand packaging – only to find when you get home it is the retailer’s ‘copycat’ product. (more…)
April 8, 2013
It may be a British cliché, but when I enter a hotel room the first thing I check is the tea and coffee-making facilities. As long as there is a kettle, some
teabags, a small tube of coffee and a packet of biscuits – preferably shortbread – I feel I have got my money’s worth.
So I was a little surprised not to find “poor hot beverage-making facilities” in a survey of travel bugbears by insurance company Direct Line. (more…)
March 15, 2013
Red Nose Day celebrates its 25th anniversary today. Comic Relief has become one of the most successful charity events in the UK calendar with 2011’s effort raising a record breaking £74.3 million.
This year’s escapades should not disappoint. In just one example of what our comedians will do to get you to
give up your cash, British national treasure, Miranda Hart is doing a week of challenges despite a dodgy knee. These have so far included waxing the armpits of rugby players, singing in a girl band, and will culminate today in arranging a wedding in under eight hours. (more…)
March 8, 2013
Today on International Women’s Day the world celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In a growing number of countries such as Russia, China and Vietnam today is even a national holiday.
Here in the UK, we can acknowledge the huge steps that have been taken since this social movement began in America over 100 years ago. We have obtained the right to vote, the equal rights of women have certainly progressed with improving legislation as well as a growing number of women in our boardrooms. But there is a lot more work to be done. (more…)
March 1, 2013
I attended a CIPS branch meeting this week, where the 40 or so procurement professionals present were told: “Try to honestly see things from the other person’s point of view.”
It was a presentation on how to sell the value of procurement and members were keen to learn how to engage with key stakeholders in their organisations.
This seems to be a key stumbling block for many within the profession. Many attending were eager for the procurement profession to become more involved in the strategic decisions in their organisations, but felt they were being locked out. (more…)
February 19, 2013
On his current three-day visit to India, UK Prime Minister David Cameron buy cialis online has urged the Indian government to cut regulation and red tape to help encourage trade and investment from UK businesses.
In return, he announced a same-day visa service for Indian business people to attract them to the UK. (more…)
February 15, 2013
People are, on the whole, living healthier and longer lives. So it is
hardly surprising that research out this week showed nearly a quarter of people of retirement age do not feel they are ready to give up work.
The study by the financial services group Prudential also found 57 per cent of this year’s retirees would
consider working past the state pension age. (more…)
February 8, 2013
Negotiators beware, as the next generation is snapping at your heels.
Earlier this week I attended the CIPS Negotiation Challenge, where six teams of students from various Peter Jones Enterprise Academies battled it out for the prize of top negotiating team. (more…)