I used to work for a global oil and gas company, which was process-driven and held up by traditional management practices. Now, I work for Blueprint: a small and relatively new charity. It’s fair to say that in transitioning from one to the other, I’ve experienced a degree of culture shock. Read More
UK productivity is, according to latest reports, at an all-time low. The impacts of this decline is being described as ‘Bigger than Brexit’ in terms of damage to the UK economy. A recent BBC article states that: “Today’s productivity figures are bad to the point of shocking.” It goes on to detail a fall in productivity of 0.5% in the first three months of the year taking “the UK economy’s ability to create wealth back below the level of 2007”. This is uninspiring reading for us all, as we face unprecedented challenges in business and on political, environmental and social levels.
Written by Jo Alexander
By being honest with myself about the internal conflicts that I was feeling at work and by talking to trusted friends about this struggle, I found my way from the oil industry to On Purpose and A Blueprint for Better Business.
Inequality in the UK is increasing year on year; a fact highlighted in recent months by releases from Oxfam, the Resolution Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. These reports come as Philip Hammond is rumoured to be announcing a plan to ‘extend austerity’ in next week’s Spring Budget: policies estimated to hit the poorest the hardest.