Here’s to another Happy Friday everyone, another vibrant week is almost over!
Here is our Weekly roundup to ensure you guys know what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. But before we dive in, don’t forget to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications or even your own story, we’re keen to learn so share it with us and we may feature your post in our upcoming issue.
Right, what’s been making waves this week? Check this out and join the discussion below!
The consumer packaged goods (CPG) landscape is in the midst of a significant shake-up. Coca-Cola recently reshuffled its leadership team to focus on growth, innovation, and digital. Unilever has acquired Dollar Shave Club, a young startup, for $1 billion in a move to introduce a new model of subscription sales. L’Oréal has made a strategic investment in Founders Factory, a digital startup accelerator. And at Greycroft, a venture capital firm, investor Teddy Citrin has laid out a veritable map for the further disruption of every consumer products category.
What underpins the success of these new ideas and approaches is the abilities, skills, and mindset of the company’s workforce. Working with leading consumer products companies around the world enabled us to identify clear practices and investments that bring a greater chance of success in organizing a workforce around the expectations and needs of the connected consumer. Check out this selection here!
Whatever your take on automation’s impact on labor, we can all surely agree that future work will require, well, future skills. Because when robots take over manual tasks and AI can handle jobs that previously required a brain, what remains to be done by humans will, naturally, be different from what is done today.
Now a new report by the British innovation foundation Nesta and University of Oxford future-gazers from the Oxford Martin School tries to establish how those changes will affect skill requirements by 2030. First, the team behind the research identified occupations that look set to be automated away (such as shelf fillers, van drivers, and administrators) and those that are likely to grow in the face of technology’s encroachment (including teachers, biotech researchers, and nurses).
Then, they looked at the skills that were most common among the occupations that had the greatest prospect of growing in the future, to work out which would be most useful when the robots come. Take a look at the full report and get ready!
When you think about dead companies walking, BlackBerry was clearly one that came to mind, but under the leadership of CEO John Chen, the company is actually making a comeback as a software company focused on security, and it’s latest quarterly earnings report suggests the pivot is working splendidly.
The company reported revenue of $249 million, which shattered analyst’s expectations of $220 million, according to published reports. All in all the company is trending in the right direction, something that seemed unthinkable a five years ago when BlackBerry was left for dead after its phone business went in the toilet, the victim of competition from iPhone and Android phones.
How did this happen? And what’s next for Blackberry now?
Starting and developing a new business is an exciting time. Yet it’s also a time when your own well-being may take a back seat as you focus on getting the business off the ground or scaling-up. It’s vital to recognize the role that looking after your wellbeing – and that of any employees – can play in productivity as well as your health.
As we know, starting a business and running it can be immensely rewarding and creative but it can also be hard, stressful and risky. There has been a marked increase in the number of business owners and self-employed struggling with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. A recent NHS report revealed that one in three “sick notes” from GPs are for mental health problems.
There are so many adaptable strategies that can enhance wellbeing and FSB wants to encourage conversation about this, take a look at them here!
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