What you need to know: July 2019

Fresh ideas, surprising opportunities and valuable insights from across the web: Management Today's picks of the day.

by Management Today staff
Last Updated: 24 hours ago


Late-paying firms will be banned from public contracts

New rules will come into force from September. The Telegraph

Why this publisher is ditching print

Pearson wants its customers to stop buying paper textbooks. BBC

The mad world of job ads

Who needs a call-centre ninja anyway? The Economist


Are kitchens Britain’s most toxic workplace?

A diet of long hours and intense pressure is leaving many chefs with health problems. The Guardian

The office loo is more important than you think

You can learn a lot about a company from its toilets. FT

How to find your organisation’s story

Return to your past if you want to establish common bonds between people. Strategy + Business


The destructive impact of mass redundancy

Laying off staff has a long lasting psychological and financial toll, for both the individual and the organisation. Quartz at Work

Government launches consultation into sick pay

Up to 2 million more workers could become eligible for statutory sick pay if the plans are implemented. BBC

You should start preparing for a recession

The yield curve tends to be an accurate economic indicator, and it’s pointing to a depression. The Conversation


Why Sainsbury’s is opening an alcohol-free pub

Entry is £5. Campaign

Your next hire: Professional dungeon master

This role-play game is enjoying something of a renaissance, allowing businesses to cash in. Bloomberg Businessweek

Amazon to teach employees to cope with robots

The giant aims to retrain 100,000 workers whose jobs are under threat from automation, by 2025. The Telegraph


The £435m station no one wants to build

HS2 has said it will rethink the procurement process for Curzon Street station. City AM

Do you really know where your cash comes from?

There can be a significant gap between how a company thinks it spends its money and how it does. Mckinsey

France approves digital tech tax

It affects any digital company with revenues over €750m that generates at least €25m in the country. BBC


Investors revolt over Véronique Laury’s pay

Shareholders are unhappy about the outgoing Kingfisher boss’ £522,000 bonus. Retail Gazette

The real toll of zero-hour contracts

Insecure workers regularly suffer from mental and physical stress. The Conversation

Calling for a new type of cross-sector partnership

Collaboration between business, government and civil groups is nothing new, but to be more effective it needs a more structured model. Nesta


You’re more likely to burnout if you love what you do

Purpose driven people find it harder to step away. Harvard Business Review

Virgin Galactic could go public

Richard Branson has reportedly agreed a deal with a former Facebook executive. The Guardian

Eon UK switches to 100 per cent renewable energy

The provider will move its 3.3m residential customers to green sources. FT


We need to talk about dyslexia at work

In Ireland the condition is recognised under disability law, and therefore requires reasonable adjustments. BBC

The benefits of the office book club

Helping people to explore the ‘human experience’ makes better people, and bottom line performance. The Point

Unilever relaunch ‘extra old’ Marmite

The limited edition Marmite XO was first released ten years ago. The Guardian


Can entrepreneurs revive the industrial north?

Nationwide enterprise policies need to be applied locally. The Conversation

These companies are using wearables to monitor employee wellbeing

Studies suggest that workers are open to giving a small amount of data to their employer in return for advice on financial health.  City AM

Which companies have the best culture?

A new AI-powered tool ranks businesses on measures such as collaboration, agility and innovation. MIT Sloan Review of Management


The cloud could cause "catastrophic failure" in the financial system

New technologies bring big benefits but also, some argue, profound risks. The Daily Telegraph

An antidote to micromanagement

This simple question could save you a lot of time. Better Marketing via Medium

Businesses may be forced to publish climate risks

The government is considering ways to use governance to fight global warming.  Reuters


Calls for a New Green Deal for Britain

Sadiq Khan hopes it will move climate change discussions "past talk and towards action". edie

What is nimble leadership?

Companies that want to improve product success and boost employee engagement should take note. HBR

How to deal with the "inevitability" of a professional decline

What goes up must come down. The Atlantic


Businesses face mandatory climate reporting 

Ministers are exploring plans to introduce measures that could force listed firms and pension funds to disclose their environmental impact by 2022. FT

3 mistakes to avoid when talking about company culture

If you want to change behaviour, your message needs to be authentic. Harvard Business Review

The "dark-triad" of leadership

Bosses displaying these traits might have an antisocial personality disorder. Dr Cameron Sepah (via Medium)


The pros and cons of letting robots into the workplace

Staff at Siemens have been designing themselves into the factory. The Guardian

How to turn mundane presentations into extraordinary experiences

People are engaged by emotion, not just statistics. Forbes

Customers can now switch phone provider by text

The new Ofcom changes intend to make it easier to move between companies. BBC

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