What you need to know: November 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: 8 hours ago


The people still using floppy disks

The technology has an endearing legacy. The Telegraph

Labour wants to part nationalise BT

As part of plans to provide free broadband to everyone. The Guardian 

The pain of the video conference

Dialling in is the new norm for businesses. The Economist


Google moves into banking

The tech giant is planning to launch a current account. BBC

The downside of office communities

"Belonging" isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. FT

What you can learn from niche companies 

Understand how specialist businesses succeed. Strategy + Business


A "step change" in female board representation

Women hold 32.4 per cent of FTSE 100 board positions. The Independent

Making excuses holds you back

Do you agree? Forbes

How to make AI more human

Algorithms currently decide whose voices are heard. HBR


Why It Matters What Colour You Paint The Office Walls

Environment can have an emotional and psychological effect on staff. Quartz

Alibaba made $1bn in 68 seconds

During a record breaking singles day. The Telegraph

13 stories about failure

And what you can learn. New Scientist


British Steel to be rescued

China's Jingye Group has agreed a £70m deal in principle. BBC

How do you decide who gets laid off?

KPMG’s Tim Jones has an unenviable task. FT

Why Big Tech could be the death of the economy

Often the villains of an economic downturn are of the heroes of the preceding boom. The Guardian


Female employees banned from wearing glasses

Company dress codes have caused controversy in Japan. BBC

"Complaints should never be aired in public"

Huawei’s CEO has spoken out after employee complaints over working hours went viral. Abacus

A memo to chief execs 

About diversity and inclusion. The Economist


Have City traders finally had enough?

Association heads are pushing for cuts to working hours. BBC

The bad side of electric vehicles

We are unprepared to cope with the buildup of batteries. New Scientist (paywall)

Are men really more competitive than women?

This study says so. HBR


Will we really get rid of chairs?

What the office could look like in 2050. FT

Giving staff shares improves retention

How to help employees share your profits. People Management

October sees "worse period of contraction" since 2009

IHS’s Purchasing Managers Index shows stagnant growth. The Independent


Facebook’s new look

The social network has had a rebrand of sorts. BBC

The productivity trap explained

These mental mistakes make you feel like you haven’t achieved anything. HBR

Should Steve Easterbrook have been fired?

A blanket ban on chain-of-command relationships does little to help the rest of the workforce. The Guardian


The Tories have copied Silicon Valley

Johnson has certainly moved fast and broken things. The Economist

Is overwork an addiction? 

How to overcome workaholism. Fast Company

Mothercare is in trouble

The 79 store retailer has announced plans to appoint administrators. Retail Gazette


How to teach the "soft skill that every company wants"

Critical thinking can be learned. World Economic Forum

Do you have too much to do?

A podcast in how to handle heavy workloads. Harvard Business Review

The company secret that’s a sure sign of success

It’s rumoured that algorithms aren't the only thing that Silicon Valley firms like to keep quiet. Quartz

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