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Our future is safe in bright young hands 08/01/2015

Tales of young stars blazing a trail at British manufacturing sites lit up WM's Manufacturing Champions Awards and left Atlas Copco chief Dirk Villé glowing about our industry's future

Let’s engineer a solution to the skills dearth 01/12/2014

The moment I decided to embark on a career in engineering is etched in my mind. I was only seven years old. My dad, who was an engineer himself, was urging my reluctant brother to follow in his footsteps, but he took a different path. It planted a seed in my mind. Why couldn't I be an engineer? I was determined to prove myself.

Dealing with disengagement 10/09/2014

In the recent People & Productivity 2014 research, conducted by Works Management and Festo Training & Consulting, there was indeed some good news. Just under half (47%) of those surveyed believe that employee engagement has improved since last year. Fantastic. This, however, is tempered by the fact that only 46% of organisations formally measure employee engagement. So perhaps positivity is catching. It's just a feeling that we have, says Gary Wyles, managing director of Fsto Training & Consulting.

Getting to grips with the skills shortage 18/02/2014

Innovations and efficiencies are fundamentally reshaping the manufacturing workforce.

Service-intensive business model needed 19/01/2014

The Government's Foresight study into the future of UK manufacturing sets out a challenging roadmap for the industry to 2050, but the critical question is who is doing the driving?

In praise of praise... or maybe not 14/12/2013

A recent study by the Institute of Leadership and Management as reported by Claire Churchard of the CIPD, highlighted how important good managers are to a contented workforce.

Time to end bad language in the workplace 29/11/2013

Plain speaking is off the agenda in too many UK boardrooms and senseless gibberish is the order of the day.
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Father Christmas: He’s one of us 28/11/2013

Pop a couple more chestnuts on the fire and pour yourself a well-earned glass of mulled wine. It's going to be a very happy Christmas according to WM's annual business barometer, Manufacturing Outlook.

Time for change 16/09/2013

Motivation and engagement can overcome typical time traps, says DAK's Dennis McCarthy.

The art of the perfect rebuke 10/09/2013

Managers need to learn how to admonish, says Kevin Eyre of S A Partners
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Cut out and keep: skills crisis solved 06/08/2013

Cash in on a new government grant and snap up an apprentice, urges WM editor Max Gosney

Step up to the plate on safety 19/06/2013

Every business, whatever size or sector, has to take responsibility for workplace health and safety, says Jane White of IOSH

Down with presenteeism: long live pareto 18/06/2013

Don't get hung up on the all-consuming 80% -- make time for the big-ticket 20%, says WM editor Max Gosney

Taking the pulse of employee engagement 28/05/2013

Festo's Neil Lewin gives pointers on how to take the pulse of employee engagement in your workforce

Money shouldn’t come between friends 15/05/2013

For safety's sake, says WM editor Max Gosney, we mustn't let HSE's Fee for Intervention cause an irreparable rift between industry and the regulator.

A quantum leap in union relations 17/04/2013

WM editor Max Gosney highlights a fine example of a transformation in union relations

Mirror, mirror, on the wall... 15/04/2013

Driving behavioural change also means taking a look at yourself, says DAK Consulting's Dennis McCarthy

Higher level apprenticeships are critical 18/03/2013

We need an industry standard for apprenticeships with the emphasis on higher level skills, says JAM Recruitment's John Morris

Man up to working at height 12/02/2013

It's high time we all stop posturing and get to grips with working at height, says WM editor Max Gosney

Dealing with under-performance 11/02/2013

Spot the symptoms of lack of engagement and adopt a structured improvement road map, says DAK's Dennis McCarthy

Maintaining creative tension 12/12/2012

Draw the full potential from improvement teams with these questions, says DAK's Dennis McCarthy

Opening up apprenticeships 17/11/2012

David Way of the National Apprenticeship Service explains how businesses can access apprenticeship advice and funding

Do you read me, mission control? 18/09/2012

WM editor Max Gosney says we need a detailed industrial strategy, with specific measures and targets

Norming versus performing: a team effort 17/09/2012

DAK Consulting's Dennis McCarthy on fostering effective team effort

Why it pays to train for safety 30/08/2012

Don't underestimate the value of safety training, says Semta's Susan Evans

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