FedEx Is So Desperate for Pilots This Holiday Season It’s Paying Them Up to $110,000 to Delay Retirement

FedEx is offering retirement-age pilots bonuses from $40,000 to $110,000 to stick around through the holiday shipping season, Reuters reports. FedEx pilots with 30 years’ experience already make around $300,000. The bonuses are the latest salvo in a global campaign waged by airlines, militaries, and flight schools to recruit and …

Nomura and Adidas named among healthiest workplaces in Britain

Nomura International Plc, Adidas UK and Wellness International Ltd have been named, by Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace study, as the healthiest workplaces in Britain. The bank, sports apparel company and leading health and wellbeing provider were awarded first place in the large, medium and small-sized company divisions, respectively, at the …

Technical, social and legal challenges to deployment of wearables in buildings

While there is substantial potential for the deployment of wearables there are also significant technical, social and legal challenges. This is the conclusion of the latest white paper from BSRIA, ‘Wearables & wellbeing in buildings – the story so far’ which found little evidence of any practical solutions linking wearables …

Working Families announces the most family friendly workplaces in the UK 

Work-life balance charity Working Families has announced its annual list of the top family-friendly employers in the UK. Employers large and small from across the public, private, and third sectors compete annually to gain a coveted place on the charity’s list of Top Employers for Working Families. The announcement coincides …

Why is Verizon chasing 4G speed records with 5G only days away?

ANALYSIS: After nearly a year of hype, actual 5G service is now only days away. Verizon is launching commercial offerings in four cities next week — but the same carrier is touting an eleventh-hour breakthrough in 4G. Working with Qualcomm and Nokia in a live New York commercial environment, Verizon achieved …

Arm’s Neoverse will be the infrastructure for a trillion intelligent devices

ARM is introducing something called the Arm Neoverse, which is a cloud-to-edge infrastructure to support a world with a trillion intelligent devices. I suppose you can call this optimistic brand name the logical extreme of the Internet of Things, or the fully built out ecosystem of everyday objects that are …

Staff wellbeing moves up the HR agenda and yes, includes the provision of free fruit

Employers have placed wellbeing high on their agenda in a bid to encourage employee engagement and reduce absence, claims new research from XpertHR. More than half of employers (54.4 percent) run informal employee wellbeing initiatives, while one-in-five (22 percent) has a formal programme in place. The majority of these formal …

Businesses fear that a failure to embrace automation will make them irrelevant

The majority of UK businesses fear becoming ‘irrelevant’ within the next five years through failing to make a successful transition to an automated workplace. To avoid this risk, organisations need to collaborate with their workforces to embrace automation and artificial intelligence, a new report from Capita warns. The report Robot …

Aligning talent with strategy is the key to business success

Companies that align talent with business strategy outperform others by 16 percent, retain 30 percent more top performers, and see 34 percent higher employee performance according to The State of Talent Optimization Report (registration) from The Predictive Index. The report claims there is a strong correlation between talent optimisation and …

Organisations must meet needs of young parents or risk failure

Organisations face a problem that could impact their very survival. Parents want to be supported by their employers during the transition to becoming working parents, but organisations are currently ill-equipped to deal with parental leave, or to keep people engaged throughout it. In a world of relentless change, companies failing …

Meatspace, cyberspace, the uncertainty of expertise and some other stuff

  The sign that somebody knows their stuff about a subject is often that whatever they say about it is full of questions, equivocations and caveats. They’ll often start out by saying things are complicated in mitigation of their opinion on a particular topic. They’ll say there are no silver …

Nearly a third of UK workers favour fines for companies who breach ethics

Almost two thirds (64 percent) of SME employees believe that companies should make a positive contribution to society, while half of all UK workers (50 percent) would be discouraged from working for an organisation with no interest in community or ethical goals. According to The Future Workforce from Unum and independent …