Month: February 2020

Coping with a break in the chain

The health and wellbeing of employees should always be a business’ top priority, but with an increasing number of firms shutting shop due to coronavirus, the supply chain is beginning to creak.

So, what should supply chain leaders do if they find themselves failing to meet contractual obligations due to the outbreak, and what can be done to ensure such disruption is avoided in future?

Since 30 January 2020, when the World Health Organisation declared a public health emergency of international concern, coronavirus has monopolised global headlines. To protect citizens, the Chinese Government have implemented strict quarantine measures, leading to sector-wide disruption across China.

As the world’s second largest economy, and leading manufacturer, China is of huge economic importance. Accounting for 20 percent of global manufacturing output, this country-wide shut down has led to considerable disruption for many businesses, including those in the UK.

In addition, the rapid spread of

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London tube workers threaten Easter strike over pay and working hours

Up to two million commuters and tourists are facing travel disruption in London after transport unions threatened mass strike action despite being offered a pay rise and a cut to the working week.

Members of the main unions representing Tube drivers, station workers and support staff are proposing the first all-out strike on the London Underground for almost five years.

The action, led by the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and the train drivers’ union Aslef, threatens to lead to the complete shutdown of the Tube, which is used by about two million passengers a day.

Aslef, which represents 2,500 drivers, has already started balloting its members, with the result due in a fortnight. The RMT will ballot its 10,000-strong membership in the capital in the coming weeks.

It raises the prospect of a co-ordinated strike as early as April in a move that could be timed to hit

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Data editor McCartney departing Cincinnati Biz Courier

Hannah McCartney

Cincinnati Business Courier data editor Hannah McCartney is leaving the paper, writes editor Rob Daumeyer.

Daumeyer writes, “We snagged her six years ago from City Beat, and she created and refined not only our comprehensive weekly top 25 lists but also some of our most important and valuable publications, including the Book of Lists, Fast 55 and Cincinnati’s Largest Private Companies. Hannah directed our social media efforts, jumped in whenever and wherever we needed her on the editing side and was just generally a good egg. She’s moving on to Grey Advertising.”

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Turn your work stress into accomplishments

Many people at work suffer with stress, depression and anxiety. In fact, sometimes these mental health problems are triggered by work alone.

Quite often, this can leave you feeling as if you don’t have the skills you need to accomplish what you set out to do. This is usually because stress, anxiety and depression can cause you to worry, and even fear typical daily tasks.

Some tasks at work that many people admit to worrying about include
  • Taking meetings
  • Achieving deadlines
  • Building relationships with your co-workers
  • Getting on with your manager
  • Maintaining quality work
Here is how you can learn to conquer some of your stress and anxieties at work, and turn them into accomplishments…
  1. Make a numbered list of tasks you need to accomplish that day, ordered from most important to least important. Tackle this list in small chunks – one task at a time.
  2. Focus on building
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