As we settle into the new year, forecasters at Oxford Economics are optimistic about America’s prospects in 2019. Despite a global slowdown in GDP growth, the US will post the strongest gains of any G7 country. Unemployment is at a 50-year low, and real wages are on the rise. Yet with a rising federal funds rate, a dissipating fiscal stimulus and the risk of a renewed government shutdown—not to mention issues abroad, such as a no-deal Brexit and a trade war with China—companies will need to navigate some headwinds.
Global survey shows how open-plan layouts threaten employee wellness and productivity while failing to deliver on collaboration, growth and other critical business goals—and what companies can do to address these issues
The UK launched its Industrial Strategy yesterday, seeking to tackle the UK’s pervasive slow productivity growth. Developing technical skills is one of the key recommendations, through increasing teaching of STEM subjects, enhanced Computer Science education and “T levels,” the establishment of a National Centre for Computing Education and an Institute for Coding. Coincidentally, last week BT and Accenture launched their study “Tech know-how: The new way to get ahead for the next generation.” Though they both seem on the same page in promoting tackling technology skills shortages, there are important differences in emphasis.