Blog : BOARD TALK
|Posted on January 11, 2017 at 12:05 AM|
The UK government is to be applauded today for starting a £1.7 million National Minimum Wage campaign, complete with a list of published excuses people use not to cough up.
Looking at said excuses, I have to wonder at the levels of intelligence, knowledge and judgement. It's no wonder we are now in this stalled mess of Brexit. When will we learn to call it a problem before it escalates into a much bigger one?
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|Posted on December 23, 2016 at 1:30 PM|
|Posted on December 1, 2016 at 3:45 PM|
It's funny - except it isn't - how the gap between what the person on the street thinks and big business does not appear to be narrowing, despite all this talk about "re-establishing trust in business."
There is a lot of talk about on executive pay, with the launch of the UK government's consultation on corporate governance.
So, listen to ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM|
An intrinsic part of any campaign for better business, no matter how small or large it is, is about looking at the way it treats its people - from employee to CEO.
Last week the UK government named and shamed those not paying the National Minimum Wage - mentioned in my last blog post. But levels and attitudes to pay also a...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 20, 2016 at 2:30 PM|
A lot of noise has been made around closing the gender pay gap in the UK - and here is the government's consultation.
The trouble with this approach, however, has always been that it holds huge potential for absolutely nothing to change, while simultaneously giving the impression that everyone has been very busy trying to bring about said change.
Now a ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 6, 2016 at 9:30 AM|
Investors and regulators keep talking about corporate culture, and how important it is to setting the tone of a business. What about executive pay ? When total variable pay represents more than 58 times salary and is stratospherically unrelated to what the average employee earns, surely something is very wrong on culture.
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|Posted on January 18, 2016 at 12:10 PM|
Back in the heady days of 2011 when we all spent a lot of time in the UK talking about gender diversity, there was just the very occasional mention of something rather important: the role of (mostly male and probably mostly white) middle managers in UK plc when it comes to the promotion of diversity.
Today, five years later, we learn that when it comes to middle management, the UK ranks highly in Europe in terms of its base-salary offering, moving past Denmark, Belgium and N...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 26, 2015 at 4:20 PM|
Is Amber the new Blue ?
It is surprising that 40% of FTSE 100 companies received an amber IVIS report in 2015, given that they are working within the policies approved by shareholders last year, says Linklaters, the global law firm.
Most remuneration reports were approved with a substantial majority, and only one report ( Intertek plc ) was rejected, it reveals in its snapshot o...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 27, 2014 at 2:15 PM|
There was a lot of 'irritation' about in the UK last week, both articulated and just hanging about in the air, like pollen.
My OED says that 'to irritate' means 'to make annoyed or angry.' But it also means 'to produce an active response.' So, like most things, your perspective is key to your judgement on this matter. Irritation isn't always such a bad thing for the boardroom.
At the much-watched Barclays AGM,Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM|
A lot of what we think of as choices are not - they are simply habit.
By that I mean we don't think about them - or at least, we don't notice ourselves thinking about them until we give ourselves a jolt. In a developed society in particular, the way we work and what we do is also a daily choice - more accurately, a multitude of them.
So I have spent the last week wondering if I am crazy to ask why we can't change the way choices are made by professionals a...Read Full Post »