Author: Johnston Vere

Counter-Offers / Temporary Fix?

Employer counter offers appear the easier option (particularly when emotions like loyalty come into play) however, it’s worth bearing the following in mind when emotions begin to muddy the water; Statistics reportedly show that around 90% of employees who accept a counter offer will leave the company within 6 months anyway – whether it be by push or jump!


Fracking – Why The Frack Not?

Fracking for shale gas is a process that has captured the public’s interest since it was first proposed in the UK (2008).

Hydraulic fracturing initially began in the late 70s for conventional oil and gas fields in the North Sea, and received little resistance compared to 2008s on-shore proposal.

Some have supported the new fracking proposals but many others have opposed it.  Those in favour argue the potential benefit for the UK energy sector and economy.  Those who opposed it, do so mainly due to the complex procedures that it involves.


Renewables in the modern era of technology (part 2)

Renewable energy harvesting has been continuously developed to create an ever improving portfolio of technologies.  Some of these breakthroughs are truly astonishing and have been positioned at the forefront of this generation.  They’ve been spurred on by a demand for the dismissal of fossil fuels as a source of energy, in order to preserve the earth for future generations.


Renewables in the modern era of Technology (part 1)

Technological advancements are being discovered daily, and when it comes to renewable energy harvesting, the speed of results are astonishing.  A major driving force behind these advancements was the Climate change act 2008 (discussed in the previous blog), generally known as the ‘Paris deal’ where the agreement was signed in 2015. Almost 200 countries pledged to reduce CO2 pollution (-80%) by 2050.


Hinkley C – what’s really going on

Driving forces

The main driving force behind re-booting and re-vamping nuclear as a source of low-carbon energy is the Climate Change Act.  This did not happen overnight; in fact, it took 20 years of talks and debates to reach a final agreement in Paris; in the end close to 200 countries signed. The main target of the deal is to reach near zero carbon emissions by 2050 (80% reduction), subsequently diminishing climate change and the dangerous effects of this modern phenomenon.

The methods used to achieve this 80% reduction are set by each country; putting the onus on governments to decide on their solutions for carbon emissions.  Some have opted to invest heavily in new technologies that harvest natural resources such as; solar, wind, and tidal.  Others have looked to the past and for methods that don’t rely on the sun shining or the wind blowing, this being nuclear.


5 great reasons to hold work fundraisers

The Basics

In the main charities depend upon donations and fundraising events to generate their income.  Positivity is a two-way street and the generosity displayed by the general public and businesses really does have a positive impact on people’s lives (this is obvious). Oxfam, for instance, had a positive impact on the lives of 11.6 million people last year, this wouldn’t have been possible without donations!  So why not take advantage and get involved?

Here are 5 reasons to start fundraising;


Corporate Social Responsibility – Origins & Implementation

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) concept and roots

The Financial Times defines Corporate Social Responsibility as; “a business approach that contributes to sustainable development by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all stakeholders.”  Many people believe that businesses should help with social issues as they have the means to do so.

Over the decades this concept has continued to develop since first emerging before WWII with examples going back to the Victorian era (the Cadburys family).  The idea guides businesses to not only think about their employees and customers but society as a whole


A Win-Win Guide To A Happier More Productive Working Environment

Getting wellbeing right

Wellbeing is a topic that has (historically) been dismissed by some employers; those with the attitude of “employees get paid a wage so they must be happy!”

This is, in most cases, due to a lack of knowledge when it comes to the fruitful ‘win-win’ benefits of paying attention to employee wellbeing.

Wellbeing is defined as “the state of feeling healthy and happy”.  This may all sound a little 1970’s ‘hippie’, however, there are growing catalogues of research that stress the importance of the wellbeing concept.


Uncharted Waters – A View Of The UK EU Divorce

The outcome of the EU referendum carries many implications both for businesses and workers. Businesses face uncertainty as stocks become unpredictable creating market volatility; workers are burdened with the anxiety of job insecurity and both are faced with the issue of not knowing which legislations will or will not change and how significant this will be in relation to them.


The Gamble – A View On The EU Referendum

The EU referendum has been on the world’s mind; whether it is businesses inside or outside of the EU, workers in the UK or the millions of Brits employed abroad. The decision on our future role within Europe is imminent.