Category: recruitment

Construction and social mobility

photo of Carmen Antiqueira

“There’s a business case for tackling the issue of social mobility” says Making The Leap’s Carmen Antiqueira, who wants more construction businesses to showcase their achievements in the Social Mobility Awards 2019. On 19 March, I attended a business seminar about social mobility, organised by Making the Leap, a London-based charity that improves social mobility …

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It will take more than an app to improve the image of construction

Tim Fitch

“Leaders in construction who are either ignorant of or scornful of social media are failing the younger generation.” This is an updated and expanded version of a post – Could an app improve the image of construction? – which first appeared on my ExtranetEvolution.com blog last week. The recent Constructing Excellence 2014 national members convention attracted about …

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Technopop offers AEC STEM learning opportunity

Technopop London is a new four-week, pop-up festival that will be bringing cutting-edge science, technology, design and innovation to schools, students and families in London this autumn. Run by a newly created social enterprise, Technopop Ltd, it aims to educate children about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), encourage and support the diversity agenda, and work with local community groups …

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LinkedIn or Locked Out?

Some social media advice can raise unnecessary fears or lead to the imposition of inappropriate restrictions. I was recently forwarded a copy of a newsletter from an East Anglian firm of solicitors, Birketts. Aimed at human resources professionals, the HR matters newsletter included an article about LinkedIn which might alarm employers whose staff use LinkedIn …

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Can staff criticise the boss?

A blog post on Friday from eConsultancy ‘s Graham Charlton, One in five employees uses social media to criticise the boss, caught my attention. It quoted research by MyJobGroup who surveyed 1,000 UK employees, revealing that one in five would “take a pop at their boss”. It seems that most employees (70%) were unaware of …

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Ban social media, lose the marketing war, lose staff

Yesterday I came across a great post: Why multinationals are losing the marketing war, by Chris Rand who asserts: the biggest barrier to engaging with customers and prospects online remains the corporate IT environment. He says too many companies block access to tools like Facebook and Twitter just as they used to restrict access to …

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Next from UBM: the Building Network

Having seen UBM sister publication Property Week establish an online community in September, Building magazine has followed suit, with The Building Network, also hosted on the Ning platform. I discovered this after noticing some familiar-sounding links on Twitter. What used to be a flow of news headlines and job vacancies from @BuildingSite now appears to …

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Goodbye, CJ

Earlier today, the Twitter grapevine tweeted the news that UK construction industry weekly magazine Contract Journal (CJ) and its website, contractjournal.com, is to be shut down from the end of this month. The announcement by parent company Reed Business Information was made in an email (a tweet from Kirstie Colledge of Simply Marcomms prompted me …

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Avoiding the ‘Glass Box’

Following my CIMCIG talk earlier this month (post), I have exchanged a couple of emails with fellow AEC social media enthusiast, Oona Webster, who works for Leicestershire-based Geosynthetics. She made the following point (reproduced with her permission): ‘The Glass Box’ If social media has the potential to extend a business’s marketing force to include every …

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Time to replace command-and-control

Through B L Ochman’s  blog, I learned about a new report on social media adoption by website usability pioneer Jakob Nielsen which says major corporations often take three to five years to incorporate collaboration tools into their intranets – but once they do, and once they change their command and control corporate culture, positive change …

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