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Games-based assessment

In a previous blog (February 17th), I detailed the dark side of digital technology within working contexts. Here, I wish to redress the balance by outlining the positive use of technology in employment selection and assessment. Specifically, the developing, novel and highly interactive media of games-based assessment. Technology in selection Think back to your first-ever […]






Is job insecurity linked to extremism?

Writing in The Conversation, Dr Eva Selenko looks at the links between job insecurity, mental health and extremism: “…The list of negative consequences of job insecurity is depressingly long; the more people worry about losing their jobs the lower their mental well-being, and the more physical health complaints they report. Effects can range from occasional […]






On the management of creative professionals: A lesson from the Oliver Twins

When it comes to managing creative IT professionals, the Oliver Twins can teach us all a thing or two. As pioneers of the UK computer games industry and founders of ‘Radiant Worlds’, a thriving British games development company, Philip and Andrew Oliver have three decades’ experience of working with and managing games programmers and other […]






Cyberbullying within working contexts

Technology has revolutionised and shaped our personal and working lives. Communication, banking, healthcare, dating, shopping, education, travel, gaming, employment selection etc., have all changed as a result of advances in technology. There is no doubt that this has been a force for good; however, the use of technology can be abused and, to paraphrase from […]






 “Doing good” business: How do organizations attempt to drive positive changes in society?

Business gets a lot of bad press. We are not short of reports of bad behaviour about organizations and their members, from the LIBOR-fixing scandal to the BHS pension deficit. There is no denying that market-based organizations are massively influential within our society, however this influence can also be harnessed in positive ways. So how […]






The Changing Nature of the Contemporary Workplace and its Impact on Work-related Travel

Recent news stories have reported on an EU Court of Justice ruling about whether people should get paid for travelling to work (http://fortune.com/2015/09/11/commuting-work-pay/ , http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34210002 , http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/boost-for-care-staff-as-eu-court-rules-time-travelling-to-and-from-job-is-work-10495697.html?origin=internalSearch). While the title of many stories mistakenly referred to people being paid for commuting to work, the news item does raise interesting issues about the changing nature of […]






Working on the move: Why are motorway service station car parks and train carriages good places to work?

When sitting on trains or planes, or when passing through airports and motorway service stations it is a commonplace contemporary experience to see business travellers working. Often this involves the use of mobile phones, but may also involve working on laptops or working with paper documents. Such anecdotal experiences raise various questions about the general extent […]






New research on voluntary organisations in former mining communities

One of my main motivations in working on my PhD is that every step I take is aimed towards contributing something to my local community, the community that I have become a part of 1.5 years ago when my husband and I decided to build ourselves a future in the Barnsley area. At that time […]






‘The Billy Elliot Effect’: Gendered transitions from theatre education to work

How and why is the theatre profession gendered? This question is the starting point for a research project being undertaken by myself and Dr Catherine Rees from the Department of English and Drama at Loughborough. listen to ‘Catherine Rees and Dan Sage introduce their research into gender, creaity and the dramatic arts’ on Audioboo // […]






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Don’t be ageist: There’s room enough for all of us

There’s a lot of understandable confusion and ambivalence about the role of older workers in the UK. As a nation, we know we have a serious youth unemployment problem. Yet at the same time, we also know that we have an ageing population. Older people will need to stay in work longer, both to keep […]