James Sproule soon takes up post as chief economist and director of policy at the Institute of Directors (IoD). He has a vision of the UK economy in 2014.
Interviewed on the IoD website by the outgoing chief economist, Graeme Leach, Mr Sproule talks about cautious increases in consumer spending next year. This new spending will trigger a response from companies that can demonstrate they offer value to consumers.
Companies that can respond in an agile way to digital, tech, or big data innovation will do especially well, Sprouse believes.
If this is even partially true then there will be a premium on staff with computing, coding, or analytical skills in the coming months. It might also mean enlightened employers will encourage their staff to be flexible in gaining those broad skills, whatever their background.
I was thinking about the issue of confident and skilled staff when I read a call for advice from a demoralised 51 year old in the Guardian newspaper. He is a strong performer in a hostile working environment. His health is suffering; he is looking for other work options, and doubting he has skills to offer. I believe he’ll do fine, once he embraces his opportunities.
I Tweeted my views on the situation as follows (by the way, how are you going to take action on your workplace goal for 2014?)
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