Are you leaving productivity on the factory floor?

Those who are not engaged will let it happen, and those actively disengaged may actually undermine the implementation.

Are you leaving productivity on the factory floor?

Gemma Stanbridge, ViAGO International Limited We all have heard how important it is to have workers who are engaged with their roles and motivated to put their best into what they do. Despite this, recent research reports only 12% of construction, manufacturing, and production workers worldwide are engaged in their roles.[1] Sixty-four percent of workers […]

Worried about artificial intelligence?

How fast is the global technological frontier moving? Some argue that it is moving very fast and accelerating. Certainly, in some fields, like artificial intelligence, the evidence points in that direction.

Worried about artificial intelligence?

Productivity Commission Chair, Murray Sherwin, CNZM We’ve been asked at the Productivity Commission to explore the impact of technological change on the future of work. This month we released New Zealand, technology and productivity – the first of four reports on the topic. We’ve been assigned the task because Ministers are genuinely troubled about the […]

How highly productive traditional industries can lead the wellbeing charge

Treasury’s Living Standards Framework (LSF) encompasses the ‘four capitals’ – natural, human, social, and financial/physical – which affect our wellbeing as a nation and as a citizenry.

How highly productive traditional industries can lead the wellbeing charge

Comment from: -Dr Troy Coyle, CEO, HERA -Dr Ganesh Nana, chief economist, BERL New Zealand is currently under the leadership of a coalition Government with a staunch focus on wellbeing, and business and industry need to understand how this focus changes the way they should assess their bottom line and their general contribution to the […]

Bringing graphene and new materials to market

‎ Careful planning is essential in the phase when research and commercialisation start to overlap. Particularly due to the sharp contrast between the languages that are used in academia and industry.

Bringing graphene and new materials to market

Remember the computer triode? Unless you’re an early-tech enthusiast, it’s unlikely. Used as switches in the first electronic computers, these vacuum tubes consumed a great deal of power. They were unreliable and upon the invention of silicon chips, were quickly replaced.  A new material has the potential to shift entire industries. Here, Kari Hjelt, Head […]

Businesses urged to forget about AI and get back to basics

The technology itself should be a minimal part of a conversation that is dominated by understanding the business itself and its objectives.

Businesses urged to forget about AI and get back to basics

The average New Zealand SME business uses about eight different cloud applications without seeing any noticeable improvement in productivity or profit. Technology commentator and chief technology officer at OneHQ, Warren Hughes, said that while technology is seen by many as the solution to New Zealand’s productivity problems – the latest shiny object is artificial intelligence […]

Editorial July issue NZM: Be creative, don’t rely on technology

If you own or work for one of the high-flying tech businesses in our world then you need to check   if you are using the technology properly or indeed actually doing any thing with it. Making things that is!

Editorial July issue NZM: Be creative, don’t rely on technology

-Doug Green, Publisher. I am sure you know this and are still working out what you can do without – on a company and personal level. Simply, if we are doing well it is from the creative efforts emanating from our minds not from a robot or piece of technology. If we have four good […]

Smart technologies can improve safety in the oil and gas industry

The first step is to identify and categorise different types of incidents happening onsite and establish their impacts on costs and productivity. To do this effectively, organisations should develop an incident classification matrix tailored to their work environments.

Smart technologies can improve safety in the oil and gas industry

By Gaurav Sharma, Head of Industries Business, ANZ, Cognizant Employee safety remains a key concern within the oil and gas sector. The nature of tasks and activities makes it a riskier industry than others. Workers’ fatigue is another factor increasing that risk. However, the oil and gas industry is in a prime position to take […]

People, people, people – the future of work

I mentioned before the future of work is about people, people, people. We are currently witnessing the rise of the impact enterprise and social enterprise structures, which enable meaningful work, and might I add drive a significant level of innovation.

People, people, people – the future of work

So, I challenge you. When imaging the future of work, put people at the centre.  Adele Rose – 3R Group Chief Executive What is the future of work? Is it a world filled with automation – machines ceaselessly performing tasks humans once did, never tiring, never falling ill, generating maximum profit? I believe he tangata, […]

The revival of strikes in New Zealand

Political and economic factors, long term or short term, cannot explain all. The subjective side of strikes is also important.

The revival of strikes in New Zealand

Last year, more than 70,000 workers walked off their jobs in New Zealand – the highest number of people on strike since the late 1980s. The reasons for the strike wave are political and economic.  Strikes were supposedly something of the alleged “bad old days” of the 1970s. But during the first year of Aotearoa […]

Energy efficiency on the land

The New Zealand government and the advisory sector provide practical advice and funding to help the agriculture economy to reduce their impact on climate change.

Energy efficiency on the land

-Edgar Ludwig, consulting engineer for energy efficiency Efficient use of fossil fuel and electricity will help farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the energy bill. While fossil fuel is mainly used for the vehicle fleet, electricity is used for running equipment such as milk processing and feed processing. Each farm is different and there […]

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