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Posts by Barry Wakelin:

How to run a green home office and reduce your carbon footprint

ClearPeople Operations Director Barry Wakelin published these tips on our company intranet for saving money and energy when working from home – and reducing your home office carbon footprint into the bargain. We thought they were good enough to share.

As you know, ClearPeople is a completely virtual company. We all work from home, which provides us with work/life balance and reduces our carbon footprint by removing the need to travel to an office every day.

These are fantastic benefits, but it also means that we are now individually responsible for our environmental impact - we are now in charge of reducing our carbon footprint in and outside of working hours; we’re now Chief Procurement Office and Energy Efficiency Monitor.

Our carbon footprint as a business has been dispersed to individual homes. And with the cost of energy being one of the biggest contributors to rapidly rising inflation in the UK, and our impact on the planet in stark focus, now's a good time to review our personal behaviour, consider energy choices and find ways to save money and benefit the planet.

The role of Microsoft Teams within Project Management

Collaboration and communication across the organisation is essential for project management teams.

Siloes of One

Here we go again… lockdown mk2.

Successful remote working is so much more than just Zoom or MS Teams

So, like everyone else, you’ve been forced into adopting Teams, Zoom or some other collaboration platform to enable your business to survive and thrive in 2020 and beyond.

Is the intranet dead?

‘Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated’ wrote Mark Twain back in 1897. Much the same could probably be said of the intranet. 

Brave New World

“How beauteous mankind is!

O brave new world

That has such people in't!”

Some thoughts on working from home

It’s an oft-repeated comment, but we really are having to learn to live our lives in ways that are as novel as Covid-19 itself. How long we’ll have to do so remains something of a mystery but with no vaccine in sight, we can assume that it’s going to be for longer than we might perhaps like. So, how am I managing my self-isolation and what might be the upsides?

Predictions for 2019

Well they never said this job would be easy! Looking back on my predictions for 2018 I can see that they fell into two camps – the rise of AI and the rise of employee power. I’d say that AI has made significant strides in 2018 but that, as yet, it’s not increased its reach in the business world as fast as I’d predicted. So that makes the 2019 predictions very straightforward – AI will become a dominant force in the business world next year. Or will it?