A wicked blueprint for tackling Tesco’s woes

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Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Cass Business School, City, University of London

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Imagine taking over the reins of a firm which only a few years ago was regarded as one of the best run companies in the UK, but now routinely posted declining market share, moribund profits, and mounting negative coverage in the press. Once there were television shows joking about your firm declaring war and taking over Denmark. Today, the company look less like a world beater and more world weary. Your business model looks increasingly out of date. And to add insult to injury, your predecessor tried to turn around the fortunes of this great company by offering Zumba classes .

This is the situation which Dave Lewis will face as he takes over as CEO of Tesco. The retailer remains one the largest companies in the UK, with 6,784 stores and 597,784 employees. It controls 28.8% of the UK retail food market. It also operates in banking, mobile phones, insurance and many other areas. Many thousands of suppliers throughout the UK and beyond rely on the stores as an outlet for their goods. It continues to make a sizeable profit.

What is the problem you might ask? Well, Tesco has warned investors that instead of an expected £2.8 billion profit, it would “only” make £2.4 billion while the dividend is cut by 75%. Nearly 8% was wiped off the value of Tesco’s shares when markets opened. They later recovered to a more respectable 4% loss but this still meant the shares were back to 2003 levels.

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But it wasn’t just this profit warning that rankled with investors. Rather, this is just the latest bad news for the company. Alongside declining market share, the firm has recently seen its CEO pushed out after only a few years , a slew of negative comments in the business press, and a widespread sense that something drastic needs to be done.

Underlying all this complaining are some deeper problems. There is the increasing cost of basic commodities such as food around the planet. Tesco’s growth has been premised on the long run decline in food prices around the world as mechanisation has made food more plentiful and cheaper. However, in the past years, there has been a long-run increase in food prices as globe demand out-strips supply, innovations in food production don’t match increasing demands and global warming takes it toll.

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Another fundamental problem facing Tesco is its reliance on a large middle-class. The model of supermarkets emerged following World War Two with the expanding middle class which had more free income to spend on food and other items which went beyond the basics. Today, we see this middle class who has shopped at Tesco (and other supermarkets) for generations slowly but surely declining . The disappearance of relatively safe jobs and increasing costs of living mean that many struggle to get by. Those supermarkets which serve the extreme ends of the spectrum (Aldi and Lidl and their struggling consumers, and Waitrose with their wealthier consumers) are doing well. Those stuck with the increasingly desperate middle class find themselves also increasingly desparate.

Foodie danger

The third fundamental problem is that what Tesco trades in has become one of the great battle-grounds of contemporary life. The British were once famously indifferent to food; they would even take pride in enduring the excessively disgusting fare served up across the nation. Today, we have seen a sea-change where food has become one of the benchmark topics of cultural life – alongside exercise, and maybe the diets and exercise regimes of celebrities.

It is no particular surprise that a minor kerfuffle over a baked Alaska on television baking show became national headline news. This should be good news for supermarkets – presumably they could become temples for induldging this new-found gastro-sprituality. Unfortunately this is not the case.

With the rise of what Steven Poole calls Foodism , we see supermarkets becoming one of the most important ideological battle grounds of our age. They are constantly monitored by activists, governments as well as food obsessed consumers. They become the focus of constant public debate and scandal. What this could mean in the forseeable future is that supermarkets will become as important a regulatory target as banks are today. The result for companies like Tesco is that they may spend as long trying to avoid scandals as they do serving their customers.

The final fundamental problem which Tesco faces is that its basic business model is declining. It has invested heavily in bricks and mortar and is in many ways a real-estate company which is excellent at identifying new retail sites, getting access from councils, developing them, and then renting space out to others. One big income stream for the company is renting out shelf-space to companies which produce food-stuffs. While this model worked well for Tesco, customers had to pay with the awful and alienating experience of the weekly supermarket shop.

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Suppliers had to pay the increasingly high prices to have their goods actually on the shelf. Now this model seems to be breaking down in two ways. Budget retailers like Aldi and Lidl spend less effort on renting out shelf-space and more driving a hard bargain with suppliers once a year. And the rise of online shopping means increasing numbers of consumers are staying home and having their shopping delivered. This makes large stores increasingly useful only for elderly consumers who have nothing else to do but make a visit to the local Tesco.

These are not just run-of-the-mill problems which can be solved with a bit of sustained intellectual effort. They are what political scientists call wicked-problems : those that are difficult or impossible to solve due to incomplete, contradictory or changing requirements; deep interconnection with other issues; and a lack of a template for solving them. Wicked problems tend to be hard to contain or even understand. It is impossible to know which levers to pull, because pulling one will often solve the problem in one place, but create new problems in another. Classic examples include global warming, conflict in the Middle East, or transport planning in a city like London.

Over to you, Lewis

Any attempts to solve Tesco’s problems are likely to create others; there are no obvious solutions. Think for instance of dealing with rising global food prices: you could increase prices to increase profits, but this is likely to drive consumers away which would decrease market share and profits. Selling off stores to make a more whole-hearted move online could future-proof your business, but this is likely to be costly and you are likely to lose customers. These are the kind of almost impossible trade-offs which Dave Lewis now faces.

His first step is perhaps to stop seeing them as tame problems – they cannot be fixed easily using established templates. What is needed are novel solutions which will take some time to work through. The second is to stop trying to fix things with one-off, big-bang solutions that are likely to be a disaster. What is often called for by wicked problems is incremental experimentation and adaptation. Good enough solutions are likely to emerge in a bottom-up fashion. The third step is to provide some direction which puts a lid on workers’ anxieties.

When facing wicked problems, good leaders provide incisive and insightful ways for understanding the problems the organisation faces. They can also offer assurance that they have the confidence and capacity to find solutions which will work. But perhaps most important, they are able to provide their people with the protection and space which is needed to actually deal with the wicked problems at hand one step at a time.

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Tesco gives permanent jobs to 16,000 staff taken on in Covid crisis

Decision comes on back of surge in online grocery trade and home deliveries

Tesco is to permanently employ 16,000 extra staff taken on during the pandemic to help support a surge in online grocery trade.

The roles include 10,000 pickers, who select and pack grocery orders for home delivery, and 3,000 drivers, as well as a variety of other roles in stores and distribution centres.

Tesco’s move comes after the electrical goods specialist AO.com, the DIY chain Kingfisher and the delivery firms DPD and Hermes hired thousands more workers combined to cope with the rise in home deliveries.

However, the shift online has hit high streets hard, with Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Boots among the chains shutting stores and cutting jobs. London department store Liberty is also planning redundancies via a voluntary scheme under which at least 50 of its 550-plus UK team are expected to go.

The UK’s biggest supermarket said it had already hired 4,000 other permanent staff since the start of the pandemic, during which it took on more than 40,000 temporary workers to help cope with higher demand and to cover for those forced to self-isolate. Some of those workers, who included pilots, pub staff and others put on furlough from their usual jobs, have now returned to their posts or found new work elsewhere.

The hiring comes as online groceries have risen to 16% of Tesco’s sales during the pandemic, up from about 9% at the beginning of the year. The supermarket is expecting online sales of £5.5bn this year, up from £3.3bn last year.

The supermarket’s experience reflects rapid growth in online sales across the UK so that home deliveries now account for 13.5% of the grocery market, up from 7.4% before lockdown.

Overall grocery sales are also up strongly as the move to working from home and closure of schools prompted a switch to home cooked meals and away from meals at restaurants, coffee shops and canteens.

The growth in the online market has prompted Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose all to expand their delivery networks. Amazon has also stepped up its activity, offering its Prime subscription customers free grocery delivery .

The supermarkets are also gearing up to make the most of Ocado’s switch from partnering with Waitrose to Marks & Spencer next week which could prompt some shoppers to change provider.

Online growth is not expected to be particularly helpful for profits at the supermarkets, however, as the need to take on new staff, buy vans and add other equipment for delivery systems all add to costs and potentially take sales away from stores.

But retail analyst Clive Black said that a move towards larger online orders and better efficiency was helping. “The step-up in the overall value of the UK grocery market, in revenue terms, and the migration from modest loss-making to marginal profitability [online] means that we see the UK supermarkets as emerging butter side up from the step-change in online grocery activity,” he said.

Tesco brought in 400 extra vans and changed shopping hours so more orders could be picked in stores to help expand its service to almost 1.5 million customers a week online, up from about 600,000 at the start of the pandemic.

Jason Tarry, the head of Tesco in the UK and Ireland, said: “Since the start of the pandemic, our colleagues have helped us to more than double our online capacity, safely serving nearly 1.5 million customers every week and prioritising vulnerable customers to ensure they get the food they need. These new roles will help us continue to meet online demand for the long term.”

Alongside creating the permanent roles, Tesco said it planned to support the government’s Kickstart work placement scheme by offering places to 1,000 young people. More than 80 young people will join internship schemes in stores, distribution centres and offices next month. Almost 50 students also joined Tesco’s summer internship programme this year, which was delivered virtually.

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How we create an inclusive working environment

Last updated 11/8/2022

At Tesco, inclusion means that Everyone’s Welcome. Everyone is treated fairly and with respect; by valuing individuality and uniqueness we create a sense of belonging.​

Diversity and inclusion has always been at the heart of Tesco. It is embedded in our values: we treat people how they want to be treated. We always want our colleagues to feel they can be themselves at work and we are committed to helping them be at their best.

Across the Tesco group we are building an inclusive workplace, a place to actively celebrate the cultures, personalities and preferences of our colleagues – who in turn help to build the success of our business, and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

The Tesco PLC Board is fully committed to building an increasingly diverse business where all colleagues are given equal opportunities through recruitment, learning and development and actively champion and support our Colleague Networks and training on the importance of Inclusion.


We strive to create a workforce that reflects our customers not only here in the UK, but worldwide. Our aim is to attract and welcome a diverse range of applicants from all different backgrounds.

All of our applicants and colleagues will be treated fairly and as such we have a zero tolerance approach to bullying, discrimination or harassment of any kind at Tesco.


To ensure that we are continuing to build a truly inclusive workplace, a place that actively celebrates the unique differences of our colleagues, we must create and maintain a culture that does not tolerate harassment in any form; whether these acts are committed by a Tesco colleague or by a supplier partner or third party towards a Tesco colleague.

Every colleague has a responsibility to raise acts of harassment they witness to a manager, and managers are accountable for actively challenging any inappropriate behaviour they personally see and resolve complaints that are raised to them.

You can find Tesco’s ‘Bullying and Harassment’ policy  here , which outlines our approach and the standards of behaviour that we expect of our Tesco colleagues, supplier partners and third parties.

UK Colleague Networks

The aim of our colleague networks is to promote equality throughout the organisation and enable our D&I aspirations by supporting the business making inclusive decisions for colleagues, customers and the community.

Colleagues can come together to discuss shared challenges, find out how others grow their careers and network with like-minded colleagues across the business and gain the support of mentors.

We work with a number of external organisations to support us with this including, Business in the Community, Business Disability Forum, Stonewall, Be Inspired and Investing in Ethnicity. We have 6 Colleague Networks in the UK:

1. Armed Forces at Tesco

We work to support colleagues and people in the Armed Forces community. Armed Forces at Tesco brings together both former and current members of the Armed Forces and those who want to show their support, as well as coordinating activities to help colleagues meet each other and find their way at Tesco. For us there are three groups of people we think we can make the biggest difference to.

The first is in providing support to former service personnel in their search for a civilian job – this may not necessarily be with Tesco. We recognise the value of their exceptional transferable skills such as leadership, an ability to cope under pressure, and the ability to work in a team as a part of a large-scale organisation. If veterans decide a career at Tesco is for them then they can be assured that the support does not end with their employment. For example, Veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can have up to ten days (pro rata) off work to attend specialist treatment through a recognised support organisation each year.

Recognising the qualities military service brings to people in our business, we also seek to support colleagues who are reservists. Tesco’s policies allow them paid time off to attend compulsory two week training each year and an additional five days off (pro-rata) each year to support their reservist activities.

The final group we’re looking to support is the families of serving members of the armed forces. Where we have family members of service personnel employed, we will be flexible and accommodating to allow them to have time off before their loved one is deployed. We also work to transfer colleagues where they need to move elsewhere in the UK due to military reasons.

We are proud to be a Gold member Government’s  Armed Forces Covenant  which is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. We first signed the Covenant in 2014 and re-signed again in 2018.

2. Disability at Tesco

Our network vision is that every decision we take as a business should consider disability – both colleagues and customers.

We use the skills and experience of the people with disabilities, their friends and allies within our organisation to help transform our business. We celebrate significant dates in the disability calendar, such as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities to increase awareness and drive change.

We are a proud ‘ Disability Confident employer ’ (Level 2). We offer activities to get the right people for our business and have programmes in place to attract, develop and retain disabled talent.

In the UK, we have established a strong relationship with  Remploy  and  Shaw Trust , who help us find skilled and dedicated people with disabilities to work with us. We also provide a work experience programme for disabled children through the British mobility equipment charity,  Whizz-Kidz .

We have a partnership with the  Business Disability Forum , which provides support and expertise in building disability-smart organisations. We are also signatories to the  Valuable 500  that aims to revolutionise disability inclusion through business leadership and opportunity.

3. LGBTQ+ at Tesco

LGBTQ+ at Tesco was established in 2005 and is one of the largest LGBTQ+ colleague networks in Europe.

The network exists to support and empower our LGBTQ+ colleagues so that they feel confident to be themselves at work and be the best that they can be.

We want to connect our members together in a safe environment, and provide support for those who need it as well as career development opportunities. We seek to educate the business on a range of issues and the spectrum of identities and celebrate our diverse workforce. We want Tesco to be a business where everyone is welcome, which uses its scale for good and where everyone is an ally.

LGBTQ+ at Tesco also advocates on behalf of our LGBTQ+ customers and works across the LGBTQ+ community to support a range of initiatives and charities.

We are delighted to take part and support a number of Pride events across the country and are joined each year by over 1,000 colleagues from across the Tesco Group.

We are a proud member of Stonewall Global Diversity Champions Programme and the Open for Business coalition to support LGBTQ+ inclusion around the world.

In addition, we are also signatories of the United Nations Standards of Conduct for Business on tackling discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.

4. Race & Ethnicity at Tesco

We are committed to supporting our all our ethnic minority colleagues and we were proud to have entered the award arena for the first time; achieving top 10 at the Ethnicity Awards in the ERG/Network category.

The Race & Ethnicity at Tesco network aims to make a difference by raising awareness of diversity, culture and inclusion within Tesco, helping Tesco to serve customers from all backgrounds and communities a little better every day. The network’s vision is to connect colleagues from all ethnicities to develop their careers and ensure Tesco is recognised as a great place to work.

In the last year the Race & Ethnicity at Tesco network contributed unique knowledge and experience to support the development of new colleague resources to help raise awareness of the BLM movement; including how to have great conversations guide, D&I glossary, how to be an ally guide.

In 2019 we signed up to the  Race at Work Charter  and are working to implement its five calls to action to tackle barriers that ethnic minority people can face. These include appointing an executive level champion for race, board level commitment to a zero tolerance of harassment and taking action that support ethnic minority career progression – all of which have been actioned.

Investing in Ethnicity; our second partnership aids with driving change using best practices. With the assistance from the maturity matrix we work in partnership to deliver action and create change. Offering our senior leaders, allies and steering committee bespoke sessions whilst having the opportunity to network with other organisations.

5. Women at Tesco

Women at Tesco have told us that they want to feel inspired and empowered to drive their careers forward. They want to be able to get advice and listen to life stories from both leaders and their peers in order to help them make the right choices.

We will facilitate the opportunity for all colleagues to be part of our wider network and encourage colleagues to build their own network which supports them through every stage of their career. Women at Tesco champions gender diversity and promotes a culture of diverse and inclusive thinking, where women feel confident to share their views and articulate how they add value to the business.

It is important to us to support women’s health and mental wellbeing too. In 2020 we became a founding partner of the “every women promise” with the Eve Appeal.

“ We are very proud to be a founding signatory to the eve appeal’s every woman promise, and to provide further advice and resources to our colleagues in this vital area of health. By encouraging more conversations about the menopause, we want to remove the stigma of talking about it, and increase the support for the large number of our colleagues who experience it in the workplace.”

Tesco are part of the 30% Club, a campaign group of Chairs and CEOs taking action to increase gender diversity on boards and senior management teams. We have signed up to a PWC led initiative called Tech She Can which aims to encourage women to consider careers in Technology.

We committed under the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter to have one third female representation at Board, Executive Committee and Direct level at Tesco Bank by end of 2022.

Even if our colleagues are not part of a colleague network we want to ensure that everyone feels included in our business. Some other inclusion initiatives include:

6. Parents and Carers and Tesco

Parents and Carers at Tesco is our newest colleague network, established in February 2022.

We understand that balancing the responsibilities of being a parent or carer whilst working can create some unique challenges for our colleagues. From returning to work after parental leave, juggling multiple caring roles, navigating career development alongside part-time or flexible working and more.  

That’s why this network supports colleagues who have parental or caring responsibilities of any kind.

This network provides support and advice to help make the realities of working life easier, leading discussion around the key issues and challenges facing parents and carers. It also help shapes Tesco policy and approach to these issues, including shared parental leave, neonatal care, fertility treatment, baby loss, home-schooling, supporting colleagues into parenthood, and elder care support.

Many older people wish to remain in work or semi-retirement and our customers value older people's experience. In the UK, we include people of all ages in our  apprenticeship , A-Level and graduate programmes, giving them the opportunity to develop their careers.

Other groups

Through our Regeneration Partnership stores, we guarantee a significant proportion of jobs for long-term unemployed people. This is in addition to the work we do to attract applications through Jobcentre Plus to all our UK stores.

Young People

We have clear UK policies regarding the recruitment, training and working hours of children and young people within our business. The policy information also outlines our approach to safeguarding to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Our Launch Disability Programme supports young people facing barriers to work, due to disability and health conditions, into employment. The programme is in partnership with Remploy, Shaw Trust, Ingeus, Pluss, Mencap, Maximus, Whizz-Kidz and Reed, who will provide confidence and self-esteem training prior to young people completing a 2-week placement in one of our stores.

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Problem Solving Skills at Work: Crucial Tips for Managers and Employees Alike

James Elliott

Research has shown that interpersonal and problem-solving skills are the main drivers for workplace performance, not IQ. If you’re looking to build a kickass team, we think you should pack it full of great problem-solvers, and in this article, we’ll convince you of that too. 

After we’ve looked at what problem-solving skills actually are and why they’re so important, we’ll look at four great problem-solving techniques your team can use straight away. We’ll then finish off by looking at the best way to assess the problem-solving skills of your candidates. 

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What Actually Are Problem-Solving Skills?

Why are problem-solving skills so important at work, 4 common problem-solving techniques teams can use at work, skills testing – the best way to assess problem-solving skills when hiring.

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The Oxford Dictionary describes problem-solving as “the process of finding solutions to difficult or complex issues.”

But come on, James. Surely we already know what problem-solving skills are, it’s being able to solve a problem, right? At one level, you’re correct, but have you ever tried breaking down how you solve a problem? There’s a lot more to it – let me explain the process.

As you can see, problem-solving skills are actually pretty complex. They’re underpinned by a range of other skills such as: 

That’s why being an excellent problem-solver isn’t straightforward. It requires a broad mix of hard and soft skills that have to be executed together to effectively solve a problem. 

The modern workplace is full of problems that need solving. As technology enables organizations to move faster, employees have to be able to solve complex problems fast. 

“Employers like to see good problem-solving skills because it also helps to show them you have a range of other competencies such as logic, creativity, resilience, imagination, lateral thinking, and determination.”

Here are some of the benefits amazing problem solvers bring to an organization and those around them. 

Problem-Solvers Work Well Under Pressure

When a problem arises, it needs to be fixed quickly. Employees with amazing problem-solving skills roll with the punches and tight deadlines to deliver when it matters. 

To do this, expert problem-solvers react quickly to short-term situations while thinking proactively about future problems. That ability to act fast and effectively exuberates confidence, creating a sense of calm across the wider team.

They Create Amazing New Ideas

Problem-solving and creative thinking go hand-in-hand. The best problem-solvers don’t just put bandaids over an issue, they fix them in a dynamic, value-adding way. 

Exciting, out-of-the-box thinking isn’t just good in the moment but creates an exciting, innovative culture across the organization. That helps organizations stay ahead of the curve and attracts other expert problem-solvers to join the organization, improving the workforce’s capability over time. 

Problems Create Risk, and Problem-Solvers Fix Problems

From an organizational perspective, problems create risk. Even if a business process is slightly off-kilter, it can become a much greater issue. 

Problem-solvers help organizations reduce risk in the moment while mitigating future risks before they even occur. That helps everyone sleep sounder at night and also removes financial liability from the c-suite. 

Problem-Solvers Beat The Competition

Ultimately, excellent problem-solvers help organizations stay ahead of their competition. Whether through creative ideas, faster outputs, or reduced risk, organizations with awesome problem solvers find themselves delivering better products and services to their clients. 

And as we all know, it’s the people that make an organization great, and problem-solvers are some of the best people out there! 

If you’ve got a team of wannabe problem-solvers, the good news is that it’s a skill that can be improved over time. 

Here are four problem-solving techniques you and your team can use to tackle problems in your day-to-day business.

Understanding a Problem – 5 Whys

If you’re trying to get your head around a problem, the 5 whys technique is a great way to uncover the root cause. 

When presented with a problem, ask why that problem exists. Then for each answer, ask again four more times until you’ve drilled right down into the root cause of the problem. 

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This great diagram from MindTools shows the 5 whys problem-solving technique perfectly, drilling down into this delivery problem until the true issue is identified. 

Analyzing a Problem – SWOT Analysis

Once you understand the root cause of a problem, you need to analyze the position you find yourself in to decide what to do next. 

SWOT is a tool that’s useful across the business world, but for problem-solving, it’s a great way to begin formalizing a solution by considering the following:

By viewing your problem, and a potential solution through the SWOT lens, you consider the internal and external perspectives to come up with a well-rounded solution. 

Formulate Creative Solutions – Design Thinking

If your problem-solvers are struggling with new ideas, design thinking helps you get a fresh and unique perspective. 

The 5-step process first helps problem solvers empathize with the problem, then begin defining and developing new ideas before prototyping and testing them. 

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Design thinking helps cut out the noise and refocus on the real-life benefits a solution can deliver. If you’d like to read more, check out this article on design thinking for problem-solving . 

Implementing Action Plans – Trial & Error

For problem-solvers that need to come up with solutions fast, adopting a trial and error mindset helps deploy ideas quickly and gain rapid feedback. 

When you take the trial and error approach, you commit to simply going ahead and trying different options to solve a given problem. When one fails, you stop and start over with another option. 

The key here is to be comfortable with failure by adopting a fail-fast mindset to work through ideas until you find one that really sticks. This sort of philosophy is commonly used in software development, sports, and pharmaceuticals, where it’s easy to continually pivot to new ideas until you achieve the desired result. 

As we’ve seen, being a rockstar problem-solver is about bringing together a broad range of skills, from communication to data-gathering. 

Problem-solving is also an inherently practical exercise. It isn’t something you can get a degree for, and it isn’t something you can just write on your resume. 

The best way to ensure a candidate is an amazing problem-solver? Put them to the test with a Toggl Hire Skills Assessment. 

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Toggl Hire allows you to really understand your candidates, assessing how they perform in a real-life situation to assure you that they can actually do the job. Best of all, we’ve got a Problem-Solving skills test already made up, so it’s as simple as just two clicks to get started. 

But, if you want something more bespoke, we’ve got you covered, too, thanks to our 10,000-strong question library and the ability to create bespoke questions in 7 different formats. 

Want to see how it works? Check out the explainer video below! 

Forget IQ, problem-solving skills are one of the best indicators of workplace performance when you’re building a kickass team. While on the surface problem-solving skills may seem simple, it actually requires a complex mix of hard skills and soft skills to get it right. 

Because of this complexity, traditional recruitment methods may not cut it, and we’d recommend a skills test to fully understand a candidate’s problem-solving abilities. After all, why take the risk when you can see how a candidate solves a real-life problem right before your eyes? 

James Elliott

James Elliott is a Strategy Manager and Writer from London, UK. When not working on the day job, James writes on a variety of business and project management topics with a focus on content that enables readers to take action and improve their ways of working. You can check out James’ work on his website or by connecting on LinkedIn.

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Tesco Strategic Decisions Problem Solution Essay

To attain competitiveness amidst of modern changing business environments, an organization’s leadership team needs to implement operational, project and strategic management strategies that are responsive to the needs of the particular market the company is trading. With effective strategies, a company is able to resolve problems and conflicts that are likely to create a weak link in the companies operations.

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Modern contemporary business environments are also posing some dangers to organizations as leaders are finding their old policies and business approached being challenged by the environment prevailing (Wheelen and Hunger,1998). This paper discusses the strategic issues facing the retail industry in the domestic and international market; it will focus on Tesco Merchandise Company.

After discussing the issues, the paper will discuss some strategic measures that the company can take to improve its business as well as improve its competitiveness.

Background of the company

Tesco is an international merchandise company with its main market in the United Kingdom; the company operated a chain of grocery that can amount to over one thousand supermarkets, convenience stores, and hypermarkets in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Asia and Central Europe. Although the company was initially involved in the food sector, it has diversified its operations to clothing, consumer electronics, financial services, and internet services.

The company’s management vision is to develop lifetime customer loyalty and ensure that it adds value on consumers. The company’s vision and mission statement establishes close links and connections with its customers and aims at understanding their needs and enacting policies that improve the relationship.

Other than focusing on customer needs, the company maintains an effective human resources department that ensures the Tesco maintains and sustains trained, motivated, and adequate staffs at any one point in time. Despite the company being among the oldest and successful retail companies in the world, it is facing some challenges that are limiting it meet its profitability (Tesco Limited Official Website, 2011).

Problems facing Tesco

Other than being a leader in the retail industry, the company is facing some challenges; the first issue facing the company is regard the use of e-commerce tools. Although the company has a computerized system of marketing as well as payments for goods, it is still lagging behind some of its competitors like Wal-mart that seems to have moved a step ahead.

Tesco’s system accepts only a limited number of electronic payment systems like debit cards, credit cards, and online payments buts lack some of the main upcoming e-business or payment methods like PayPal, western union transfer, and wire transfers. The weak system has locked some customers from buying form the company.

In the same line of computerization, the services cannot be differentiated thus a customer lacks the motivation or the drive that can make him or her come again for the services. The internet section of the company is facing some challenges especially when it comes to browsing and downloading works; the computers are slow and sometimes customers are expected to wait for over ten minutes to get a download.

With the large chain of works and variety of commodities they stock, the company has had deficit of products in some stores; at times, the products may have run out of stock without the management being aware or there has been a delay in delivery.

This is brought about by system failures and the interdependence of branches (when buying commodities that cannot be bought in bulk; the company joins the needs to two or more branches than orders the product in bulk), when this happens, some commodities are found not in their shelves (Tesco Limited Official Website, 2011).

Genetic tool kit to identify challenges and how to solve them

To identify the above problems and solve them, the company should use a hybrid management toolkit; a method of management that combines the strength of Six Sigma management approach and Total Quality Management strengths. Under the method, the company will be required to set some benchmarks of operations that should be maintained at all times in the organization.

To ensure that the benchmarks are attained, the management should set some operational system appraisal methods.

Identification of problems

All operations with the organization should be documented and optimal operation levels set; the document whether in print or electronic should be made available and accessible to every employee in the firm; the responsibility of every staff as long as the attainment of the set standard should be well defined.

Some challenges face an organization because of reluctance of employees or those companies that have been subcontracted; to ensure that this does not happen, the company should have a punishment mechanism of any person whether natural or artificial who limits the attainment of the benchmarks set.

The blue print document acts as the point of reference in day-to-day operation and the best strategy line of operation should be formulated. With the strengths of Six Sigma, which allows a company to establish its areas of weakness and inefficiency, then the approach will help know those areas that need to be addressed for a competitive business.

To have efficiency, the company should strengthen its internal control and review its contacting policies; those operations that are not core, like cleaning the stores, should be outsourced to ensure that the company’s management concentrates in the main line of business (Wheelen and Hunger,1998).

The over one thousand chain should have an independent or regional management approach; having a central management structure of more than one thousand stalls is not practical and If made, then chances of high inefficiency can be expected. The management should change its structure to ensure that managers are responsible for few stalls.

This will improve e delivery and facilitate solving of problems at local or regional level. The computer and internet system seems to be one of the thorns that the company should be looking at; the failures that the company is getting are coming from adopting technology that is outdated or one that cannot be fully be relied upon.

As far as the system is concerned, the company has two options; to either change the complete system and adopt a better version or improve the current one. The choice of the matter depends on the situation and the availability of either option.

The company should continuously restructure and rebuild its vision and mission; developing a strategic vision and mission involves thinking strategically about the following three questions

The following diagram shows how the company can use the Hybrid system to counter check its processes and probably improve them:

Organizations future and business course

A vision is a view of an organizations future and business course: it is a guiding concept for what the organization is trying to do and become. All must be looked into to ensure that there is no one area that benefits at the expense of the customer. Setting objectives that are aimed at meeting the gap that the company had not been filling in the past; the aim of setting the objective is to ensure that the company has embarked on the fulfillment of the need of the customer.

The aim is to improve the feeling that the customer will get when he has transacted with the business. The objectives are aimed at improving all the area of the organization and the measurement is the satisfaction that the customer will get. A satisfied customer will be a loyal customer and the business stands to benefit (Kotter and Schlesinger, 2008).

The failures in deliveries can be a matter of internal controls, supply chain management or the computer system; this is a sensitive area that needs to be addressed independently; by independent it means that the problem should be handled separately and the root causes sort. After noting the area with a problem, then the management should seek to handle and solve the root cause.

The following is a sample of a supply chain chart that the company can adopt to have an effective supply chain management:

Effective supply chain management

(Goold and Campbell, 2002)

Periodically, the company should be taking internal and external business analysis: internal business analysis seeks to show the strengths of the company, how well it is compiling with the set standards and establishing any area that need improvement. When undertaking internal analysis, the managers should ensure that the benchmarks they have set are complied with and when they have not, the cause of the deficit should be diagnosed.

Through TQM, the company will be able to develop customer royalty; it will be able to surpass other companies to become the world largest merchandise retail chain. For a company to continuously improve its processes and attain the set goals as well as surpass the expectations of the customer the company should keep reviewing its policies (Fred, 2008).

Strengths of the proposed method

A hybrid management-tool kit has its main strength in the approach that it will take; the method address all areas of the business and ensures that problems that the company may be facing are recognized at the earliest time possible. On the other hand, the process involves every human capital in the organization for its success; it does not overburden the managers but spreads the functions across the board.

Strength with hybrid system is that it ensures that a benchmark has been set which operates as the line of best business pathway. With such moves, Tesco will establish those areas that might be causing problems and be able to address them accordingly.

Weaknesses of the method

The method is an overall quality and problem recognition approach, this means that it can only operate when all mechanisms are set to go; it does not offer advice on what to do but only evaluates the mechanism set.

The method establishes weaknesses and areas of inefficiency but does not offer mechanisms of preventing the occurrence of challenges; the main concentration is how to identify a problem and solving it but no-much has been provided to avid the occurrence of a problem, thus the business may be identifying problems when danger has already happened.

Method of improving the system

To ensure that the system works better, management should integrate a gap analysis mechanism: gap analysis is a tool used by managers to decide which tactics and strategies to use in order to increase production. It is a tool used to link a business vision with its strategies and goals. It helps in identifying a discrepancy in the performance that helps in selecting appropriate strategies to fill the discrepancy.

It was necessary to conduct a gap analysis on the implementation and use of TQM in the company. This was done by asking two simple questions, where is the company now? Where does it want to be five years from now? The following diagram shows the process of identifying the gap within the company (Camillus, 2008).

New policies

As Tesco continues with the hybrid system of detecting and solving issues, the management should understand that every outlet has its unique issues that can be solved by unique management techniques. They should be open to adopt new approaches to different outlets.

Tesco is an international merchandise retail company that is facing strategic issues; the main issues are caused by changing business environments that calls for continuous policy formulation. To ensure that the company remains competitive amidst changing business environments, the management should adopt a hybrid management system. The system will assist the company identify weak points and solve them before they become substantial threats to the company.

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Tesco Case Study on Human Resource Management

Section 1 LO1: Analyse employee knowledge, skills and behaviours required by HR professionals

LO2: Analyse the factors to be considered when implementing and evaluating inclusive learning and development to drive sustainable business performance

Scenario : Assume you have been appointed as a graduate trainee Human Resource Officer within the Human Resources Department of a large organisation. In order to develop an understanding of your role as an HR Officer your manager has requested you to

At the end of your training your line manager has asked you to write a report about inclusive learning and development within the organisation for driving sustainable business performance. In your report you should;

You should try to give practical examples and provide some recommendations.

Section 2 LO3: Apply knowledge and understanding to the ways in which high-performance working (HPW) contributes to employee engagement and competitive advantage

LO4: Evaluate ways in which performance management, collaborative working and effective communication can support high-performance culture and commitment

Effective use of high-performance working (HPW) framework and performance management models to support high performance culture’

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Introduction Human resource management is looked after by the HR department in a firm. This is the most vital function of organizations that manage the people to ensure their best performance. Human resource management is the backbone of a firm and based on this effective function, firms are focused to recruit the right people with the appropriate talent in the right job. This is helpful for achieving organizational effectiveness along with the objectives. If a person is willing to work as a human resource professional in a firm then he is required to possess some skills for performing the job. Skills which are professional and personal could help employees to manage their job roles and performance in an effective manner (Armstrong and Taylor, 2014). Employees are expected to have awareness of their job roles and this can enable them to meet the performance criteria in their organizations. In this Tesco Case Study, the important features of human resource management have been mentioned in relevance to the aspect of the development of individuals, organizations, and teams. The Tesco Case Study has been discussed in this report and the HRM aspects also do relate to this case study organization.

Section 1 a) Discuss suitable knowledge, skills along with behaviors which are needed for professionals in HR department As a profession, HRM has emerged immensely important for an organization and individuals. HR professionals are always engaged in work as per their busy schedules. This requires them to work effectively for their firms. There is a direct relation between organizational functions and human resource management. In this respect, it seems important that HR professionals need to have knowledge of organizational objectives along with the required level of knowledge for performing better. Organizations expect from that certain kind of knowledge, behaviors and skills (Collings, Wood and Szamosi, 2018). Professionals in this domain keep their focus on planning, managing and directing activities of employees and their own performance for better organizational performance. Efficiency and knowledge are helpful for these professionals to ensure that tasks are completed within the given time and firms are benefitted from the results. To a great extent, these professionals are assisted from the knowledge and required a level of skills with behaviors. While working in the firm named Tesco Plc a professional in HRM needs to have corporate as well as basic knowledge about human resource management. Theoretical knowledge is not always sufficient and considering this, practical knowledge regarding HRM is also required for HR professionals (Bratton and Gold, 2017).

The kind of approach in HRM taken by Tesco is considered exclusively helpful for organizational efficacy through handling issues like grievances, managing talents and developing a congenial working atmosphere to work in. Management of people is the preliminary responsibility of HRM. This always includes performance like recruitment and selection of talented people. Focus for learning is always important for confirming better performance in the firm (Deery and Jago, 2015). The firm Tesco is a most leading organization in the retail sector in the United Kingdom and its human resource professionals are expected to work in tandem with vision and mission of businesses of the firm to fulfill the objectives. Knowledge of core HR matters is important for the professionals in the company (Budhwar and Debrah, 2013). Professionals in the HRM domain in the firm need to have knowledge about corporate culture and structure which can facilitate them to work within the scope framed by the cultures and structures. HR professionals in the company face some challenges in tasks involving recruitment and selection followed by grievance handling in the firm. If HR skills are talked about then it is required for the HR professionals in the company to have the adequate skills for helping them to perform in their jobs and having further growth in the firm (Deery and Jago, 2015). They also need to have a better skill in communication. As per requirement, HR people of Tesco keep their focus on improving communication skill for them along with other employees for better productivity (Alfes et al, 2013). Issues like organizational difficulties, employee grievances are most common in the firm and with help of better communication, these issues can be solved supported by active intervention by human resource professionals. Tesco’s HR professionals also need to have the skill of analysis to find the solution of problems. Tesco is a large corporate and team of HR professionals in the firm need to have skills of analysis to sort out problems. The foremost responsibility of HRM in Tesco is to ensure that right people are for right jobs and this can be ensured by the HR people in the firm depending on the analysis of talents required for better performance of the firm. In this HR domain skill of time management is also considered important. HR people in the firm require to work within a busy schedule and this needs them to manage time and performance quality. Preparation of planning and ideas including support for innovation are also helpful aspects (Brewster, Chung and Sparrow, 2016). They also have to be sure of organizational direction and to keep it as per vision and mission tasks such as liaison and negotiation are considered useful. Skills of decision making hold high importance.HR people in Tesco needs to take numbers of decisions which is why the need for better decision making is important. Knowledge and skills along with experiences are the prime factors which support proper decision making by HR people in the firm (Kavanagh and Johnson, 2017).

HR professionals in Tesco need to confront with some challenges which are required to be minimized by them for coming out achievers. Therefore HR people need to demonstrate professional and responsible behaviors to the firm and other employees. If any issue arises then HR people need to maintain their rationality for handling such issues and situations. If there are any employee grievances, HR people are expected to listen to their problems for making better decisions to sort out the problems. Liaison and negotiation are two important functions of HR people in Tesco and while performing these they need to maintain the highest level of professional behaviors (Marchington et al, 2016).

b) Examine an audit of completed personal skills for a staff If discussion from above Tesco Case Study is referred to then it is clear that personal skill evaluation is always on high importance. From the standpoint of HR professionals of Tesco, analysis of personal skills is helpful for them to achieve their performance benchmark. Similarly, the performance of employees can be also understood and further improvement can be achieved. Importance of written communication is felt when employment contracts are drafted, the liaison is done in written and training is delivered to employees verbally and in writing. If communication skills are better used then many problems solving aspects are achievable and better results are possible to achieve. For this purpose HR, people need to work always on improving communication skills (Jackson, Schuler and Jiang, 2014). If better results are to be achieved then some aspects related to problem-solving expertise can be evaluated. This requires HR professionals in the firm to have better analytical skills for achieving better skills regarding problem-solving. Workplaces in Tesco are result oriented and better evaluation of skills that are mentioned above require to be developed if better results can be achieved.

c) Develop a plan for professional improvement

d) Examine the differences between individual and organizational learning, development and training Organizations do have learning requirement and this is ensured by the implementation of learning with help of people or manpower. Firms if are adequately supported by knowledge enriched and educated manpower then preparedness for facing challenges becomes easy to develop. Organizational learning and learning of individuals are not the same and differences are existent. In a single go, an organization cannot be developed. People of the firms are most precious resources and with the development of learning among people, the possibility of learning for organizations gets developed. Singularity is the main difference between these two types of learning (Hollenbeck and Jamieson, 2015). Singularity as a factor relates to learning from organizational points of thoughts and if there is learning by two individuals for serving interests of the organization then the possibility of organizational learning is high. In simple words, when individuals learn for implementing their knowledge for the benefits of organizations and their operations then organizational learning gets developed. There is another view in this regard that when an organization is not old the employees are required to develop their knowledge through training for achieving confirmation that the required service can be provided by them. With the development of experiences of individuals, organizations also get to learn more from them. Development of learning for organizations is only possible through training and knowledge to build up for each individual (Brewster, 2017). Learning enrichment of a particular or single employee cannot serve the purpose of knowledge development by the organization. Leaning of all employees together can enhance the organizational development from the perspective of learning. This creates a version of sustainable development and the consistent growth of organizations become easy. From the case study perspective it is clear that as an organization Tesco can only develop when all employs are professionally driven by learning and achieve development (Sikora and Ferris, 2014).

e) Examine what are the requirements of continuous learning along with professional development to manage business performance to be sustainable Human resource management department needs its employees to be skilled and talented always. Therefore, they need to attain continuous learning for developing themselves professionally for driving performance of the business as sustainable. Self-managed learning becomes possible with the practice of continuous learning and HR professionals get to know about several aspects related to their working domain to be certain that better performance could be delivered (Luthans and Doh, 2018). Continuous learning is al supportive of helping employees to adopt an approach which includes consistency to support further growth in the workplace. For long-term survival in business, the most important element is the sustainability of the business. While working in the HR domain, professionals need to give high importance on continuous learning for fitting better in the organizational environment and competition. Moreover, organizational development becomes possible if the business can be steered through competition for reaching the vision and mission of organizations (Bolman and Deal, 2017). On the basis of continuous learning, more knowledge basis can be attained and in the future course of business, this becomes supportive of knowledge implementation for better growth. In Tesco continuous learning immensely helps HR professionals to develop their skills and professional behaviors for ensuring better display of HR knowledge and skills. This helps business getting benefitted from the sustainable nature of performance in business (Purce, 2014).

Section 2 1) Demonstrate an understanding of how HPW contributes to employee engagement and competitive advantage within a specific organizational situation HR approach considers another important working concept that is high performance working for motivating organizational efficiency based on improvement in the engagement of employees in the development of business through performance enhancement. The concept of high-performance working is preferred by many organizations and HR managers to keep talented people engaged in business performance for getting the best performance out of them (Grant, 2016). From numerous researches, it is found that besides large organizations, high-performance working also helps small firms to achieve better outcomes. High-performance working is a practice which packs in coordinated and united efforts which make people work with maximum enthusiasm. There is the maximum benefit of high performance working since people are motivated and working atmosphere also helps them to maximize their performance for the overall improvement of business performance (Nankervis et al, 2016).

High performance working if is viewed as an approach of synchronization of tasks then contribution of human resources, technological aspects and other strategic capacities of firms are understood as working factors which together develop organizational efficiency for maintaining organizational success. High-performance working is often viewed as a system which gives maximum importance on communication for communicating with employees regarding specification of tasks needed to be accomplished and performance criteria that need to be maintained by employees for ensuring better delivery of performance (Paillé et al, 2014). Employees by depending on high-performance working become able to deliver the most effective performance at the time when are needed most by their organization. Working atmosphere becomes more dynamic and organization such as Tesco builds a reputation in the international business arena. By adopting the approach like high performance working for organization Tesco stays hooked to performance orientation and this helps the firm to achieve the most beneficial aspects of high performance working leading to maximum efficiency of the organization and its employees. Tesco has many talented employees and their talents can be identified since the working atmosphere becomes more dynamic and people tend to work more efficiently (Reiche et al, 2016). Employees get better chances of professional improvement which improves the level of motivation among them and maximum engagement of employees come into the picture. High-performance working is most effective when the formation of suitable manpower or workforce is concerned. This is a most important feature of high performance working concept in the firm. Employees get to know about their responsibilities and job specifications which make them efficient to deliver the required performance. Moreover, if any tricky situation arises then employees can emerge the winner by solving the problem. It is one of the core competencies and develops from a high-performance concept in the firm. With a focus on maintaining the core competence by Tesco a situation such as competitive advantage gets created for the firm and in retail markets, Tesco remains in a competitive position for long (Albrecht et al, 2015). HR performance of the firm is always entrusted with the responsibility of effective recruitment to fulfill purpose like right people for the right job and this is met with by Tesco’s HR people with help of approach concerning high performance working in the firm. Employees’ engagement is always a sought-after aspect in HR domain to support organizational vision and mission. With help of high-performance orientation, this can be achieved by Tesco in retail markets.

2) Examine varied approaches regarding performance management by using definite examples to show that it supports a culture of high performance and commitment Performance analysis of employees for understanding the performance efficacy of employees is a vital Strategy of every organization. Therefore Tesco needs to maintain performance management in its HR domain to understand the performance related contribution of employees. For the firm and its HR people, it is required to evaluate their performance and communicate with them regarding their performance and further need for improvement. This could help Tesco to improve performance aspects of the employees (Paauwe and Boon, 2018). Alongside, performance appraisal is a major cause of strategy development regarding knowledge development among all employees in the firm. It is important for the human resource professionals in the company in the HR domain and overall performance development for all departments become possible. Performance appraisal is related to performance management which is an important Aspect of high performance working in Tesco and the intended outcome for this working concept is to achieve organizational development by achieving performance on consistency basis from the workforce. In the context of Tesco, the strategy of high-performance working is a most vital aspect of human resource management (Wilton, 2016).

Performance management aims for improving the performance of employees in the organization Tesco. There are many approaches towards performance management for improvement of performance of individuals in the firm. A 360-degree appraisal is the most common type of appraisal system in the organization. For analyzing varied perspectives of performance, implementation of 360-degree performance appraisal is necessary. This includes a range of activities such as data collection and analysis followed by knowledge achievement from findings. Data represents here performance related knowledge and could be gathered from different types of stakeholders of the business. Feedbacks of seniors and other departmental officials make for important knowledge input to arrive at decisions regarding performance quality of employees in the firm (Storey, 2014). Based on this system of performance management the firm can achieve a broad view of performance features of employees compared with actual and present performance aspects with standards and potential performance achievement from them in the firm. All these apart, a 360-degree appraisal is important for the firm to achieve better performance of employees and development of employee remains possible always for the firm Tesco.

Importance of performance is another needful feature from an organizational perspective. For meeting with this objective a tool of analysis named key performance indicator (KPI) is of importance for many organizations including Tesco. Through this tool, organizations set their focuses on overall capacity related to the performance of their employees. This tool also helps in team-performance improvement as individuals are parts of a team and individual performance plays an important role for overall team performance (Shields et al, 2015).

An organization which maintains the hierarchical structure with service orientation can better implement 360-degree performance appraisal along with KPI mechanism for better achievement of results. Tesco is the example of this type of organization and is benefitted from the approach which is KPI and 360 degree of appraisal. KPI is a performance development parameter which is maintained for understanding the performance of employees and overall performance development becomes possible for Tesco. Therefore 360-degree appraisal and KPI tool support each other with the objective of performance development of staffs in the organization. Based on performance, employees are rewarded by the management and this further creates a high level of motivation among all employees (Bamberger, Meshoulam and Biron, 2014).

Conclusion This Tesco Case Study has described important knowledge, behaviors, and skills required for an HR professional in the HRM department of Tesco. They need to show the utmost level of professionalism by virtue of their jobs. It is observed in this Tesco Case Study that Communication skill is important for all HR people. The skill of problem solving and analysis are important for them to show a high level of efficiency in their performance. A personal and professional development plan has been included in this report. Human resource management is an effective department which incorporates individual and team development as integral parts of organizational success. Importance of skill audit and plan for development are key aspects of human resource management of an organization such as Tesco. Moreover, Tesco’s HRM is also focused on looking after recruitment and selection of individuals with importance for ensuring that the right people are in the right jobs in the company. In this Tesco Case Study it can be achieved by the development of individuals and teams for better organizational development. Tesco Case Study assignments are being prepared by our hrm assignment help experts from top universities which let us to provide you a reliable best assignment help service

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Turn your team into skilled problem solvers with these problem-solving strategies

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Picture this, you're handling your daily tasks at work and your boss calls you in and says, "We have a problem." 

Unfortunately, we don't live in a world in which problems are instantly resolved with the snap of our fingers. Knowing how to effectively solve problems is an important professional skill to hone. If you have a problem that needs to be solved, what is the right process to use to ensure you get the most effective solution?

In this article we'll break down the problem-solving process and how you can find the most effective solutions for complex problems.

What is problem solving? 

Problem solving is the process of finding a resolution for a specific issue or conflict. There are many possible solutions for solving a problem, which is why it's important to go through a problem-solving process to find the best solution. You could use a flathead screwdriver to unscrew a Phillips head screw, but there is a better tool for the situation. Utilizing common problem-solving techniques helps you find the best solution to fit the needs of the specific situation, much like using the right tools.

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4 steps to better problem solving

While it might be tempting to dive into a problem head first, take the time to move step by step. Here’s how you can effectively break down the problem-solving process with your team:

1. Identify the problem that needs to be solved

One of the easiest ways to identify a problem is to ask questions. A good place to start is to ask journalistic questions, like:

Who : Who is involved with this problem? Who caused the problem? Who is most affected by this issue?

What: What is happening? What is the extent of the issue? What does this problem prevent from moving forward?

Where: Where did this problem take place? Does this problem affect anything else in the immediate area? 

When: When did this problem happen? When does this problem take effect? Is this an urgent issue that needs to be solved within a certain timeframe?

Why: Why is it happening? Why does it impact workflows?

How: How did this problem occur? How is it affecting workflows and team members from being productive?

Asking journalistic questions can help you define a strong problem statement so you can highlight the current situation objectively, and create a plan around that situation.

Here’s an example of how a design team uses journalistic questions to identify their problem:

Overarching problem: Design requests are being missed

Who: Design team, digital marketing team, web development team

What: Design requests are forgotten, lost, or being created ad hoc.

Where: Email requests, design request spreadsheet

When: Missed requests on January 20th, January 31st, February 4th, February 6th

How : Email request was lost in inbox and the intake spreadsheet was not updated correctly. The digital marketing team had to delay launching ads for a few days while design requests were bottlenecked. Designers had to work extra hours to ensure all requests were completed.

In this example, there are many different aspects of this problem that can be solved. Using journalistic questions can help you identify different issues and who you should involve in the process.

2. Brainstorm multiple solutions

If at all possible, bring in a facilitator who doesn't have a major stake in the solution. Bringing an individual who has little-to-no stake in the matter can help keep your team on track and encourage good problem-solving skills.

Here are a few brainstorming techniques to encourage creative thinking:

Brainstorm alone before hand: Before you come together as a group, provide some context to your team on what exactly the issue is that you're brainstorming. This will give time for you and your teammates to have some ideas ready by the time you meet.

Say yes to everything (at first): When you first start brainstorming, don't say no to any ideas just yet—try to get as many ideas down as possible. Having as many ideas as possible ensures that you’ll get a variety of solutions. Save the trimming for the next step of the strategy. 

Talk to team members one-on-one: Some people may be less comfortable sharing their ideas in a group setting. Discuss the issue with team members individually and encourage them to share their opinions without restrictions—you might find some more detailed insights than originally anticipated.

Break out of your routine: If you're used to brainstorming in a conference room or over Zoom calls, do something a little different! Take your brainstorming meeting to a coffee shop or have your Zoom call while you're taking a walk. Getting out of your routine can force your brain out of its usual rut and increase critical thinking.

3. Define the solution

After you brainstorm with team members to get their unique perspectives on a scenario, it's time to look at the different strategies and decide which option is the best solution for the problem at hand. When defining the solution, consider these main two questions: What is the desired outcome of this solution and who stands to benefit from this solution? 

Set a deadline for when this decision needs to be made and update stakeholders accordingly. Sometimes there's too many people who need to make a decision. Use your best judgement based on the limitations provided to do great things fast.

4. Implement the solution

To implement your solution, start by working with the individuals who are as closest to the problem. This can help those most affected by the problem get unblocked. Then move farther out to those who are less affected, and so on and so forth. Some solutions are simple enough that you don’t need to work through multiple teams.

After you prioritize implementation with the right teams, assign out the ongoing work that needs to be completed by the rest of the team. This can prevent people from becoming overburdened during the implementation plan . Once your solution is in place, schedule check-ins to see how the solution is working and course-correct if necessary.

Implement common problem-solving strategies

There are a few ways to go about identifying problems (and solutions). Here are some strategies you can try, as well as common ways to apply them:

Trial and error

Trial and error problem solving doesn't usually require a whole team of people to solve. To use trial and error problem solving, identify the cause of the problem, and then rapidly test possible solutions to see if anything changes. 

This problem-solving method is often used in tech support teams through troubleshooting.

The 5 whys problem-solving method helps get to the root cause of an issue. You start by asking once, “Why did this issue happen?” After answering the first why, ask again, “Why did that happen?” You'll do this five times until you can attribute the problem to a root cause. 

This technique can help you dig in and find the human error that caused something to go wrong. More importantly, it also helps you and your team develop an actionable plan so that you can prevent the issue from happening again.

Here’s an example:

Problem: The email marketing campaign was accidentally sent to the wrong audience.

“Why did this happen?” Because the audience name was not updated in our email platform.

“Why were the audience names not changed?” Because the audience segment was not renamed after editing. 

“Why was the audience segment not renamed?” Because everybody has an individual way of creating an audience segment.

“Why does everybody have an individual way of creating an audience segment?” Because there is no standardized process for creating audience segments. 

“Why is there no standardized process for creating audience segments?” Because the team hasn't decided on a way to standardize the process as the team introduced new members. 

In this example, we can see a few areas that could be optimized to prevent this mistake from happening again. When working through these questions, make sure that everyone who was involved in the situation is present so that you can co-create next steps to avoid the same problem. 

A SWOT analysis

A SWOT analysis can help you highlight the strengths and weaknesses of a specific solution. SWOT stands for:

Strength: Why is this specific solution a good fit for this problem? 

Weaknesses: What are the weak points of this solution? Is there anything that you can do to strengthen those weaknesses?

Opportunities: What other benefits could arise from implementing this solution?

Threats: Is there anything about this decision that can detrimentally impact your team?

As you identify specific solutions, you can highlight the different strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of each solution. 

This particular problem-solving strategy is good to use when you're narrowing down the answers and need to compare and contrast the differences between different solutions. 

Even more successful problem solving

After you’ve worked through a tough problem, don't forget to celebrate how far you've come. Not only is this important for your team of problem solvers to see their work in action, but this can also help you become a more efficient, effective , and flexible team. The more problems you tackle together, the more you’ll achieve. 

Looking for a tool to help solve problems on your team? Track project implementation with a work management tool like Asana .

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Glassdoor’s chief economist: ‘Pay transparency rules are solving age-old workplace problems–but the gap in employee experience should alarm us’

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A new wave of transparency is sweeping across America’s workplaces–and there’s no looking back. At the beginning of the year, California, Washington, and New York joined Colorado to require pay transparency for most open jobs. Several other states and localities–including Illinois and Massachusetts, are now considering their own laws to require employers to disclose what they are willing to pay for open roles.

These laws were motivated, in part, by stubbornly persistent gender and racial pay gaps–but also by the pragmatic recognition that wages and salary information were only accessible to companies via salary benchmarking services, and to the lucky individuals blessed with well-positioned friends.

The hope was that transparency would reduce–or better yet, eliminate–these well-documented market inefficiencies that have consequences for workers’ lifetime earnings.

By most evidence, the hope was justified. Early research on the effects of pay transparency laws, as well as research on similar rules in other countries, suggest that they often lead to meaningful reductions in gender pay gaps and level the playing field for job candidates.

Despite the occasional social media screenshot of a comically wide band or anecdote of a company deciding not to consider candidates in a state with pay transparency rules, these stories attract attention precisely because they are the exception. The overwhelming majority of companies posting job listings in pay transparency states are complying with the rules.

Since its founding nearly 15 years ago, Glassdoor has been at the forefront of making salary information more broadly available to those who don’t have the right connections. We have witnessed firsthand the magic of pay transparency–but we are also aware that it’s no miracle pill for all the ills of the labor market. There are many reasons to be hopeful about the new wave of pay transparency laws–and important reasons to be vigilant of their unintended consequences.

To understand the new risks and emerging challenges, it is helpful to understand recent enthusiasm for pay transparency in the context of a longer lineage of open information laws dating back nearly a century: Public company financials in the 1930s, food ingredients and nutrition in the 1960s (expanded in the 1990s), donations to federal election campaigns and mortgage lending practices in the 1970s, and public school performance in the 2000s, among many others.

While at the onset, many of these new disclosure milestones had their share of critics, today, it’s hard to imagine a functioning stock market where investors could not access critical company information or where consumers are forced to wonder what ingredients (and potential allergens) may be lurking in their food.

The professionals who are responsible for implementing and grappling with new pay transparency laws on the frontlines seem cautiously hopeful about their potential. More than half (55%) of senior people leaders employed at some of Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work 2023 “disagree” or “strongly disagree” with the suggestion that greater pay transparency will make it harder to retain talent, and only a third (34%) “agree” or “strongly agree” that open roles with salary information or pay bands attract a higher quality applicant pool. In general, they view pay transparency as a best practice regardless of whether it is legally required.

In the past, pay transparency worked in part because it was a signal for a broader set of investments in a good employee experience: Companies that shared pay ranges were likely signaling to job seekers that they cared more broadly about fairness and transparency with their employees.

That won’t necessarily be the case moving forward. Job seekers are going to have to look for new signals that indicate an employer is genuinely vested in compensating–and treating–their teams equitably. For employers seeking to distinguish themselves in the ever-competitive market for talent, they will have to discover new ways to communicate that virtue.

While sunlight may be the best disinfectant, funk inevitably blooms in the shifting shadows. Requiring transparency can shift rather than eliminate the market dysfunction it aims to fix. Inequities could emerge on more difficult-to-measure dimensions such as benefits use, career advancement, and employee experience. Glassdoor research found that–beyond pay–men and women report meaningfully different day-to-day experiences at nearly a fifth of companies. We also identified meaningful experience gaps across race/ethnic groups at nearly a third of companies. We are only beginning to discern the contours of the workplace equity challenges in these emerging areas that have long been in the shadow of pay.

When access to information depends on network, connections, or the ability to pay to play, access to information disproportionately benefits insiders and perpetuates long-standing inequalities. The new wave of pay transparency laws aims to tackle these age-old problems–and a growing body of evidence suggests they are doing exactly that. We can be both hopeful and open-eyed about where it will lead us.

Aaron Terrazas is chief economist at Glassdoor.

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What Does Math Teaching Look Like in U.S. Schools? 5 Charts Tell the Story

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How do math teachers select curriculum materials, and what instructional practices do they use? A new EdWeek Research Center survey sheds some light on these questions.

Earlier this month, Education Week published a series of articles on elementary math instruction . Those stories were informed by results from a nationally representative survey of about 300 math teachers, across grade levels in K-12.

Questions about what constitutes effective math instruction are once again in the spotlight. A debate in California over the state’s proposed math framework has garnered national attention as it’s touched on perennial debates in math education: tracking, conceptual vs. procedural learning, and how much teachers should work to make math relevant to students’ lives.

At the same time, recent results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress demonstrated that students’ math achievement plummeted during the pandemic , underscoring the importance of identifying practices that will help students succeed in the subject.

We’ve compiled a few other results from the survey here with new insights on curricula and how teachers structure their lessons.

Read on for more on how math teachers use—or adapt—district-provided curricula, where they source supplemental materials, and how they ask their students to approach problem-solving.

Most math teachers use curricula and materials from multiple sources

The majority of the teachers in this survey said they used a core math curriculum. But just over half said that they don’t follow it to the letter, picking and choosing different parts. About 1 in 5 teachers said they don’t use any core program at all.

The most common source of math materials was the internet, or lesson sharing websites. Games, apps, and materials that teachers bought or created on their own were also popular.

District-provided curriculum trailed all of these sources—only 46 percent of teachers said they regularly use core materials provided by their school system to teach their math classes.

These results are in line with other surveys of math teachers in recent years.

The RAND Corporation collects data on how teachers select and use materials in its American Instructional Resources Survey. Results for the 2021-22 school year show that about 20 percent of teachers didn’t use resources provided by their district.

When teachers didn’t use these district-provided materials, it was for a host of different reasons, RAND found: some teachers said the curricula didn’t meet students’ needs, others that they didn’t have time to learn how to use these resources, or that they were difficult to use.

There’s another concern with finding the right materials, said Tiffany Miera, a 5th grade math and science teacher at Needham Elementary School in Durango, Colo. (Miera was not involved in the survey.)

“It needs to have the balance of skills work, and being able to get those skills that are necessary for each grade level’s standards, but also that problem solving piece that connects to real world math and real world situations,” she said.

In Miera’s experience, most math curricula lean in one direction or the other—skills-heavy, or more oriented toward problem-solving—and teachers have to make up for the gaps.

Teachers regularly try to engage students in ‘productive struggle’ and problem-solving

Most teachers in Education Week’s survey said that they try to integrate the teaching of skills and problem-solving.

Research supports the idea that attaining fluency with math procedures and developing conceptual understanding of math concepts is an iterative process—the two types of knowledge build upon each other.

Most teachers also said they’re engaging students in problem-solving daily, and asking students to explain how they arrived at their solutions.

The survey also asked teachers about “productive struggle”—the idea that students are asked to grapple with complex ideas and novel situations as part of the problem-solving process, rather than the sole goal being the correct answer.

It’s a popular approach in math education, with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics including it in their guiding documents . Even so, some math researchers have criticized the idea , arguing that struggling with complicated tasks without enough guidance can leave students frustrated and lead them to develop misunderstandings about how certain processes work.

Embracing productive struggle is a district priority in Miera’s school system, she said. “It’s in there daily, for them to have some sort of challenge.”

Most teachers in the EdWeek Research Center survey said their students engaged in productive struggle at least weekly, with a quarter saying it occurred daily.

Students should be challenged to think through problems in a way that deepens their understanding, a process that should feel “somewhat effortful,” said Jodi Davenport, a senior managing director at WestEd, whose work focuses on applied cognitive science in math instruction.

But exactly how much students should struggle, and what makes struggle productive vs. unproductive, is harder to pin down. “Does that have a similar meaning for everybody?” she asked.

There isn’t a “ready-made metric” to define how much struggle is enough, said Percival Matthews, an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “I don’t think it’s a particularly simple thing,” he said.

Then, there’s the question of how much scaffolding students need to access a complex problem in the first place. Some teachers may want to be more hands-off, Matthews said, because asking students a lot of prompting questions can feel like interrupting their problem-solving process.

But in some cases, asking a simple question can help redirect students and avoid struggle that’s unproductive, Matthews said. For instance: Do you know what the problem is asking you to solve for?

“Where are you going to go if you have no idea what the question is even asking you?” he asked. “There’s probably some balance that needs to happen to make sure that certain ways of self-monitoring are happening.”

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Cost of living - latest: Britons warned they won't save money this winter; people in credit advised to call energy provider

The energy price cap will fall significantly from July, to £2,074, but bill payers have been warned they won't save much money this winter. Listen to the latest Ian King Business Podcast while you scroll.

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As we've been reporting, a reduction to the energy price cap has been announced today and will come into force from 1 July. 

It will mean the average household in England, Wales and Scotland, will see bills fall by £426. 

So what will it mean for electric car owners, who arguably use a lot more electricity. 

Well the £1,206 reduction from £3,280 to £2,074 will be positive news for drivers of electric vehicles, as it means anyone on a standard domestic energy tariff will pay less than £20 to fully charge a typical family sized car from home. 

Those on EV-specific electricity tariffs who benefit from cheap off-peak rates will continue to enjoy even better value.

However, for those travelling beyond the range of their vehicle and rely on rapid and ultra-rapid chargers, the cost is much higher, RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said. 

A 20% VAT is applied to these charge points - which is 15% more than the VAT applied to domestic electricity.

It's important to remember the energy price cap does not set the maximum a household will pay for their energy but limits the amount providers can charge them per unit of gas or electricity, so those who use more energy will pay more.

Smart meter customers with Octopus Energy are set to make savings by cutting back on their electricity use again this winter.

The company is planning to bring back its Saving Sessions scheme which saw households switch lightbulbs for candles during the 2022-23 winter to save money on their energy bills.

The initiative rewarded customers for every unit of energy saved during peak periods.

Octopus said the scheme shifted 1.86GWh (gigawatt hours) of energy demand across 13 sessions - the equivalent of stopping two million washing machine runs.

Nearly 700,000 smart meter customers took part, with £5.3m paid to participants over the duration of the scheme.

Over £170,000 worth of these earnings were donated by customers to Octopus' hardship fund for struggling families, it said.

The news comes after regulator Ofgem announced a drop in the energy price cap on household bills from July.

Greg Jackson, Octopus founder, said the move guarantees falling global energy costs will be passed on to consumers.

"However, costs are still twice as high as they were pre-crisis," he added.

"We'll do all we can to help customers through this crisis, and hope that the government will also continue to help those who need it most."

Passengers could face a summer of "travel chaos" after Edinburgh Airport workers voted to take strike action in a dispute over pay, a union has warned.

Unite balloted around 275 workers, including members employed in security, terminal operations and search areas.

It said 85% backed industrial action on a 75% turnout, and is now calling on airport bosses to tender an improved offer to "avert travel chaos" during the summer.

Read more from our Scotland reporter Jenness Mitchell here...

Hundreds of workers at a soft drinks plant are to strike in a dispute over pay.

Unite members at the Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) site in Wakefield will walk out for a series of strikes from 8 June.

The workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over a pay offer which the union said was worth an average of 6%. 

There would be 14 days of strike action, comprising three 48-hour strikes and two 96-hour strikes, spaced over a two-week period.

"Coca Cola Europacific Partners is making profits in the billions but it's delivering a pay cut to the very workers who are making them," Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said. 

The squeeze on energy prices will ease from July when we're expected to see a difference in what we pay to keep our homes running, business correspondent Paul Kelso says.

Wholesale energy prices began rising at the end of 2021, with the increase exacerbated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February last year.

High energy costs made fuel poverty a "mainstream experience" and "pushed millions of families into stretched budgets", Kelso says, despite the government mitigating the impact with its energy support scheme during the winter.

But what will happen in July?

The cost to suppliers of buying energy has fallen to its lowest level since 2021, Kelso explains, but this reduction won't be felt by customers until the summer as companies buy up their supplies in advance.

And though prices have stabilised, bills are still more than double where they were two years ago, he adds.

Watch Kelso's full explainer on what today's energy price cap announcement means for our bills here...

Security guards at Heathrow Airport have launched a three-day strike today in a dispute over pay.

Members of Unite have already held 15 days of industrial action, including over the busy Easter period.

Heathrow said it had contingency plans in place to keep the airport open and operating as usual, adding that passengers could expect to have a "smooth" half-term getaway.

"Passengers should not be concerned about strike action by Unite over the half-term getaway," Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said. 

"These strikes are completely unnecessary. When I speak to colleagues the overwhelming message is that they just want to vote on our pay offer, but Unite won't let them." 

Unite said Heathrow security officers were paid less than workers at other major airports in London and the South East.

Fuel prices have fallen again after dipping below 145p last week for the first time in 18 months. 

The average price of a litre of unleaded is now 143.35p, down from 146.89p last month, according to the RAC Fuel Watch. 

This means a typical 55-litre family car will now cost £78.84 to fill up. 

Diesel sits at 154.31p per litre, down from 161.06p in April, meaning the same sized car will set you back £84.87 for a full tank.

While the prices have been consistently falling, RAC spokesman Rod Dennis says petrol costs "might bottom out over the next few weeks". 

Saudi Arabia and other OPEC+ oil producers are planning to cut oil output to around 1.16 million barrels per day, which Mr Dennis says we could see petrol prices "head up slightly". 

For diesel, he says it remains "massively overpriced" across the country, despite wholesale prices being cheaper than unleaded. 

The wholesale prices of the two fuels had been virtually identical in previous months, but petrol has been creeping up to at least 5p more per litre. 

A jump in UK borrowing costs over the last 48 hours has forced smaller British mortgage lenders to temporarily withdraw deals and reprice offers for new customers.

UK gilts have risen sharply yesterday and today (to their highest level since after the disastrous mini-budget last year) after inflation figures showed price rises are not easing as quickly as hoped - leading to forecasts that interest rates will have to rise again.

Central banks raise rates so people have less money to spend, and save more, which tends to curb inflation.

As Ed Conway explained in our 6.43am post, the Bank rate could now peak at 5.5% this year - last week the expectation had been 4.75%.

Now, Reuters reports that at least seven small lenders have pulled products or announced a repricing this week.

These lenders are mostly focused on the buy-to-let market - and none of them are major high street banks.

Car production has increased for the third month in a row as shortages of supplies continued to ease, new figures show.

A total of 66,527 cars were made in April, an increase of almost 6,000 on the same month last year, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Exports drove production, rising 14.7% to 54,820 vehicles, with more than four out of five cars built in this country heading overseas.

The European Union remained the most important global market, taking 58% of all exports, followed by the US, China and Australia.

Hybrid electric (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) represented more than a third of all production.

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Minimum opening amount: £5,000

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