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Having A Pet Is Better Than Popping A Pill

April 30th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

I recently read a great article written by the BBC about how bringing your pet dog to work can help alleviate workplace stress and lift the mood of employees.

And having come across this cartoon by Benita Epstein it got me thinking – the benefits of having a pet around are not necessarily confined to the office but all will have an impact on employee well-being.

Furry, feathered or scaly, us Brits have gained the reputation of being the Number 1 Nation of pet lovers (there could be an argument to this…), but what is true, is that owning and caring for a pet has many benefits, and it’s not just about unconditional love – so here we go:

Relieve Stress

As mentioned in the article above, playing with or petting an animal can reduce stress levels. For many people, coming home after a stressful day at work, and being able to interact with their … read more »

All Hands On Deck

April 29th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Today’s tube strike in London is undoubtedly going affect many businesses and organisations across the capital with quite possibly a hefty chunk of their workers unable to get into work for part if not all of the day.

This leaves those that have managed to get into the office having to work extra hard to keep the business going.

Now if this is not a good reason to ensure your organisation has high employee engagement levels, people who put in additional effort above and beyond what is expected of them and totally advocate who they work for, then I don’t know what is.

Investing in your workforce, probably the biggest asset any organisation has, to increase their engagement levels, has huge benefits.

The most worthwhile engagement is seen in employees who happily want to ‘go the extra mile’ and apply their efforts effectively. The upshot is that this mixture of action and line of sight ends up with an engaged employee … read more »

Right People In The Right Jobs

April 23rd, 2014 by Alison McKinney | 2 Responses

The skills of an organisations workforce change over time, and so does its business. Getting the right people into the right jobs is absolute key and critical to an organisations growth and overall success and getting it wrong can be costly.

Having the right people in the right jobs has many benefits.

Retention & Turnover

When people are happy, fulfilled and engaged in their work, they are much less likely to be lured away and leave an organisation. Employee retention levels are higher when you have the right people in the right jobs, both initially during the selection process and in continuing the career development of existing employees.

Brain Drain

The last thing any organisation wants is to loose employees with technical skills and knowledge – ensuring you have the right person in the right role from the outset greatly reduces the chances of the person leaving and taking their skills and knowledge with them – it’s all about ‘fit’.

Attracting Talent

Being an … read more »

Tackling The Job Exodus Time Bomb

April 22nd, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

According to Investors In People, approximately 47% of the UK’s workforce will be on the lookout for a new job in 2014.

Attracting the right employees and hanging onto them is a problematic and ongoing issue faced by many organisations.

There’s no more valuable resource for any organisation than its people, and having a workforce that is effectively motivated and engaged.

Of course, there are many ideas and suggestions for things that organisations can do to overcome this problem, implementing reward strategies and flexible benefits for example, as well as finding the right tools to inspire, energise and motivate employees.

Sadly, and quite often though, employees can become disengaged and feel           disconnected, not only in their role, but with the organisation they work for too – and before you know it, they’re off searching for another job.

One really effective way of making sure this doesn’t happen, is for an organisation to implement SMART objectives as part of their performance … read more »

Ohh Matron! – A Debate On Employee Engagement From The 70’s

April 14th, 2014 by Gary Cattermole | No Responses

The notion that employee engagement is something new, fan dangled or faddy is simply not true.

If you look at the aspects, elements, drivers of high employee engagement they are neither complicated, nor wholly new concepts or situations.

Take a look at this Michael Parkinson interview from the 1970’s that included Maggie Smith and the poet laureate Sir John Betjeman and his last guest is the irrepressible Kenneth Williams.

Parkinson and Williams were never the best of friends, as is detailed by Parkinson at the start of this piece.  What is interesting however, is the discussion they enter into that relates directly, to employee engagement.

Williams’s notion is that, regardless of ones job, it’s about people doing the best they can, looking for a great sense of pride and achievement in what they do, even if the work is ‘monotonous’ such as fitting door knobs!

Parkinson’s view is somewhat different however, possibly shaped from his Northern upbringing and political views and that … read more »

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