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New Balls Please!

June 30th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

With the World Cup and Wimbledon dominating the sports news at the moment, it’s no wonder people are inspired and motivated to increase their physical activity.

Any increase in exercise or physical activity is good for you, but regular exercise is the most beneficial of all.

And it’s the miracle cure we’ve all been waiting for and it’s free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don’t need a GP to get some.

There are many reasons to get moving, a 30-minute walk every day can do more for your long-term health than any doctors and their medication.

Not only does exercise improve your health, even if you have already been diagnosed with something, but it can go a long way to prevent the onset of several life-threatening conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Exercise is important for maintaining physical fitness and can contribute positively to maintaining a healthy weight, building and maintaining healthy bones, muscle strength, and joint mobility. It … read more »

England’s Engagement Problem

June 26th, 2014 by Gary Cattermole | 1 Response

So, another World Cup and another lackluster performance from England (1st half against Italy aside).

After a half decent qualification period from England and Roy Hodgeon’s promise to blood the younger players and the English media seemingly setting expectations decidedly lower, where did it all go wrong?

England players don’t appear engaged

I don’t think this has much to do with the World Cup, although, surprisingly you would expect all players to be keen to play and ‘leave everything on the pitch’ at the tournament.

This is, for me, an endemic ‘engagement’ issue and more to do with football in Western Europe.

Playing for your country should be the highest honour.  Take a look at Costa Rica who will have players in the US, Romanian or Swiss leagues.  They are players earning £,000 ‘s a week if that for whom playing in a World Cup, to a 60,000 stadium, in front of millions at home, against the likes of  Suarez, Rooney and Pirlo, is … read more »

Quantitative And Qualitative Research Techniques

June 25th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

In the world of employee research, there are two general approaches to gathering and reporting information: qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Quantitative methods are generally concerned with the collection and analysis of numerical data, while qualitative methods are more concerned with producing and examining perceptions and interpretations.

When it comes to collecting employee research information, normally via an employee survey, both techniques are often used together. For quantitative data, specific closed questions are asked with the participant giving their preferred answer using a response scale. For the collection of qualitative data, open questions are used for the participant to answer using their own words.

Advantages and disadvantages of quantitative research

The advantage is that when the research information is collected, because it’s simply based on numbers, it’s a lot easier to collate and put together into a report with charts and diagrams. Also when it comes to understanding the feedback it is a lot easier to identify areas for … read more »

Summer Vacation Cancelled – Employee Engagement Levels Plummet

June 24th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

The BBC is today reporting – “British passengers are being disrupted by an air traffic controllers’ strike in France that has led to flight cancellations.”

With the strike intending to last over 6 days, this could undoubtedly affect thousands of British holidaymakers.

Just imagine – you’ve worked hard all year, had those dates blocked off the work calendar for months. You’ve packed, repacked, and repacked again – checked tickets and passport are in situ and set off for the airport for that well-earned holiday only to discover that your flight has been disrupted, or even worse, cancelled altogether.

This is not good news for anyone travelling, but it is also not good news for companies whose employees have had their holiday plans cancelled.


An often overlooked aspect of employee engagement is that an organisation does not have control of all the things that influence employee engagement.

Here is a prime example of a situation that is outside of the control … read more »

My Boss And His Snickers

June 23rd, 2014 by Alison McKinney | 1 Response

I find it hard to justify eating chocolate bars, it’s not that I don’t like them, but being on what seems like a permanent diet to keep my weight down, I know if I have one, it will lead to another, then another, then…..

So, when the boss gets his Snickers out, I have to turn away so I can’t see it, pinch my nose so I can’t smell it, and keep my mouth shut so I can’t taste the chocolate in the air (how do I breathe I hear you say!).

Anyway, joking aside, there is something I have noticed about ‘Snickers’ time in our office, in particular what happens to my boss before he reaches for the chocolate, and after, and I’m pretty sure it’s an employee engagement thing.

You see, believe it or not, despite being an employee research company knowing about as much as there is to know about what makes employees ‘tick’ and how to … read more »

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