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The Writings On The Wall

July 24th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | 1 Response

Communication is central to all aspects of life. It’s a vital skill for maintaining your personal as well as professional relationships.

It’s also more critically important than ever for organisations to actively promote and foster healthy communication in the workplace.

However, if you have a workforce where operations are primarily made up of sub-contractors spread over numerous project sites, as in the construction industry, then effective communication can be a real challenge.

Construction sites are information intensive environments. Various construction personnel need large amounts of information ranging from project design drawings to calendars to support their ongoing works as well as the all-important Health & Safety regulations.


There should be consideration given to the use of new technology to assist in communication. While the benefits of such items as mobile phones and two way radios are well known, digital cameras, on site internet and e-mail access can also be beneficial communication tools.

For example, detailed architectural and planning drawings can be e-mailed between the site … read more »

Keep Up To Speed – Part Two

July 23rd, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Yesterday we looked at the benefits to organisations of providing training and development opportunities to their employees.

Today we look at what needs to be done to achieve those benefits.

To achieve these results, organisations must establish a training program that includes the following elements:

Needs analysis

Training shouldn’t be done just for the sake of doing it or indeed a ‘tick box’ exercise. To ensure calculable results, it is essential to analyse what skills employees are lacking or need improving and what organisational results are needed.

Defined, measurable objectives

An organisation can measure its training program by whatever aspects it needs to improve, for example, customer satisfaction, productivity, employee satisfaction and retention or overall profitability.


Many larger organisations retain in-house training staff, but also many outsource to training professionals. If an organisation uses external training, they should look for experienced trainers who are able to assist with all stages of the training cycle: analysis, setting measurable objectives, designing and performing the training, and evaluating the results.

Results … read more »

Keep Up To Speed – Part One

July 22nd, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Employee training not only contributes to increasing levels of employee engagement in the workplace but is also essential for an organisation’s success.

Training presents a perfect opportunity to expand the knowledge base of all employees, but many employers find the development opportunities expensive. In addition, employees also miss out on work time while attending training sessions, which may delay the completion of projects. Despite the potential disadvantages, training and development provides both the organisation as a whole and the individual employees with benefits that make the cost and time a worthwhile investment.

Modern work environments require good communication skills, the ability to work in a team, time-management skills, the ability to adapt to change, and to work with people from diverse cultures.

By equipping workers with a modern skill set, employers gain:

Operational effectiveness and efficiency

Through good communication and team working skills, employees are better able to work across a wide variety of job functions, to apply information, and to think … read more »

Consult, Involve, Participate and Empower

July 16th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Our research has shown that quite often, for employees to have higher levels of employee engagement, employees want to be consulted, involved and participate in organisational decisions and change, especially if it affects their role directly.

Employee involvement is an idea practiced by organisations that gives their employees a stake in decisions that directly affect their jobs. This often goes hand in hand with employee empowerment, a corporate structure that allows non-managerial employees to make autonomous decisions.

The main benefits of employee involvement and empowerment are higher levels of morale and productivity and the development of healthier co-worker relationships and creative thinking.

Improved Morale

There is a greater chance of significant increases in workplace morale if employees are involved in decisions and policy changes that directly affect their job, whilst at the same time empowering employees to be more autonomous. When employees are treated as a valued asset and their input is listened to and given consideration, confidence increases among every … read more »

A Little Bit Of Fun Upcycling In The Office

July 14th, 2014 by Amber McKinney | 1 Response

Just for fun today, a blog that’s not too serious that will make you smile, and uplift your day (actually, the serious bit is making you happier which positively affects your wellbeing).

Here are five simple office “hacks” you could do right now as explained by BuzzFeedYellow.

Sorting Out Your Wires!

Using bull dog clips, you can clip them to the side of your desk, and thread your messy and tangled wires through each one, so you can keep track of your wandering wires!

Clean That Keyboard!

Grab hold of that office post-it block, tear one off, and fold it in half, and use it to gouge out the scums and crumbs from between those keys!

Hang Your Headphones!

After listening to your tunes (which you shouldn’t do at work, but it’s fun), you can use another one of those bull dog clips, an elastic band and a pin to hang your headphones up! Just tie the prongs of the bull dog clip up with … read more »

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