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Give the Green Light to a Green Team

September 22nd, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Green teams and employee engagement. These two buzz words seem to be gaining traction.

Keeping employees engaged, happy and productive has always been a
 priority for leading organisations.

Today, as green 
becomes more mainstream, 
 employees want to work for an organisation that is committed to sustainability and look for a work setting where the green values they practice at home are implemented in the workplace.

“Out of all those millions and millions of planets floating around there in space, this is our planet, this is our little one, so we just got to be aware of it and take care of it.” – Sir Paul McCartney

Establishing “green teams” in the workplace is an inspiring way for organisations to motivate employees, increase employee engagement and shift strategies towards encouraging and forging a more sustainable path. This is becoming increasingly important as more stakeholders are expecting organisations to alleviate their impact on people and the planet – and … read more »

Push Those Response Rates Up

September 17th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | 1 Response

It’s that time of the year again.   Your organisation is rolling out the annual employee survey so that management can measure the engagement levels across the entire organisation.   Yet, with all the costs and efforts to administer employee surveys, achieving a high response rate can be tricky.

Getting employees to take time to complete the survey can be a challenge for any leader and with the low response rates, there if often too little data available to analyse and drill down to a micro-team level.

We at The Survey Initiative, experts in employee research and staff surveys are very proud of our average response rates when conducting surveys for our clients – typically 84%.

So today, we’d like to offer up some ideas on how your organisation can improve response rates when carrying out your employee survey.

Ensure Participant Anonymity

The best way to do this is to employ a third party to collect the data and generate the reports. Employees will … read more »

Celebrate Good Times – Come On!

September 10th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Whilst Kool & The Gang sang about celebrating good times in a party environment, it’s just as important to celebrate not only good times, but successes and achievements in a working environment.


Well, in our non-stop, 24-7 world it can be all too easy to immediately focus on the next task in hand and forget to stop and reflect on what’s been accomplished. Ignoring the successes and achievements of your people means an organisation could miss crucial opportunities to inspire them onto greater successes, improve and maintain employee engagement and strengthen leadership.

So why should you take the time and effort to celebrate reaching milestones and what benefit is it likely to bring to your organisation?

It is a reminder of why goals are set. Goal setting is important and time should be taken to remember the heights scaled in achieving it. Recognising also what went well as this will help underpin positive behaviours and demonstrate to your people what … read more »

Buzz Buzz Buzzwords

September 4th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

After listening to Steven Poole, author of ‘Who Touched Base in my Think Shower’, on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 yesterday morning, it reminded me of when Microsoft laid off thousands of employees via email (NOT the ‘done thing’) in a multiple paragraphed jargon-filled message.

It also got me wondering whether an ever increasing vocabulary of office and industry buzzwords and jargon phrases affects employee engagement and company culture. This new-fangled terminology is becoming increasingly pervasive in the workplace, even though many employees will admit they find much of the jargon annoying.

The biggest danger with using certain buzzwords and phrases is that they can be unclear, leaving the listener feeling lost, confused and at worst, disengaged.

Whose to say that everyone understands what is meant by ‘customer centric’, ‘low hanging fruit’ or ‘benchmarking’ for example. The fact that it is taken for granted that employees will know … read more »

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