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Hang On To Your Talent

December 22nd, 2015 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

With the New Year almost in sight, there’s a good chance that some of your people are considering employment elsewhere.

The development, growth and long-term success of your organisation relies heavily on your best people. When your organisation is able to retain valuable talent for long periods of time, there is a substantial reduction in time-consuming tasks of having to find, attract, recruit and train up new talent. Here, we offer up a few tips to help you avoid these costly and time-consuming problems.

Provide an attractive remuneration package

Whilst not everyone is motivated by pay and benefits, it is still an important part of retention to make sure your people are not only being paid competitively for their skills but also for parity with the market and internal equity.

Include them in decisions

People like to be listened to and feel they have contributed to decisions made in the workplace, especially if it affects them directly. Provide a platform so that your top talent … read more »

The Time Is Fast Approaching

December 21st, 2015 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

I’m in a panic, Christmas is Friday, and I’m not ready for it. In fact, I’m so unorganised, I might just cancel Christmas in my house!

Of course I won’t, but if I’d planned things a bit better I wouldn’t be in such a ‘flap’ right now.

It’s very similar when it comes to completing work tasks and projects.

It is always better to set realistic goals and a deadline is just another goal. By having that goal you have something to aim for.

You will be more motivated to finish your project if you know that something is going to happen as a result of your hard work and can look forward to the day after – did it or didn’t it work?

If goals and deadlines are missed there is a threat of consequence. Valuable business could be lost, reprimands could be dished out, and employee engagement and productivity levels could plummet.

So how can you avoid these damaging consequences of failed goals and … read more »

Why Does Santa Have Three Gardens?

December 17th, 2015 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

So he can ‘Ho Ho Ho’!

Yep, the dreaded cracker jokes are rife this time of year, we moan and roll our eyes, but really, these attempts at making us laugh are not unexpected, yet still make us smile.

Humour and laughter is an integral part of our being. We love to laugh. When we laugh, endorphins are released into our body and we feel elated and at times euphoric. These endorphins lead to a sense of well-being and optimism. In addition, humour and laughter can even bridge the gap between total strangers. The use of humour can even reduce tension in a tense situation (as workplaces can sometimes be). Our sense of humour is one of our most undervalued, under-appreciated and underutilised human resources.

Now, whilst many people debate that happy employees are engaged employees, having a work place with happy people around and an air of fun and humour in the office has got to be a more attractive working environment  … read more »

Oh To Be Recognised

December 15th, 2015 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

One of our valued clients, Big Yellow Self Storage, have made it into the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies for 2016, and we couldn’t be more delighted for them.

This news, coupled with the successful launch of the UK’s first astronaut to head for the International Space Station, Tim Peake, has made me reflect on the importance of recognising achievements.

Research from our surveys show that, whilst there is a range of different forms of recognition that people value, a simple ‘thank you’ that is genuine and meaningful really does make a difference.

Being human, we all have a fundamental need to be appreciated. Employees respond positively to appreciation, conveyed through recognition of their good work and achievements, because it confirms that what they have done is valued. When employees and their work are valued, their engagement, satisfaction and productivity levels increase, and they become more motivated in what they do and loyal to their employers.

Everyone wants … read more »

So Follow Me Follow

December 10th, 2015 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

We can’t all be leaders. Not because some of us don’t have the capability, but simply because there are only a handful of bosses in any one organisation.

The majority of employees therefore, will not end up as leaders. They will be followers, and for the most part, even the leaders will be followers.

With so few leading, it makes sense that organisations should invest in teaching their people to be good followers so that the work gets done as it should be.

Being a follower is by no means a bad thing, at the end of the day, employees need to understand that they need to be told what to do, but not in a submissive way. They need to understand that they are the ones with the skills and expertise to carry out their duties. Just because you’re a follower doesn’t mean you give up your morals and good judgment either. It just means that you are capable of taking direction … read more »

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