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I See Roofs Of Green

January 28th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Just a mile or two from our main office, lies the small town of Walton-on-the-Naze. What is particularly unique about this seaside town is that it is flanked on three sides by the sea. The Naze, an historic peninsula, is not only a natural open space, but is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) famed for its fossils found in the Red Crag cliffs.

It’s because of this that the Essex Wildlife Trust has invested, via the ‘Naze Heritage Project’ to the construction of ‘The Naze Education and Visitors Centre’, almost finished and due to open to the public this Spring.

We at The Survey Initiative support the work that The Woodland Trust carry out, we love trees, we love all things green, we’re an environmentally friendly bunch and strive to keep our carbon footprint down.

So what’s that got to do with this … read more »

What Is Employee Engagement?

January 21st, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Employee engagement is a workplace approach designed to ensure that employees are committed to the goals and values of their organisation, motivated to contribute to the success of their organisation, and are able, at the same time, to develop their own sense of job satisfaction and well-being.

Is this all management jargon or can employee engagement be useful to SMEs?

The research speaks for itself; many organisations have carried out employee engagement research and those that score highly also have higher rates of profitability, lower staff turnover and associated costs of recruitment, and higher customer loyalty than organisations with average employee engagement ratings. It’s simple really, if an employee is happy, enjoys their work, and feels valued they are keen to excel in their role and help the business succeed. What does become difficult for managers is identifying who¹s engaged and who’s not. Typically this is much easier for a managing director of a small workforce to answer than one of a much … read more »

What Drives Employee Engagement?

January 19th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

There are many benefits of having an engaged workforce. Engaged employees are an asset to any organisation and give you the edge in an increasingly competitive marketplace. They’re more productive, absenteeism through sickness is reduced and they go that extra mile. In an ever-changing world it’s vital to gauge how motivated your staff are on a regular basis.

We at The Survey Initiative pride ourselves in the work we do in partnership with our clients and endeavour to discover what the main drivers for employee engagement are for each of them.

Employee engagement drivers differ from one organisation to another, from industry to industry and also from country to country. However, they are powered by similar individual triggers that make an employee want to stay with their organisation, become an advocate and put in their discretionary effort.

Whilst the drivers for each organisation differ, here we discuss what we have seen to be the top 3 drivers to having great employee engagement:-

Appreciation … read more »

It’s Gloomy Out There

January 14th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

The weather we’ve been experiencing here in the U.K., and indeed in some other parts of the world, is hardly inspiring and can easily have an effect on our motivation to get things done.

The connection between how employees feel and how an organisation performs is now beyond question. Anything that can have a detrimental effect on employee engagement and productivity levels should be addressed.

Of course, we can’t change how the weather is going to be. If your people are turning up for work with a face like a wet weekend, because it has been a wet weekend, then organisations should look to boost the mood and lift spirits in the workplace, helping to increase employee engagement levels.

Here are few fun ideas to put in place, to cheer your employees up, and allow them to forget about the lousy weather.

Get a move on

Exercise is without doubt, one of the best ways to get people feeling good. It’s not everyone’s cup of … read more »

Set Out Your Business Resolutions

January 7th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

At this time of year, people reflect on the year gone by and look to make New Year’s resolutions for the coming year.

And there’s no reason why businesses can’t make resolutions too, after all they are every bit as important.

However, as most us know, it’s all too easy to fall off the resolution wagon. In order to stick to a resolution it must be realistic, achievable and sustainable.

What we quite often forget, is that New Year’s day, is just a day like any other, so, resolutions can be made at any time.

Today, we’d like to offer up some ideas to help organisations set and stick to their resolutions.

  • Lessons learnt
  • Take a look back over the previous year and highlight where things went wrong, then draw up a plan to ensure these problems and issues are eliminated, never to be repeated.

  • Focus on good clients
  • Whilst it may look impressive to have a long list of big, well known clients on your website, are … read more »

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