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Saying NO!

February 25th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

It’s fair to say that many organisations are expecting their people to do more work, in less time and in some instances, for less pay. Whilst a certain amount of workplace stress can be a positive thing, too much stress and anxiety can have an adverse effect on peoples well-being, productivity and the all-important employee engagement levels.

People say YES to taking on more work because they want to be seen as fundamental to the team, seem keen or just want to please other people. They feel that a NO response would be unwelcome and possibly provoke an aggressive reaction. Others on the other hand say YES because they are just unthinking and unrealistic about what they are able to deliver.

However, being able to say NO can be a real asset in your career.

If your first reaction is to say NO, then it is important for you to think about why you’re wanting to say NO. Determine how much time you … read more »

Employee Research Supports Sky High Ambitions For CloudFM

February 23rd, 2016 by Gary Cattermole | No Responses

Our latest blog is a Q&A with Michelle Morgan, Group Human Resources Manager, at facilities management company Cloudfm, on their recent employee research programme with The Survey Initiative…

Why did you decide to embark on a staff survey?

As a fast growing national company, it’s vital that we understand what motivates our staff and how we can improve the way we work to enhance employee satisfaction. We therefore decided to conduct a global survey as part of a wider set of measures designed to gather feedback and ensure that our plans align with staff requirements.

Why did you choose The Survey Initiative?

The Survey Initiative was recommended to us. We were keen to work with an organisation that could manage the entire process, from survey design to analysis, as this reinforced the anonymous nature of the exercise.

This was your first staff survey, how did staff receive the survey?

We trailed the survey with a series of communications, including eye-catching posters that introduced the survey and … read more »

Cultivating Employee Engagement

February 9th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Encouraging employees to get their hands dirty during their lunch breaks or after work is not such a bad idea.

Community gardens in large towns and cities have long since flourished so it’s not surprising that workplace gardens and natural spaces have been fast trending.

For many people, when they retire, they look forward to spending more time in their gardens and leading more of the ‘good life’, but perhaps they needn’t wait until then. Becoming green-fingered is a trait more and more organisations are positively promoting – and on-site too.

Organisations are beginning to realise that creating a workplace garden, either outside in the grounds of the office or converting office space into some much-appreciated natural space (including converting their roofs) is a simple way of cultivating a stronger sense of employee engagement and happiness at work.

The research behind nature’s rejuvenating qualities for employees is becoming more and more accepted. A paper on green space design issued for the … read more »

If Music Be Food . . . .

February 8th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

There has been a lot of research carried out about how music in the workplace can benefit workers and even more so, their employers. I know I love to have the radio on whilst working, but does it improve how and what I do?

Music in the workplace has been going on for centuries. During the UK’s period of economic and social change, around 1760, orchestras and singers were drafted into factories to sing and play music amongst the workers. Handloom workers in the Victorian era worked such long hours, that they sang together to keep awake and ultimately, keep the looms going. Even the 1937 Walt Disney musical fantasy, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs depicted the dwarfs ‘whistling whilst they worked’. They all seemed to enjoy working with their picks to dig for jewels – perhaps except for Grumpy!

I was quite surprised to find out, that during 1940, the BBC ran a radio program called ‘Music While You Work’. … read more »

Getting Away From It All

February 2nd, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Now that Christmas is well behind us, it’s that time of year where people look forward to their next holiday or time off.

For centuries, employees have been entitled to a set number of days away from work, however, on top of holiday entitlement, the introduction of flexible working is becoming an increasingly popular policy in many organisations.

There has been much kudos attached to presenteeism, but it seems that this is fast disappearing as organisations are not so much worried about when or where work is done, but what work is done and the quality thereof.

Many of us have heard about the approach taken by Richard Branson and his company Virgin. They have taken flexibility with time off one step further by allowing their people to take as much time off as they like, but employees must  take on the responsibility of ensuring that the work that is needed to be done, gets done, and that their time off doesn’t impact … read more »

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