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The Value Of Workplace Mentors

July 26th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Firstly, what is a mentor? A mentor is somebody who uses their expertise, experience and knowledge in a role to guide, support and develop a more junior, less-experienced employee, the mentee.

There are many benefits to implementing a mentoring program in the workplace, not only to the employee, but to the employer too. These programs should never be considered a waste of time as they can boost the productivity of both the mentee and mentor which ultimately contributes to overall organisational success.

Here, we offer just a few benefits that any organisation should consider when setting up a mentoring program.

For the mentee

1.   Better development and education in their role.
2.   Increases levels of productivity and employee engagement.
3.   Generates higher levels of job satisfaction.
4.   Improves interpersonal relationship skills.
5.   Builds self-confidence.
6.   Creates a better understanding of organisational culture and unspoken rules.
7.   Provides clearer paths and control in career progression.

For the mentor

1.   Produces a sense of being able to ‘give-back’.
2.   Increases levels of productivity and employee … read more »

What Barmy Weather We’re Having

July 21st, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Well, it’s true to say that the majority of the UK has experienced some gloriously barmy weather lately. Great if you’re on annual leave, but not so great if you’re having to work.

We recently conducted a Health & Safety survey for one of our clients, and what came through from many of the comments responding to the question “What 5 things would make your working environment better?” was the office temperature.

Now, regardless of the weather outside, there will always be some issue amongst workers with how hot or how cold the workplace should be. Frustrations relating to these workplace temperature issues can easily become more than just an annoyance when it impacts on the overall employee engagement and productivity levels of employees.

A number of studies have been conducted to ascertain what the workplace temperature should be to attain optimal employee engagement and productivity across workforces. The majority of research has shown that temperatures of between 70 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit (21 … read more »

My manager, my best friend

July 20th, 2016 by Jaime Johnson | No Responses

By their own admission this is the most controversial item in the Gallup q12 (http://bit.ly/29LqDGA); many stumble over the word best as it implies exclusivity. However, if you can get past the semantics of the phrase, it’s easy to understand how having friends at work can have bottom line impact.

Profit enhancing behaviour such as intention to remain with the company and develop their career within the company has been shown to be higher amongst those with workplace friendships (with impact in the region of 25%). This makes sense as you are less likely to want to leave if you have formed attachments.

If you think about it, friendships would also likely have a positive impact on team performance; allowing for better work related communication, an environment where ideas can be challenged in a constructive way, there would also be a form of social pressure to do a good job. This might help explain why those with a best friend at … read more »

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