Meet The Team – Alison McInney

What’s your biggest inspiration?

The world around me. I love nature. It’s good medicine. Not only do the living things around me surprise me with their diverse evolution and endurance and ability to cope with all kinds of adversities, but it has a remarkable effect on my mood and health and wellbeing. Being outside in the elements, watching the changing of the seasons and the creatures around me is refreshing and mind clearing and the place where I do most of my thinking.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Well to be perfectly honest – I don’t think I’ve properly grown up yet and still wonder what I’d truly like to be when I do eventually grow up. At school we had careers advice and I thought for a short while that I’d like to be a physiotherapist, but that meant studying science, and that’s not a strong point for me. I suppose I’ve always known that I’d like to work with and for people. People fascinate me. I think I’m a good ‘empathist’ (I like making up words!) and can build a rapport even with the most challenging of people. My CV clearly shows that I’ve always worked in customer centric roles from being a waitress in my teens, through to a career in banking, the MOD, local government and now The Survey Initiative.

What motivates you?

Opening my curtains on a new day. I try to make each day count. I enjoy being able to help others by imparting my knowledge to make something work. Recently I worked on a large piece of work which involved a few of my colleagues and I sharing information and ways of doing things to deliver the project. It turned out to be extremely successful, which in turn gave us all a sense of satisfaction and worth – that day counted.

What do you bring to the world of employee research?

It has to be my ability to work with people. I’m a good listener and have worked with people from all walks of life over the years. I’m very much a team player. I enjoy working in a team situation, and particularly enjoy the satisfaction of collective problem solving, there is always something to learn from others through this process.

What’s your most annoying trait?

Errrrr – traits. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and struggle to take other people’s criticisms lightly. I like things to be done my way for the most part but in contrast to this I can be extremely flexible and often can’t say no in an attempt to appease people.

Out of office?

I love to be out and about. I walk a lot, go camping a lot, take photographs of the things I see whilst out and I take great enjoyment from painting the things I see around me. I also enjoying sewing, spending time in my garden and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.