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Keep Up To Speed – Part One

July 22nd, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Employee training not only contributes to increasing levels of employee engagement in the workplace but is also essential for an organisation’s success.

Training presents a perfect opportunity to expand the knowledge base of all employees, but many employers find the development opportunities expensive. In addition, employees also miss out on work time while attending training sessions, which may delay the completion of projects. Despite the potential disadvantages, training and development provides both the organisation as a whole and the individual employees with benefits that make the cost and time a worthwhile investment.

Modern work environments require good communication skills, the ability to work in a team, time-management skills, the ability to adapt to change, and to work with people from diverse cultures.

By equipping workers with a modern skill set, employers gain:

Operational effectiveness and efficiency

Through good communication and team working skills, employees are better able to work across a wide variety of job functions, to apply information, and to think … read more »

Consult, Involve, Participate and Empower

July 16th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Our research has shown that quite often, for employees to have higher levels of employee engagement, employees want to be consulted, involved and participate in organisational decisions and change, especially if it affects their role directly.

Employee involvement is an idea practiced by organisations that gives their employees a stake in decisions that directly affect their jobs. This often goes hand in hand with employee empowerment, a corporate structure that allows non-managerial employees to make autonomous decisions.

The main benefits of employee involvement and empowerment are higher levels of morale and productivity and the development of healthier co-worker relationships and creative thinking.

Improved Morale

There is a greater chance of significant increases in workplace morale if employees are involved in decisions and policy changes that directly affect their job, whilst at the same time empowering employees to be more autonomous. When employees are treated as a valued asset and their input is listened to and given consideration, confidence increases among every … read more »

A Little Bit Of Fun Upcycling In The Office

July 14th, 2014 by amber_mckinney | 1 Response

Just for fun today, a blog that’s not too serious that will make you smile, and uplift your day (actually, the serious bit is making you happier which positively affects your wellbeing).

Here are five simple office “hacks” you could do right now as explained by BuzzFeedYellow.

Sorting Out Your Wires!

Using bull dog clips, you can clip them to the side of your desk, and thread your messy and tangled wires through each one, so you can keep track of your wandering wires!

Clean That Keyboard!

Grab hold of that office post-it block, tear one off, and fold it in half, and use it to gouge out the scums and crumbs from between those keys!

Hang Your Headphones!

After listening to your tunes (which you shouldn’t do at work, but it’s fun), you can use another one of those bull dog clips, an elastic band and a pin to hang your headphones up! Just tie the prongs of the bull dog clip up with … read more »

I Just Love Working Here

July 10th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | 1 Response

Employees with high employee engagement levels, those that are devoted to their jobs and committed to their employers, are significantly more productive, drive higher customer satisfaction and outperform those who are less engaged.

They are also those more likely to feel excited about getting to work in the morning, and most loyal to their employer, and believe that where they work, is a great place to work.

So what makes a place a truly great place to work? Well here are a few attributes that you would expect:

Give employees a stake in the organisation’s success, perhaps in the form of profit sharing, or stock options, or performance related pay. If the organisation does well, all employees should have a meaningful share in its success.

Create working environments that are safe, comfortable, interesting and appealing to work in. These can include a range of areas that allow for privacy, collaboration, and simply hanging out.

Provision of healthy, high quality food, at a … read more »

Inject Some ‘Oomph’ Into Workplace Meetings

July 9th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

There is no doubt that the dull and dreaded workplace meeting is one sure way to go about disengaging employees.

Creating more energised and interesting meetings will not only help maintain and increase employee engagement levels, but ensure the meeting is as effective and productive as possible.

Increasing movement and creativity in meetings helps stimulate brain activity and focus. Everyone’s happier when employees and colleagues feel engaged and important to the meeting. Follow these fun tips to making meetings more interesting and successful:

Keep It Moving

Change some features of the meeting about every twenty minutes or so, such as presentation style, instigate a panel discussion, videos, mini-breaks, team presentations, exercises, games, quizzes, feedback, etc.

Social Time

Start ten minutes earlier than usual (e.g., 8:50 instead of 9:00 am). Ensure that this time is used a social mixer.

Ideas To Go

Line the walls of the room with posters outlining different problems for group members to solve, i.e. ‘How can we improve service in XYZ … read more »

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