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Ohh Matron! – A Debate On Employee Engagement From The 70’s

April 14th, 2014 by Gary Cattermole | No Responses

The notion that employee engagement is something new, fan dangled or faddy is simply not true.

If you look at the aspects, elements, drivers of high employee engagement they are neither complicated, nor wholly new concepts or situations.

Take a look at this Michael Parkinson interview from the 1970′s that included Maggie Smith and the poet laureate Sir John Betjeman and his last guest is the irrepressible Kenneth Williams.

Parkinson and Williams were never the best of friends, as is detailed by Parkinson at the start of this piece.  What is interesting however, is the discussion they enter into that relates directly, to employee engagement.

Williams’s notion is that, regardless of ones job, it’s about people doing the best they can, looking for a great sense of pride and achievement in what they do, even if the work is ‘monotonous’ such as fitting door knobs!

Parkinson’s view is somewhat different however, possibly shaped from his Northern upbringing and political views and that … read more »

Actually, It Is A Laughing Matter…

April 10th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Work-related stress is a huge problem in the UK and, with on average 40 day’s unpaid overtime a year, Britons work the longest hours in Europe. This has led to workers in the UK taking approximately 5 days a year off with stress, anxiety and depression as reasons for their absence (disengaged employees, on average, take even more – around 6.2 days per year) and also affects levels of employee engagement, job satisfaction and productivity.

So, tackling stress and stress related illnesses is important, not only for an individual but for employers as well.

There are many ways stress can be dealt with, but one of the best ways, not just because it’s free, but because it has many other health benefits and is fun, is laughter.

There is existing research giving us hope that our old knock-knock jokes aren’t just making people feel better; they actually are making them better.

Stress Beater

Levels of stress hormones like cortisol … read more »

Dealing With The Doldrums At Work

April 9th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Just being able to get through the day is just one of the motivational problems that people encounter at work and it can have an adverse effect on employee engagement levels and productivity won’t exactly be at its peak. So, just how do you deal with the problem of boredom?

Of course, there are the more obvious and sensible ideas, such as making sure there is enough work to keep you busy and creating interesting and inspiring tasks.

But here, we’d like to offer 10 alternative, creative and quirky ideas to prevent the boredom from setting in:-

Write a blog

A great idea for when things are slow at work. Write down lists, thoughts and ideas. This will help give you topics to write about. Make sure you write about things that interest you, things that you are knowledgeable about and things that other people may be interested in.

Meditate at your desk

This is not a fancy term for taking a sneaky … read more »

Keeping The Fire Stoked

April 8th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Just like losing some weight or giving up smoking we all know that the journey to achieving a goal can be tough. But, what we also know is that keeping the weight off or continued refrainment from nicotine can be equally, if not more of a test than getting there in the first place.

It’s no different when it comes to employee engagement. Maintaining your organisations employee engagement momentum is challenging, especially in times of change and economic difficulties.

There can be no doubt that there is a direct link between employee engagement and the overall performance and success of an organisation as well as a direct relation to an employee’s own productivity and wellbeing. Therefore, it is vital that organisations concentrate on maintaining employee engagement during tough times.

It’s during these times that employees can feel insecure about their jobs, with concerns about redundancies, fears of cuts in salaries and other benefits, which can all result in a decrease in job … read more »

News Just In………..

April 7th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

We have been rewarded and recognised for all our hard work over the past 12 months by being shortlisted for a ‘Business 2 Business’ award at the prestigious Essex Business Awards being held in Southend on 9th May 2014.

As you may be aware, we have experienced exponential growth over the past year and have picked up contracts from a wide range of NHS Trusts, multinationals and SMEs too.

Gary Cattermole, Director, The Survey Initiative, is delighted. He says: “The team has worked particularly hard, and we have seen impressive growth over all our clients’ sectors: from construction to hospitality and healthcare to retail. We shall be looking forward to the award ceremony and it will be a chance to say ‘thank you’ to our incredible team.”

Our company was launched in 2006 to offer bespoke employee surveys. We’re very proud of our long-standing working relationships with our clients, which include: Royal Society of Chemistry, Accor Hotels UK & … read more »

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