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The Power of a Vision Board

August 7th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | 1 Response

As we’ve looked at in previous blogs, there are many things you can do to help improve your employee engagement level. Working to help develop your career is one of them, and creating a vision board will certainly help keep you focused on where you want your career to go.

A vision board is a large presentation board that includes cut outs of pictures, words or key phrases from magazines, newspapers or any form of paper to capture something you hope to achieve.

So why not create a vision board to help you live your career? Your boss holds you up to goals they want you to achieve throughout a year, so give yourself the same courtesy and figure out what it is you are working toward.

We know that you are probably exhausted after a hard day at work, and that you want to spend time with your family and friends, or just have a few moments to sit … read more »

Measurement of the Mind

August 6th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Selecting the right person for the job has never been more important than it is today. Mistakes are costly and has long been a problem that many employers have struggled to address. Poor selection may have catastrophic consequences for both the employee and the organisation adversely affecting employee engagement levels.

From the organisation’s viewpoint, the cost of employing and training an unsuitable candidate can be very high in terms of lost productivity and revenue, reduced efficiency, increased absenteeism, reduced morale, the cost of the selection process itself and the cost of retraining new personnel.

From the employee’s perspective, being selected for the “wrong” job may have consequences ranging from loss of motivation, reduced job satisfaction, increased work stress, failure to progress in their career, not to mention the more clinical manifestations such as depression and anxiety.

Organisations have attempted to resolve the ‘right person for the right job’ problem by using a variety … read more »

Increasing Employee Productivity

August 5th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Today, we’re looking at ways to encourage more productive working within your organisation.

As companies keep a close eye on their bottom line margins, the key to improve them is to get people working more efficiently and effectively. However, working longer hours is seldom the answer to an increased output.

If employees are able to maximise the use of resources available to them – in respect of both time and money – they can do their jobs faster, more accurately and with an improved and effective end product. This can help keep both business leaders, managers and customers happy, while providing both increased employee engagement levels and intrinsic reward for the workers themselves – satisfaction in a job well done.

There is a whole variety of techniques and technologies to help organisations improve employee productivity and efficiency. Automating tasks, reducing travel time and offering greater flexibility, autonomy and freedom of choice can theoretically boost productivity, for example.

But what specifically can … read more »

The Writings On The Wall

July 24th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | 1 Response

Communication is central to all aspects of life. It’s a vital skill for maintaining your personal as well as professional relationships.

It’s also more critically important than ever for organisations to actively promote and foster healthy communication in the workplace.

However, if you have a workforce where operations are primarily made up of sub-contractors spread over numerous project sites, as in the construction industry, then effective communication can be a real challenge.

Construction sites are information intensive environments. Various construction personnel need large amounts of information ranging from project design drawings to calendars to support their ongoing works as well as the all-important Health & Safety regulations.


There should be consideration given to the use of new technology to assist in communication. While the benefits of such items as mobile phones and two way radios are well known, digital cameras, on site internet and e-mail access can also be beneficial communication tools.

For example, detailed architectural and planning drawings can be e-mailed between the site … read more »

Keep Up To Speed – Part Two

July 23rd, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Yesterday we looked at the benefits to organisations of providing training and development opportunities to their employees.

Today we look at what needs to be done to achieve those benefits.

To achieve these results, organisations must establish a training program that includes the following elements:

Needs analysis

Training shouldn’t be done just for the sake of doing it or indeed a ‘tick box’ exercise. To ensure calculable results, it is essential to analyse what skills employees are lacking or need improving and what organisational results are needed.

Defined, measurable objectives

An organisation can measure its training program by whatever aspects it needs to improve, for example, customer satisfaction, productivity, employee satisfaction and retention or overall profitability.


Many larger organisations retain in-house training staff, but also many outsource to training professionals. If an organisation uses external training, they should look for experienced trainers who are able to assist with all stages of the training cycle: analysis, setting measurable objectives, designing and performing the training, and evaluating the results.

Results … read more »

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