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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 »

Leaders At The Coal Face

June 16th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

We at The Survey Initiative create tailored employee surveys designed to meet the specific needs and outcomes for our clients.

One aspect of our design, is to include free text questions to allow employees to further communicate on key areas important to them and to add any further questions or comments in their own words.

We are then able to read the responses and categorise them into key themes for ease of analysis.

Quite often, one particular theme comes through, that of not being listened to or recognised. Employees, through using their own words, try and explain that their leaders and managers do not always listen or take their opinions in account. They feel that their ideas and concerns are not heard, especially when important business decisions are made and that those higher up in the organisation lose sight of what is going on at the ‘coal face’.

A great employee engagement activity to help tackle this problem is to plan … read more »

“Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee” – Muhammed Ali

June 7th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Many people have been saddened by the loss of one of the world’s most charismatic, significant and celebrated sportsmen – Muhammed Ali.

There is no doubt that Ali was one of the world’s greatest boxers of all time and he lived an extraordinary life.

What certainly comes across about Ali, from his successes inside and outside the ring is that he was a high achiever.

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life” – Muhammed Ali.

So what was it about Ali? What makes many successful people such high achievers in their careers and personal lives?

Here, we offer up a few tips on how to be a high achiever:-

Have big dreams

High achievers are not frightened to have big dreams – imagination has no limits. Once you have set your ultimate goals, make sure you set out clear steps to get there.

Be yourself

Stop trying to be somebody you’re not. Be yourself at all times and set about becoming the … read more »

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