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If Music Be Food . . . .

February 8th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

There has been a lot of research carried out about how music in the workplace can benefit workers and even more so, their employers. I know I love to have the radio on whilst working, but does it improve how and what I do?

Music in the workplace has been going on for centuries. During the UK’s period of economic and social change, around 1760, orchestras and singers were drafted into factories to sing and play music amongst the workers. Handloom workers in the Victorian era worked such long hours, that they sang together to keep awake and ultimately, keep the looms going. Even the 1937 Walt Disney musical fantasy, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs depicted the dwarfs ‘whistling whilst they worked’. They all seemed to enjoy working with their picks to dig for jewels – perhaps except for Grumpy!

I was quite surprised to find out, that during 1940, the BBC ran a radio program called ‘Music While You Work’. … read more »

Getting Away From It All

February 2nd, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Now that Christmas is well behind us, it’s that time of year where people look forward to their next holiday or time off.

For centuries, employees have been entitled to a set number of days away from work, however, on top of holiday entitlement, the introduction of flexible working is becoming an increasingly popular policy in many organisations.

There has been much kudos attached to presenteeism, but it seems that this is fast disappearing as organisations are not so much worried about when or where work is done, but what work is done and the quality thereof.

Many of us have heard about the approach taken by Richard Branson and his company Virgin. They have taken flexibility with time off one step further by allowing their people to take as much time off as they like, but employees must  take on the responsibility of ensuring that the work that is needed to be done, gets done, and that their time off doesn’t impact … read more »

I See Roofs Of Green

January 28th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Just a mile or two from our main office, lies the small town of Walton-on-the-Naze. What is particularly unique about this seaside town is that it is flanked on three sides by the sea. The Naze, an historic peninsula, is not only a natural open space, but is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) famed for its fossils found in the Red Crag cliffs.

It’s because of this that the Essex Wildlife Trust has invested, via the ‘Naze Heritage Project’ to the construction of ‘The Naze Education and Visitors Centre’, almost finished and due to open to the public this Spring.

We at The Survey Initiative support the work that The Woodland Trust carry out, we love trees, we love all things green, we’re an environmentally friendly bunch and strive to keep our carbon footprint down.

So what’s that got to do with this … read more »

What Is Employee Engagement?

January 21st, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Employee engagement is a workplace approach designed to ensure that employees are committed to the goals and values of their organisation, motivated to contribute to the success of their organisation, and are able, at the same time, to develop their own sense of job satisfaction and well-being.

Is this all management jargon or can employee engagement be useful to SMEs?

The research speaks for itself; many organisations have carried out employee engagement research and those that score highly also have higher rates of profitability, lower staff turnover and associated costs of recruitment, and higher customer loyalty than organisations with average employee engagement ratings. It’s simple really, if an employee is happy, enjoys their work, and feels valued they are keen to excel in their role and help the business succeed. What does become difficult for managers is identifying who¹s engaged and who’s not. Typically this is much easier for a managing director of a small workforce to answer than one of a much … read more »

What Drives Employee Engagement?

January 19th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

There are many benefits of having an engaged workforce. Engaged employees are an asset to any organisation and give you the edge in an increasingly competitive marketplace. They’re more productive, absenteeism through sickness is reduced and they go that extra mile. In an ever-changing world it’s vital to gauge how motivated your staff are on a regular basis.

We at The Survey Initiative pride ourselves in the work we do in partnership with our clients and endeavour to discover what the main drivers for employee engagement are for each of them.

Employee engagement drivers differ from one organisation to another, from industry to industry and also from country to country. However, they are powered by similar individual triggers that make an employee want to stay with their organisation, become an advocate and put in their discretionary effort.

Whilst the drivers for each organisation differ, here we discuss what we have seen to be the top 3 drivers to having great employee engagement:-

Appreciation … read more »

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