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Table Tennis British National Weekend

January 17th, 2015 by Gary Cattermole | No Responses

Survey Initiative Rowhedge are back in action this weekend in the next round of the British National League.

This Sunday sees Jermaine Fearon, Greg Green, Gary Cattermole and John Andrews in action against the two top teams of Waterside and Cardiff. Although a tough weekend, the team will no doubt give a good account of itself.

The team will be looking to improve its results in the return fixtures. Last time out against Cardiff saw them succumb to a 2-6 defeat with James a Denyer picking up 2. A 0-8 loss to Waterside can only be improved upon this weekend as well.

Currently mid-table with 7 points, Survey Initiative Rowhedge will be looking to finish as high as possible.  It’s been a interesting season in Division 5, which historically has some very strong teams added to it each season.  The team is more than capable of causing an upset this Sunday.

Good luck to the team on Sunday.

Do you dodge fun and glory?

January 11th, 2015 by Gary Cattermole | No Responses

As employee engagement specialists, we fully support any activity that builds rapport between team members and sport is one of the quickest ways to achieve it – it creates a common interest and provides the opportunity for fun, healthy competition and relationship building – not forgetting the chance to get fit.

With that in mind, how could we refuse the opportunity to sponsor a sport that is relatively new to the UK but has been played in the United States since the 1800s? We’re talking about Dodgeball! You may well have seen the 2004 film of the same name that starred Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, which is probably credited for bringing the sport to the attention of a wider British audience. If you haven’t yet seen it, here’s how it’s played: essentially, there are two teams who play against one another.  The main objective of each team is to eliminate all members of the opposing team by hitting them with … read more »

Christmas Stuff !

December 22nd, 2014 by amber_mckinney | No Responses

Today, since it’s the first day of my Christmas holidays, I decided to earn a bit of cash by tagging along with mum to her work place. After a quick tour of the office, I found that the place wasn’t quite up to the Christmas spirit standard that I hoped. I took it upon myself to surf the magic that is the internet to find some interestingly creative decorations that some offices have concocted.

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Post-It Note wreath. This one made me laugh at how creatively daft it was. It just goes to show how you can make Christmas happen by sticking brightly coloured bits of square paper to a window.

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Glove tree. This is an interesting example that you can make a tree out of pretty much anything that you have an abundance of in the office. Just make sure you have plenty of ‘puff’ for this one though.

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A Fairy on top. Literally. If you’re going to decorate your … read more »

Employee Appraisals – Why Bother?

November 6th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

There is always that time in the year where HR departments will be preparing to send out the ever-present message from on high that managers need to turn their attention to completing performance reviews of their people.

Employees, as well as managers, often question why organisations carry out employee performance appraisals. Anyone who has received or been given a performance appraisal could argue why they recognise it to be ineffective and a complete waste of time.

Conducting appraisals is just one aspect of performance management employed to manage performance and is seen as a ‘must do’ within the workplace. Surprisingly however, most organisations and managers dislike doing them and often appraisals don’t get done or are conducted in such a way that has it little benefit for either party.

So Why Bother?

Why? Because you won’t know if you don’t ask.

In effect a discussion, appraisals are a very useful conversation when you want to get the best out of your employees and see growth … read more »

Employee Engagement Need Not Be Far-Flung When It Comes To Remote Workers

October 21st, 2014 by Alison McKinney | 2 Responses

Thanks to a faster than ever and even more readily accessible Internet, remote workers tend to have access to all the same technologies and information that office and on-site employees have, but with none of the office politics and distractions that can often adversely affect performance and productivity.

Because remote workers are left on their own with the responsibility to get their work done, they often feel more in control of their work schedules, keeping them on task. When employees feel like their jobs are important, their performance and productivity increases and often stay with the organisation longer, becoming strong assets.

But it’s still a challenge to keep remote workers engaged in their jobs and the office culture. Out of sight, however, shouldn’t mean out of mind.

Here, we’d like to give you some ideas as to how you can keep your remote workers as engaged in their work as possible.

Communication

This is absolute key to keeping remote employees engaged. Many employees enjoy the … read more »

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