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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 »

Trust In Me

October 16th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

There has never been a more important time to have an engaged workforce. Engaged employees are more likely to put in more discretionary effort to go the extra mile for their employers and with this enthusiasm comes a better and more valuable customer and client experience.

OK, so not all employees consider their employers to be slippery snakes, but trust is one of the most important aspects when it comes to employee engagement as well as being one of the keys to the wellbeing of employees and the performance of an organisation.

Developing and maintaining trust is critical to success in an individual’s career, workplace teams, leadership and business. Trust is the foundation for all things good in workplaces.

So how do you gain and maintain trust?

Whilst there is no quick simple answer, trust comes from how people behave, and some of the following suggestions seem quite obvious.

1. Be Honest

The first step in building trust is to be honest. Remain … read more »

The shopping list of staff surveys…Part Two

October 15th, 2014 by Gary Cattermole | 1 Response

Gary Cattermole is a Director at leading staff survey provider and employee engagement specialists, The Survey Initiative. Here he offers advice on the most effective and value-for-money solutions to running a survey, and why sometimes it’s best to get face-to-face.…

In our last blog we discussed the surveys on offer in the HR, training and health and safety arenas; we discussed the options available to glean information on rates of employee engagement, accidents in the workplace, or training course feedback etc. Here we shall look in more depth at the costs of running a survey, and what methods prove most valuable…

Running a survey the costs…

Organising, implementing and evaluating a staff survey does not necessarily have to be expensive. A survey can be undertaken quickly and cheaply, but this will really depend on the complexity, style and demographic of your workforce. For many SMEs it’s a waste of time to bring in an … read more »

The shopping list of staff surveys…Part One

October 14th, 2014 by Gary Cattermole | 1 Response

Gary Cattermole is a Director at leading staff survey provider and employee engagement specialists, The Survey Initiative. Here he gives the lowdown on the various types of surveys that have been conducted for HR, Training and Health & Safety Departments, and offers advice on which survey to select for the best results…

As you’ll probably be aware there are a whole host of surveys you can choose if you’re looking to analyse HR, training or health and safety in the workplace. Firstly let’s look at the options on offer in HR.

HR Surveys

With an HR survey the crux of the matter is really to establish what it’s like to work somewhere. HR professionals are trying to find out what works well and what doesn’t. Here’s some tools that can really help…

Employee engagement survey

For many years now employee engagement has become a ‘buzz’ word within HR departments. Everyone is looking at ways to increase employee loyalty, work ethic, productivity to help boost … read more »

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