First estimates produced by the ONS for 2014 suggest that productivity output per hour in the UK was 20 percentage points below the average for the rest of the major G7 advanced economies, the widest productivity gap since comparable estimates began in 1991.
Quite a shock to the system to hear that! This follows the launch by George Osbourne back in July 2015 of the Government’s ‘Fixing the Foundations’ plan. A 15 point solution to improving the UK’s productivity problem intended to make us one of the richest world-wide nations.
The statistics, the reasons, the solutions to all of this is far more complex than can be covered in this blog but it set me thinking about where opportunities exist within large and small businesses to make a difference to their own productivity.
When we work with our clients to share an understanding of how employee engagement has a direct impact on bottom line organisational performance (erm, that’s productivity … read more »
I’m sure we all remember the quiz where that legendary question would pop up. The teenage contestants able to choose a letter to help them track across a board. It always seemed that whenever P appeared on the board the contestants would vie to be able to ask for it, and therefore enjoy the moment of being the one daring to be so bold to ask ‘that’ question, yet act so nonchalant. It tickled the teenage psyche for sure.
The important thing here though was having the choice. Most of us like to have options and get greater pleasure and satisfaction from being able to choose rather than being told what we must have or do.
When we look around at our colleagues at work do we see everyone the same with similar needs and wants? Some are young, others older; some have families others not; people with different lives, beliefs and priorities. I wonder, then, why it is that we typically … read more »
With Halloween just a matter of days away, I started to think about all things scary. When I was young, I was scared of all sorts of things, my dad, the school bully, monsters under the bed, ghosts in the wardrobe, you name it, but not so much these days.
Now I’m not saying that my boss is scary, though he does tend to make me jump sometimes, he is in fact completely the opposite – very democratic, visionary and able to let us all get on with what we need to do without too much interference.
However, I have had experience of bosses that have really terrified me.
Managers definitely have a way of being intimidating, and there’s a very good reason for that. It’s because they can.
You might think that being frightened of your boss would make employees work harder to impress, but actually, nothing could be farther from the truth.
For organisations, scary, bad bosses can create all sorts of problems, … read more »
When it comes to the experience your employees have with your company, what they think about you and how they represent you to others – it’s throughout; in fact it starts before they join you, and doesn’t end when they decide to leave…
When we talk to our clients about engagement we find that most completely ‘get’ the concept that their employees can be their ambassadors. In a previous blog we explained what the (net) promoter score is which tells the employer how likely their employees are to actively promote them to others. Many employers tend to focus their attention for building and maintaining employee engagement on the period when someone is an active employee – they’ve started with you, and haven’t yet resigned. But some tend to forget that the experiences our employees have, upon which they form an opinion of the organisation, starts long before they join and just doesn’t end when they resign; so … read more »
We’re delighted to announce that we received a ‘Highly Commended’ Award at the recent 2015 Essex Business Awards in the business to business category.
Launched in 2006, our client base has grown steadily to include a variety of well known, highly reputable brands, including the Telegraph, Scania, Natural History Museum, NHS Trusts, Vimto, Big Yellow Storage and Babcock, alongside many others.
We’re understandably delighted by the result and would like to thank all staff for their hard work and dedication to the business and its growth. We pride ourselves on the collaborative relationships we build with our clients, which enables us to develop bespoke solutions to help them move their own businesses forward.
It’s always a real boost to your own business confidence when we see the results of our efforts paying off through increased business, and of course, the recognition you gain through awards such as this one.
We have also recently won the Best Growing Business at the Essex Business Excellence Awards … read more »