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Is An Ergonomic Process Worth The Cost?

July 28th, 2015 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Are your staff complaining about aches and pains? Perhaps they aren’t performing at their best? Well perhaps their workstation and working environment has something to do with it.

Hunching over a desk may not seem like a major safety risk now, but imagine the possible health risks of spending 15 years working from that same position!

Having an ergonomic working environment is important because when you’re doing a job and your body is stressed by an awkward posture, extreme temperature, or repeated movement, your body could be adversely affected. Symptoms such as fatigue, discomfort, and pain, are not going to be of any benefit to either the employee or employer.

Business owners and managers are constantly trying to find ways to boost employee engagement and increase productivity while at the same time reduce health problems and absenteeism. Installing ergonomic workstations and office furniture can help accomplish all of the above in an affordable and efficient manner.

The benefits of having both an ergonomic environment … read more »

Smells Like Team Spirit

July 23rd, 2015 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

As the team at The Survey Initiative continues to grow along with the business itself, I wanted to revisit the benefits of having great team spirit and collaborative teamwork.

Despite there still being a ‘me-first’ culture where teamwork is seen as a hindrance to individual success, teamwork has been and will continue to be the key to growth and innovation for the future.

So here are just a few benefits of having a team that is working collaboratively and cohesively together.

  • Improves performance:
  • Leaving people to deal with tasks that are beyond their capabilities can lead to a less productive workforce.  Sharing tasks amongst team members and allowing individuals to concentrate on the skills they know they can do best will lead to work produced to a much higher quality and standard.

  • Increases efficiency:
  • Every individual has specialties, and collaborative environment allows each person to focus on what he or she … read more »

    Pets In The Workplace? Really?

    June 23rd, 2015 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

    Quite a few years ago now, I worked in an administrative role in a fantastic home for the elderly with mental health issues. It was a great job, no one day was ever the same.

    There was a small of group of employees who were responsible for the social interaction side of care; activities, days out etc. and I can remember how specifically effective one of the activities had on the lovely residents – animals.

    People with ‘well behaved’ pets were invited into the home to interact with the residents, and the effect was profound.

    Those with no or little speech were making efforts to verbally communicate with these furry creatures, those with no or little movement were trying to reach out to touch them, the atmosphere was uplifted and you could feel energy and happiness levels rising.

    It got me thinking……..being at work can sometimes feel dull, mundane, repetitive and, let’s face it, disengaging. What is needed is some motivational ‘ooomphhh’ at times … read more »

    Workplace Wellness – Is It Really Important?

    April 30th, 2015 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

    Most employers know that an engaged workforce is more likely to be a more effective and productive one, but what is often unrecognised is the connection between engagement and the health and wellbeing of employees.

    So the answer to the question in the title of this blog is simply – Yes!

    It makes absolute good business sense to invest in your employees’ health and wellbeing. After all employees are the biggest asset to any organisation.

    The cost of absence at work through illness is a cost most organisations can ill afford. Dame Carol Black and David Frost MBE carried out an independent sickness absence review in 2011, which amongst other things focused on the cost and nature of sickness absence in the workplace and what might help employers reduce absence and cost.

    Therefore, the trend towards incorporating wellness programmes into engagement strategies is becoming increasingly more commonplace in many organisations.

    The benefits for employers are obvious. Investing in your employees’ health … read more »

    Ralph Sutcliffe has joined the TSI team

    April 16th, 2015 by Ralph Sutcliffe | No Responses

    I am absolutely delighted to be joining The Survey Initiative!

    I’ve known Gary for the best part of 20 years as a colleague, client and friend, and having worked together on what must be into the hundreds of projects, we have a very good understanding of how each other ticks, and the same work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile to get the job done. When I met Jaime, I very soon realised that she was out of the same mould and am thrilled that TSI reflects their personalities and attitudes – which is why it’s great to be joining a well-run and close knit team which I feel I fit into, and a part of already.

    I’ve been in the market research and survey software sector for over 30 years and have worked with a range of clients from supporting independent consultants to managing multi-language international surveys for GlaxoSmithKline, as well as helping the BBC and even MI5.

    There have … read more »

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