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Right People In The Right Jobs

April 23rd, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

The skills of an organisations workforce change over time, and so does its business. Getting the right people into the right jobs is absolute key and critical to an organisations growth and overall success and getting it wrong can be costly.

Having the right people in the right jobs has many benefits.

Retention & Turnover

When people are happy, fulfilled and engaged in their work, they are much less likely to be lured away and leave an organisation. Employee retention levels are higher when you have the right people in the right jobs, both initially during the selection process and in continuing the career development of existing employees.

Brain Drain

The last thing any organisation wants is to loose employees with technical skills and knowledge – ensuring you have the right person in the right role from the outset greatly reduces the chances of the person leaving and taking their skills and knowledge with them – it’s all about ‘fit’.

Attracting Talent

Being an … read more »

Tackling The Job Exodus Time Bomb

April 22nd, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

According to Investors In People, approximately 47% of the UK’s workforce will be on the lookout for a new job in 2014.

Attracting the right employees and hanging onto them is a problematic and ongoing issue faced by many organisations.

There’s no more valuable resource for any organisation than its people, and having a workforce that is effectively motivated and engaged.

Of course, there are many ideas and suggestions for things that organisations can do to overcome this problem, implementing reward strategies and flexible benefits for example, as well as finding the right tools to inspire, energise and motivate employees.

Sadly, and quite often though, employees can become disengaged and feel           disconnected, not only in their role, but with the organisation they work for too – and before you know it, they’re off searching for another job.

One really effective way of making sure this doesn’t happen, is for an organisation to implement SMART objectives as part of their performance … read more »

Ohh Matron! – A Debate On Employee Engagement From The 70’s

April 14th, 2014 by Gary Cattermole | No Responses

The notion that employee engagement is something new, fan dangled or faddy is simply not true.

If you look at the aspects, elements, drivers of high employee engagement they are neither complicated, nor wholly new concepts or situations.

Take a look at this Michael Parkinson interview from the 1970′s that included Maggie Smith and the poet laureate Sir John Betjeman and his last guest is the irrepressible Kenneth Williams.

Parkinson and Williams were never the best of friends, as is detailed by Parkinson at the start of this piece.  What is interesting however, is the discussion they enter into that relates directly, to employee engagement.

Williams’s notion is that, regardless of ones job, it’s about people doing the best they can, looking for a great sense of pride and achievement in what they do, even if the work is ‘monotonous’ such as fitting door knobs!

Parkinson’s view is somewhat different however, possibly shaped from his Northern upbringing and political views and that … read more »

Actually, It Is A Laughing Matter…

April 10th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Work-related stress is a huge problem in the UK and, with on average 40 day’s unpaid overtime a year, Britons work the longest hours in Europe. This has led to workers in the UK taking approximately 5 days a year off with stress, anxiety and depression as reasons for their absence (disengaged employees, on average, take even more – around 6.2 days per year) and also affects levels of employee engagement, job satisfaction and productivity.

So, tackling stress and stress related illnesses is important, not only for an individual but for employers as well.

There are many ways stress can be dealt with, but one of the best ways, not just because it’s free, but because it has many other health benefits and is fun, is laughter.

There is existing research giving us hope that our old knock-knock jokes aren’t just making people feel better; they actually are making them better.

Stress Beater

Levels of stress hormones like cortisol … read more »

Dealing With The Doldrums At Work

April 9th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Just being able to get through the day is just one of the motivational problems that people encounter at work and it can have an adverse effect on employee engagement levels and productivity won’t exactly be at its peak. So, just how do you deal with the problem of boredom?

Of course, there are the more obvious and sensible ideas, such as making sure there is enough work to keep you busy and creating interesting and inspiring tasks.

But here, we’d like to offer 10 alternative, creative and quirky ideas to prevent the boredom from setting in:-

Write a blog

A great idea for when things are slow at work. Write down lists, thoughts and ideas. This will help give you topics to write about. Make sure you write about things that interest you, things that you are knowledgeable about and things that other people may be interested in.

Meditate at your desk

This is not a fancy term for taking a sneaky … read more »

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