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Leaders At The Coal Face

June 16th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

We at The Survey Initiative create tailored employee surveys designed to meet the specific needs and outcomes for our clients.

One aspect of our design, is to include free text questions to allow employees to further communicate on key areas important to them and to add any further questions or comments in their own words.

We are then able to read the responses and categorise them into key themes for ease of analysis.

Quite often, one particular theme comes through, that of not being listened to or recognised. Employees, through using their own words, try and explain that their leaders and managers do not always listen or take their opinions in account. They feel that their ideas and concerns are not heard, especially when important business decisions are made and that those higher up in the organisation lose sight of what is going on at the ‘coal face’.

A great employee engagement activity to help tackle this problem is to plan … read more »

“Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee” – Muhammed Ali

June 7th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Many people have been saddened by the loss of one of the world’s most charismatic, significant and celebrated sportsmen – Muhammed Ali.

There is no doubt that Ali was one of the world’s greatest boxers of all time and he lived an extraordinary life.

What certainly comes across about Ali, from his successes inside and outside the ring is that he was a high achiever.

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life” – Muhammed Ali.

So what was it about Ali? What makes many successful people such high achievers in their careers and personal lives?

Here, we offer up a few tips on how to be a high achiever:-

Have big dreams

High achievers are not frightened to have big dreams – imagination has no limits. Once you have set your ultimate goals, make sure you set out clear steps to get there.

Be yourself

Stop trying to be somebody you’re not. Be yourself at all times and set about becoming the … read more »

Listen Up!

June 2nd, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

It’s fair to say that the biggest asset any organisation has is its people. So, when changes and decisions need to be made, shouldn’t organisations be listening and involving their employees? After all, they are the ones at the coal face and responsible for day to day tasks and could come up with ideas that could positively change organisations and their bottom line. It is also quite likely that they know a lot more about how the organisation ‘ticks’ than the leaders!

Listening may seem a simple concept, but very often, organisations fail to listen and consider the views of their employees. Here, we offer up just a few ways organisations can listen to their employees:-

Conduct a staff survey

Carrying out a regular staff survey with key questions relating to working life will get employees thinking more about the areas covered during their day to day work. However, it is vital that this approach is not an empty gesture. Make sure responses … read more »

A Must Have For Employee Engagement

May 10th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

As organisations strive to improve performance and deliverance, having an engaged workforce is not only an advantage to achieving this, but also plays a key part as to whether an organisation sinks or swims.

Being able to harness the willingness and discretionary effort of employees will most certainly improve performance. If people are performing at their very best, it makes sense that organisations will work more collaboratively and effectively together, giving the best service, improving efficiency and enhancing performance.

It’s because of this that the concept of ’employee engagement’ is receiving a fast growing interest in the business world, with many organisations building an ‘employee engagement programme’ into their business strategies.

There are three key parts to developing and implementing an ‘employee engagement programme’

Firstly, without conducting an employee survey, it would make no sense. Without feedback from your people on how they feel about certain aspects of working for their employer, for example, do they have the right information and resources to carry … read more »

Assertiveness In The Workplace

March 10th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

What is assertiveness?

Assertiveness is a very important communication skill and is based on a philosophy of personal responsibility and an awareness of the rights of other people around you.

Being assertive means being honest and true to yourself and others. It gives you the ability to say directly what it is you would like, what you need and how you are feeling. However, this is not to be at the expense of other people.

Many people think that being assertive means being rude, loud and aggressive. This is not true. Being assertive is about ‘making sure your voice is heard’, not about ‘getting your own way’. It’s also not a means to obtain a quick fix or to manipulate other people.

Put simply, being assertive is that happy medium between being too aggressive and too passive.

So why is assertiveness in the workplace so important?

Well in a way it links back to a previous blog about Saying ‘NO’ in the workplace. … read more »

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