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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 »

Nothing wrong with a bit of romance?

February 16th, 2015 by Jaime Johnson | No Responses

If like me you like a good read, or a rom com, you will know that some of the best romances have flourished in the office environment. We have been inspired by the advent of St. Valentines day this February to offer some features covering both our professional opinion and our personal experiences of romance in the office.

We spent most of our waking hours at work, so it’s not surprising that statistically you are more likely to meet a romantic partner at work – I met my husband at work (you can read more about that in my interview with ILM in Finding love at work).

A recently commissioned survey to promote the DVD release of the TV series, ‘How I Met Your Mother’, pro-ports that relationships that start at work are more likely to stand the test of time, but whether successful long term relationship or not, consider the impact at work.

It is … read more »

Table Tennis British National Weekend

January 17th, 2015 by Gary Cattermole | No Responses

Survey Initiative Rowhedge are back in action this weekend in the next round of the British National League.

This Sunday sees Jermaine Fearon, Greg Green, Gary Cattermole and John Andrews in action against the two top teams of Waterside and Cardiff. Although a tough weekend, the team will no doubt give a good account of itself.

The team will be looking to improve its results in the return fixtures. Last time out against Cardiff saw them succumb to a 2-6 defeat with James a Denyer picking up 2. A 0-8 loss to Waterside can only be improved upon this weekend as well.

Currently mid-table with 7 points, Survey Initiative Rowhedge will be looking to finish as high as possible.  It’s been a interesting season in Division 5, which historically has some very strong teams added to it each season.  The team is more than capable of causing an upset this Sunday.

Good luck to the team on Sunday.

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