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Get Drastic With Plastic

September 4th, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Very much in the news these days is the devastating effect that plastic has on our precious wildlife if left to blow and float around our landscapes.

Most of us have seen video footage of animals and birds caught up in something made of plastic – seals trapped in a fishing net, birds with plastic bottle tops wedged onto their beaks, turtles with plastic straws jammed up their nostrils, deer with their heads caught up in discarded plastic garden furniture. And we know it doesn’t end there and that there are plenty more incidents of creatures being ensnared in plastic, and even, sadly, dying from such a predicament.

Whilst there may be no quick fix to this worldwide problem, there are still many campaigns afoot to try and reduce the amount of plastic used, both at home in our day to day lives as well as in industry, especially supermarkets, who are turning to providing paper bags and allowing people to bring … read more »

It’s Got Legs

September 3rd, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

We have often talked about how inspiring working environments have a positive effect on employee engagement. Well here’s a whacky idea for you!

Danish architect studio N55 has developed a dwelling that literally walks about. Seems a bit Star Trek, but it’s true.

Built on six insect like, independently manoeuvrable hydraulic legs, and reaching a top speed of (wait for it) 60 meters an hour, this high tech, robotic invention can travel on almost any terrain, offering an ever-changing view from its numerous windows.

It also has lots of other features that we like too. It is solar and wind-powered, has an eco-friendly compostable loo, collects rainwater and has an environmentally friendly system that produces hot water. As well as this, it stands 3.5 meters high, avoiding floods and the designers say a wood burner to produce CO2 neutral heat can be added as well as a small greenhouse to grow crops.

This creeping crawling contraption can be programmed at a walking pace. It’s … read more »

Meet the team – Jaime Johnson

August 22nd, 2018 by tsiadmin | No Responses

Here’s Jaime!

What’s Your Biggest Inspiration?

My parents instilled a work ethic in me at a young age – cleaning cars for pocket money – they both worked hard, my father set up his own business whilst supporting a young family, and now I work to inspire the same work ethic and initiative in my three children.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I enjoyed school and I always wanted to go to university, and that was my goal growing up – to get the grades to head off to uni. I also had to work my way through too and spent many an hour in call centres and packing pork chops!

What motivates you?

I enjoy giving employees a voice and helping organisations make sense of their staff’s experience.

What do you bring to the world of employee research?

I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise, I’ve worked in the industry all my working life – nearly two decades; I also … read more »

Tips To Boost Employee Engagement

August 20th, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

These days, most organisations have wised up to the fact that an engaged workforce leads to greater productivity and better staff retention. On top of this, having engaged people creates a happier, healthier place to work.

And while it can sometimes be hard to spot the signs of employees who are becoming less engaged, prevention is always better than the cure.

That’s why forward-looking directors and managers make sure that every aspect of their employees’ working day is examined through the lens of staff engagement.

Time and time again, they’ve found that getting various factors right keeps employees engaged and stops problems happening before they take hold.

Why don’t you try them for yourself?

  • Inspiring Leadership

Critical to employee engagement is having competent, passionate and hands-on leadership. Make sure your interest in your people is genuine and take the time to understand their needs and aspirations. This will show that their contributions are recognised and valued. Remember to make sure actions reflect what is being said … read more »

Benefits of Conducting an Employee Engagement Survey

August 14th, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

We’ve been conducting employee research for over 20 years and in our experience, the main benefits of employee research include:

  • Demonstrating to employees that you are taking a genuine interest in them, their views and ideas;
  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses in management performance and organisational policies, procedures and technology which will improve operational efficiency and employee satisfaction while reducing costs;
  • Improving employee retention, which will in turn cut the costs of recruiting and retraining replacement staff and make your company a more attractive employment proposition;
  • Facilitate ongoing communication;
  • Gauge employees opinions of employers benefits programs;
  • Learn about working conditions from an employees point of view;
  • Can provide insight into where employee morale stands beyond what you see on the surface;
  • Improving work/home balance and reducing absenteeism;
  • Determining key contributors and barriers to delivering excellent customer service and getting employee suggestions for improvements;
  • Highlighting any issues that arise from changes in current programmes and consulting on various plans, such as relocation, so that they can be managed and the benefits realised … read more »
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