Effective Written Communication

Whilst it’s not the only way to communicate, but effective written communication in the workplace is extremely important and relevant. ‘Time is money’ and the more time wasted on inaccurate and lost messages, the more money a business loses. For example, lack of detail in a memo or email...

Wendy the Wagtail and her lessons in communication

The incident got us talking about communication and assumptions.  The initial exclamation from my colleague hadn’t given enough information; and on first glance it did look very much like Wendy had collapsed.  It was only when I got up and went to look for myself, and when we waited...

Corporate Identity – How Important?

Corporate identity is a lot more than just a logo stamped onto all and sundry. It is also the way in which an organisation presents itself to the public, such as its customers and investors as well as its employees. It is a projection of the desired image of...

How do you organise your project teams?

The majority of us will be required to work in a team at some point in their career, in fact it has become a valuable testing method both in education but also in recruitment and selection. But how can the stage of the project affect how the team is...

The Survey Initiative And Vimto Make Shortlist Of CIPR Pride Awards

We’re delighted that our work in partnership with soft drinks giant, Vimto, has been shortlisted for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations CIPR Pride Awards (Anglia, Thames and Chiltern) for Best Internal Communications Campaign. We’ve been working with Vimto for three years and have helped the company achieve incredibly...

Seeing Things From A Different Perspective

Quite often we get stuck in a frame of mind or a place, where it can be difficult to see a situation from a different point of view. When you work in a place for an amount of time, it can be harder to see things from someone outside...

Anonymity and Confidentiality in Employee Research

Anonymity and confidentiality has always been a contentious issue in employee research and seems to have become more so over the last year or so. At The Survey Initiative, we frequently facilitate pre-survey focus groups, and always include a telephone number/email address in our questionnaires allowing potential participants to...

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You are probably thinking my spell checker is broken from the title, but you’d be wrong (I know this as it is showing angry red lines under the words above as I type this). What I have written makes sense when you speak it out loud, even though it...

“Send Three And Fourpence, We’re Going To A Dance”

Strangely enough, it’s rather fitting that I should start this blog by explaining the title. Some years ago, military orders and messages were relayed down the line via a series of radio transmissions. The radio operator had to listen carefully to the command and repeat the message onto the...

The Letter H

The Letter H is such a versatile letter, yet so often overlooked. When used at the beginning of the word it’s very often silent – in honour, honest and strangely in hotel for example. And ‘commonly’ it’s often ignored in everyday speech – ‘ello, ‘ow are you? Wikipedia tells...