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

March 20th, 2017 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

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 next operator in a series.

If you have ever played ‘Chinese whispers’, you may very well know the outcome of the process.

So, “Send reinforcements, we’re going to advance” famously degenerated to the title of this blog.

Now it may seem amusing and intriguing how passed down messages end up as garbled miscommunication, but actually, communicating accurately is paramount in any organisation. Avoiding the pitfalls of poor communications practice is not easy. Afterall, we give and receive messages day in and day out without giving it much thought. Therefore, because it comes naturally to us, we very often omit to think about the process of communication.

Communication is all about conceiving, sending, receiving, interpreting messages and … read more »

Tuck Yourself In and Straighten Up Your Tie

August 18th, 2015 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

With the kids going back to school only a matter of weeks away, I’ve been assessing what school uniform still fits and what new items need to be purchased.

This has culminated in some heated discussions with my daughter about why the school insists that a set uniform is worn and got me thinking about why many employers also insist that their employees wear a uniform.

Uniforms and dress codes are standard practice in many workplaces worldwide, but why is there a need to define work clothing?

Sense of unity and equality

Work uniforms promote a sense of team spirit and belonging. When employees wear a uniform, regardless of position or financial status, employees feel a sense of unity and equality. Clothing is a key social class differentiator, which can create tension and jealousy. Removing this element can therefore contribute to healthier relationships amongst staff and a better workplace environment.

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A good reason for dressing your employees in a uniform that sports a visible … read more »

The Survey Initiative Becomes Finalist in County’s Business Awards

July 30th, 2015 by tsiadmin | No Responses

The exponential growth of a leading Colchester-based staff survey and employee research consultancy, The Survey Initiative, has led to it being shortlisted for this year’s Essex Business Excellence Awards.

As a finalist in the Best Growing Business category, The Survey Initiative which launched in 2006, now counts the Telegraph, Scania, Natural History Museum, NHS Trusts, Vimto, Big Yellow Storage and Babcock among its clients.

Over the past two to three years in particular, the company has achieved outstanding success, with over 80% of its business coming through either repeat business or referrals.

The Survey Initiative Director, Gary Cattermole, is understandably delighted to be a finalist: “I believe we can attribute our success to the fact that we provide outstanding customer service. This is supported by feedback we have received from our client perception survey – 97% of our clients stated that the quality of our work and the service we provide has improved or stayed the same over … read more »

All Hands On Deck

April 29th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Today’s tube strike in London is undoubtedly going affect many businesses and organisations across the capital with quite possibly a hefty chunk of their workers unable to get into work for part if not all of the day.

This leaves those that have managed to get into the office having to work extra hard to keep the business going.

Now if this is not a good reason to ensure your organisation has high employee engagement levels, people who put in additional effort above and beyond what is expected of them and totally advocate who they work for, then I don’t know what is.

Investing in your workforce, probably the biggest asset any organisation has, to increase their engagement levels, has huge benefits.

The most worthwhile engagement is seen in employees who happily want to ‘go the extra mile’ and apply their efforts effectively. The upshot is that this mixture of action and line of sight ends up with an engaged employee … read more »

News Just In………..

April 7th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

We have been rewarded and recognised for all our hard work over the past 12 months by being shortlisted for a ‘Business 2 Business’ award at the prestigious Essex Business Awards being held in Southend on 9th May 2014.

As you may be aware, we have experienced exponential growth over the past year and have picked up contracts from a wide range of NHS Trusts, multinationals and SMEs too.

Gary Cattermole, Director, The Survey Initiative, is delighted. He says: “The team has worked particularly hard, and we have seen impressive growth over all our clients’ sectors: from construction to hospitality and healthcare to retail. We shall be looking forward to the award ceremony and it will be a chance to say ‘thank you’ to our incredible team.”

Our company was launched in 2006 to offer bespoke employee surveys. We’re very proud of our long-standing working relationships with our clients, which include: Royal Society of Chemistry, Accor Hotels UK & … read more »

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