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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 »

Sometimes it’s the simple things…

April 27th, 2018 by Jaime Johnson | No Responses

When building a team of engaged and motivated employees this phrase stands true.

You hear and read about the importance of engagement and all its benefits to the organisation’s bottom line, but you simply don’t know where to start.

Here are our favourite ideas for engaging and motiving employees – which are simple to implement and effective and, more importantly, that your team will appreciate:

1. Make work fun
Getting the balance right is important – work shouldn’t be entirely monotonous and routine. It’s disheartening to come to work at a place where you’re just working. To encourage fun at work, have some fun yourself. If people see you having some fun, they know that they’re allowed to too.

More formally, you can organise team-building activities or an event. Find ways to get the team to get together outside of work. This will give people something to look forward to, such as a BBQ or a breakfast/ lunch where you take a break as a … read more »

Work Is What You Do, It’s Not A Place

September 25th, 2017 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

The ability to work flexibly and have the empowerment and autonomy to carry out your work is a desirable work ethic that can benefit both employees and employers.

So, why is it that there are still numerous organisations out there who just can’t or won’t see how everyone can benefit?

Speaking to an old Human Resources colleague, she had told me that her Chief Exec. had refused point blank to even consider flexible working, fearing that employees would take advantage and nothing would get done.

“I just don’t understand him” she said. “After all, work is what you do, it’s not a place!”.

Of course, for some people, their role pretty much dictates where they have to work. You wouldn’t expect to visit your dentist to have a filling, in his potting shed!

Seriously though, the working world is moving and changing, and with such busy lives and rapid pace of living, people are looking to have a more flexible approach to getting the job … read more »

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 »

Saying NO!

February 25th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

It’s fair to say that many organisations are expecting their people to do more work, in less time and in some instances, for less pay. Whilst a certain amount of workplace stress can be a positive thing, too much stress and anxiety can have an adverse effect on peoples well-being, productivity and the all-important employee engagement levels.

People say YES to taking on more work because they want to be seen as fundamental to the team, seem keen or just want to please other people. They feel that a NO response would be unwelcome and possibly provoke an aggressive reaction. Others on the other hand say YES because they are just unthinking and unrealistic about what they are able to deliver.

However, being able to say NO can be a real asset in your career.

If your first reaction is to say NO, then it is important for you to think about why you’re wanting to say NO. Determine how much time you … read more »

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