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The Survey Initiative And Vimto Make Shortlist Of CIPR Pride Awards

July 24th, 2017 by Hilary Collins | No Responses

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 high levels of employee engagement, as well as supporting the company in the development of its values. Lynne Poole, Head of Human Resources, Vimto, explains: “We have always prided ourselves on being a great place to work. Thanks to The Survey Initiative we have been able to pinpoint areas we can become even better at. To this end we embarked on a consultation with our employees where the company values were created from the bottom-up and have been completely embraced by all.”

Since 2015 we’ve continued to work in partnership with Vimto to gauge their employees’ views on their workplace and the results have been amazing.  Gary Cattermole, Director, The Survey … read more »

Dining ‘al desko’

July 18th, 2017 by Ralph Sutcliffe | No Responses

We’ve all done it – I know I have!

It’s very easy to believe that “lunch is for wimps” – you’re so busy and important that you don’t have time to step away from your desk, to take a break, to eat. Maybe it’s peer pressure – you’re concerned that your team mates will frown on you, think you’re not pulling your weight if you’re not glued to your seat from 9 till 5. Perhaps it’s the boss you’re afraid of – thinking you obviously haven’t got enough to do or that you don’t care about meeting deadlines.

Don’t worry about the boss.

You’ll probably find that he/she actually wants you to take a break. Apart from having a legal duty to ensure that all workers have a minimum 30 minute break (subject to the length of their working day) they will know that creativity and productivity are greatly increased if you step out the door, take a walk in the park or … read more »

Work Experience

June 27th, 2017 by Amber McKinney | No Responses

As part of my first year of sixth form, my heads of year have organised a week dedicated to work experience for everyone, including myself. They spent at least a month tailoring each individual schedule for every student, and spent many phone calls trying to find businesses willing to take on students for the week. Each student was asked which area of work they would like to get into in the future, and I chose IT and anything to do with computers. Finding nearby work experience to fit that area, especially in Essex, was challenging. However, after some arrangements and a last-minute phone call, I managed to snag two days of work experience at The Survey Initiative. I was very pleased with how it is going, especially since all I thought I would be doing is making coffee and ‘housekeeping’ for the employees.

Finishing my first day, I completed some alphabetising, helped organise the office calendar, as well as some data … read more »

Seeing Things From A Different Perspective

June 13th, 2017 by Oliver Newton | No Responses

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 of your team. It can be of great benefit to mix things up, get in the trenches with the troops, roll up the sleeves and get dirty.

In my previous role, I was tasked with sourcing home care for vulnerable adults, mostly older adults, some with dementia. Although we could read the needs of the people on a computer screen, it doesn’t give you a clear understanding of what it can be like, or understanding. Thankfully I was given the chance to attend a training course that gave you a first-hand experience, the Virtual Dementia Tour It was very much an eye-opener, and by taking the time to learn this … read more »

On Your Bike

June 5th, 2017 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

To promote and encourage healthier journeys to work and to help minimise environmental pollution, the UK Government introduced tax benefits allowing employers of all sizes across the public, private and voluntary sectors to implement ‘Cycle to Work’ schemes.

The Cycle to Work Alliance is a policy coalition of four of the leading providers of the cycle to work scheme, including Cyclescheme, Cycle Solutions, Evans Cycles and Halfords and works alongside the Government to bolster its commitment to encouraging commuter cycling.

The CWA has welcomed recent research by Glasgow University, showing that cycling to work as an alternative transport method can have a significant effect on cutting the risk of heart disease and cancer.

But the benefits don’t just stop there, there’s more:-

Health benefits

Apart from the aforementioned, riding your bike more can help with weight loss, relieve stresses, increases fitness levels and encourages physical activity to be an integral part of employees lifestyles.

Environmental impact

Cycle to work schemes is a … read more »

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