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The shadow!

May 16th, 2018 by Gary Cattermole | No Responses

I’m a huge fan of learning from ‘people’ and more importantly ‘listening’.  I’ve always felt that you can understand a situation or a person much better if you listen and listen well – some of the best CEOs that I’ve met are those who don’t speak first – they typically let those in the room speak and debate and once the discussion is drawing to a close will offer their view, opinion or take on a situation, having genuinely listened to multiple views and thoughts first.

By learning to listen well, you can really begin to learn and for me this is wonderfully illustrated through the shadow.  We’ve been working with a client recently on intervention work following their recent employee engagement survey – feedback from the survey, and notably from the free text comments, highlighted that there were barriers to cross team/ project working within the organisation (a bit of a silo and fiefdom mentality) … read more »

Help your people picture the problem

May 1st, 2018 by Gary Cattermole | No Responses

We worked recently with an organisation in delivering some post survey workshops, with the simple (but always taxing) premise of coming up with ideas and suggestions for implementing change within a team following our recent engagement survey.

Kath, one of our rather excellent consultants if I may say so myself, used a different approach to the traditional brainstorming, appreciate enquiry or the stop, start, continue approach.

We got creative, in fact – it all got rather messy!

Using everything from stickers, paint-spray cans, felt pens, string, clay, glue, flowers, newspaper, magazines, scissors (I could go on).  Imagine a full to brimming set of craft boxes!  We then asked the team to make pictures and images of the issues/ problems they face or are working on.  Once they’d pulled that together, we took photos and then placed them on the wall for the team (and others) to comment on and write … 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 »

New Client Wins

April 17th, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Over the past few months we’ve secured a number of new business wins. We’re delighted to have just delivered a global change survey for pharmaceutical giant, Boehringer Ingelheim. The survey was made available to over 50,000 employees in 18 languages.

Another big win is engineering support specialists, Babcock. This was a global engagement survey, translated into several languages, to Land Sector’s 12,000 employees. We’ve also picked up contracts with English National Opera and global healthcare communications agency, emotive, and Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network.

Also, we are working with Horizon Discovery, a world leading gene editing company as well as Astea Academy Trust a multi-academy trust spanning from Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire. Finally, we have also just delivered SAGlobal’s first ever engagement survey, they are a Microsoft Dynamics worldwide partner.

Give us a call if you’re considering an employee research project, call 01255 870735.

Thought leader pieces

March 27th, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

At The Survey Initiative our Directors often write thought leadership pieces for the national media.

Here’s a piece Gary Cattermole, recently put together which discusses HRs role in attracting the best brains, talent and skill to ensure their organisation can compete against the finest companies in the world. However, are HRs in danger of overselling a role to entice top talent?

Are you as good as your job ads?

HRs are tasked at attracting the best brains, talent and skill to ensure their organisation can compete against the finest companies in the world. However, are HRs in danger of overselling a role to entice top talent?

It’s a common problem, a company’s board demand top talent to fulfil its positions and naturally assign their HR team to recruit the crème de la crème. HRs scurry back to their departments and give their ads the ‘marketing bling’ to attract employees to their organisation.

But does overselling, or painting too pretty a picture really work? Employees may already have … read more »

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