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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 »

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 »

“Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee” – Muhammed Ali

June 7th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Many people have been saddened by the loss of one of the world’s most charismatic, significant and celebrated sportsmen – Muhammed Ali.

There is no doubt that Ali was one of the world’s greatest boxers of all time and he lived an extraordinary life.

What certainly comes across about Ali, from his successes inside and outside the ring is that he was a high achiever.

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life” – Muhammed Ali.

So what was it about Ali? What makes many successful people such high achievers in their careers and personal lives?

Here, we offer up a few tips on how to be a high achiever:-

Have big dreams

High achievers are not frightened to have big dreams – imagination has no limits. Once you have set your ultimate goals, make sure you set out clear steps to get there.

Be yourself

Stop trying to be somebody you’re not. Be yourself at all times and set about becoming the … read more »

It’s Gloomy Out There

January 14th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

The weather we’ve been experiencing here in the U.K., and indeed in some other parts of the world, is hardly inspiring and can easily have an effect on our motivation to get things done.

The connection between how employees feel and how an organisation performs is now beyond question. Anything that can have a detrimental effect on employee engagement and productivity levels should be addressed.

Of course, we can’t change how the weather is going to be. If your people are turning up for work with a face like a wet weekend, because it has been a wet weekend, then organisations should look to boost the mood and lift spirits in the workplace, helping to increase employee engagement levels.

Here are few fun ideas to put in place, to cheer your employees up, and allow them to forget about the lousy weather.

Get a move on

Exercise is without doubt, one of the best ways to get people feeling good. It’s not everyone’s cup of … read more »

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