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Keep Your Cool

July 3rd, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

The arrival of summer and increasing temperatures are welcomed by most, but persistent high temperatures can carry health risks. In this sweltering heat, piling on the sun cream and sporting a floppy hat might not be enough to keep cool.

Here we offer up some ideas to help you chill out:-

  • Keep out of the sun, especially between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when temperatures reach their peak and avoid unnecessary exertion
  • Drink plenty of cold drinks, place water bottles in the fridge so that the water is extra cool§  Ever heard ‘cool as a cucumber’? Eating cool and light foods will help, avoid eating meat and protein-heavy foods which increase your metabolic rate
  • Dress to keep cool, and choose loose clothing made of cotton and avoid synthetic materials which trap moisture
  • Close blinds and curtains which will help to stop rooms overheating
  • Use a fan, and for extra effectiveness, place a bowl of ice or cold water in front of it which will decrease … read more »

How to Build a Culture of Rewards, Recognition and Engagement?

June 12th, 2018 by Jaime Johnson | No Responses

We often talk about creating a culture of employee engagement but how can we influence employees day-to-day experience to offer meaning, impact, connection and appreciation in their everyday work.

Culture is a way of life which binds people together under one identity.  Workplace culture is the environment created by companies to offer a work-life experience for employees, often in order to encourage their loyalty.  The work culture is not the same for every company as it is determined by the values, expectation, and missions of each individual organisation.

How can you help to foster employee engagement through a positive employee experience?

Share the core values: Establishing a defined, well-communicated vision grounded in core values — and recognising behaviour that supports that vision — gives employees a sense of meaning and purpose in their work. Having leadership communicate core values regularly and clearly builds meaning into the employee experience.

Provide recognition: You can’t overestimate the power of appreciation. Research shows that employees who get … 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 »

This Little Girl’s Mum Teaches Us A Lesson About What Fairness Really Means

September 18th, 2017 by Jacqueline Mitchell | No Responses

I overheard a conversation in a shoe shop the other day.  A little girl was bemoaning that her mum wouldn’t buy her a particular set of trainers and she was going to tell her dad how mean her mum was.

I shouldn’t have listened in but I was interested in the reply.  Was mum going to give in, was she going to snap back a retort, was she going to ignore her.  But instead, her mum stopped and asked her why she thought she should have them.  The conversation went something like this:

Girl: “but why can’t I have them, it’s not fair”

Mum: pause… “so, tell me why it’s not fair”

Girl: “you bought them for Lucy last week”

Mum: “yes I did, but why does that mean I should buy you a pair too?”

Girl: “erm…because it’s not fair that she gets a pair and I don’t”

Mum: “but do you know why I bought Lucy a pair?”

Girl: staring at the floor sensing a trap… … 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 »

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