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Tips To Boost Employee Engagement

August 20th, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

These days, most organisations have wised up to the fact that an engaged workforce leads to greater productivity and better staff retention. On top of this, having engaged people creates a happier, healthier place to work.

And while it can sometimes be hard to spot the signs of employees who are becoming less engaged, prevention is always better than the cure.

That’s why forward-looking directors and managers make sure that every aspect of their employees’ working day is examined through the lens of staff engagement.

Time and time again, they’ve found that getting various factors right keeps employees engaged and stops problems happening before they take hold.

Why don’t you try them for yourself?

  • Inspiring Leadership

Critical to employee engagement is having competent, passionate and hands-on leadership. Make sure your interest in your people is genuine and take the time to understand their needs and aspirations. This will show that their contributions are recognised and valued. Remember to make sure actions reflect what is being said … read more »

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 »

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