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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 »

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 »

Candy Corner And Corporate Social Responsibility

May 8th, 2017 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

There have been many an article written about how Corporate Social Responsibility can have a positive effect on employee engagement and productivity levels. And, implementing such schemes also attract the best talent, so it’s no wonder many organisations take this responsibility seriously.

But actually, Corporate Social Responsibilities can be much more far-reaching than the organisation itself, as my daughter has recently discovered.

As part of her BTEC Business Studies Diploma, the class were set a task, and the degree of success counts towards their grades – important to get it right, right?

The class split up into groups and had to come up with a business idea, a service, a product, come up with a name for the business, pitch for investment and devise a business plan to get the business off the ground.

My daughter and her friends overheard another group deciding that they were going to run a lunchtime movie session in the main hall, and quickly latched onto the idea of … read more »

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