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Meet The Team – Katherine Reid

September 11th, 2018 by Katherine Reid | No Responses

Here’s Katherine!

What’s Your Biggest Inspiration?

Seeing people achieve; be successful and do amazing things that they have worked hard for. Tenacity, determination and resilience are traits that I hugely admire in others.  I’m also partial to a bit of fabulous communication – those brilliant people who have fascinating insights to share about life the world and everything on TEDtalks are amazing.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

The only thing I knew for certain was that I didn’t want to be a teacher as my mum was a primary school teacher and a SENCO and my Dad was a Special Needs Headteacher and an OFSTED inspector.  I am curious and fascinated by people – why do we do the things we do, so I knew Psychology was going to float my boat.  For a while, I thought about being an Educational Psychologist but my Dad told me I would find that too frustrating.  So, instead, I am a Business … read more »

Benefits of Conducting an Employee Engagement Survey

August 14th, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

We’ve been conducting employee research for over 20 years and in our experience, the main benefits of employee research include:

  • Demonstrating to employees that you are taking a genuine interest in them, their views and ideas;
  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses in management performance and organisational policies, procedures and technology which will improve operational efficiency and employee satisfaction while reducing costs;
  • Improving employee retention, which will in turn cut the costs of recruiting and retraining replacement staff and make your company a more attractive employment proposition;
  • Facilitate ongoing communication;
  • Gauge employees opinions of employers benefits programs;
  • Learn about working conditions from an employees point of view;
  • Can provide insight into where employee morale stands beyond what you see on the surface;
  • Improving work/home balance and reducing absenteeism;
  • Determining key contributors and barriers to delivering excellent customer service and getting employee suggestions for improvements;
  • Highlighting any issues that arise from changes in current programmes and consulting on various plans, such as relocation, so that they can be managed and the benefits realised … read more »

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 »

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 »

Have a Happy Christmas!

December 22nd, 2017 by tsiadmin | No Responses

2017 has flown by and what a year it has been! Business has been booming at The Survey Initiative over the past 12 months with record new business wins. We were especially pleased to pick up contracts for Institute of Physics, Essex Cares Ltd, Mathematics in Education and Industry, and Intercede all of which have been a pleasure to work with and are dedicated to using the research we produce. We have continued our working relationship with Saint-Gobain, Boehringer Ingelheim and Babcock.

It’s also been an award-winning year for the team. In September we were very proud to receive a Silver CIPR Pride award for Internal Communication for our staff survey and employee engagement activity with leading soft drinks manufacturer, Vimto. To read more about our work with Vimto, visit http://www.surveyinitiative.co.uk/2017/10/the-survey-initiative-and-vimto-win-silver-at-cipr-pride-awards/.

It’s been just over a year since we moved into our new purpose-designed … read more »

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