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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 »

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 »

Work Experience

June 27th, 2017 by Amber McKinney | No Responses

As part of my first year of sixth form, my heads of year have organised a week dedicated to work experience for everyone, including myself. They spent at least a month tailoring each individual schedule for every student, and spent many phone calls trying to find businesses willing to take on students for the week. Each student was asked which area of work they would like to get into in the future, and I chose IT and anything to do with computers. Finding nearby work experience to fit that area, especially in Essex, was challenging. However, after some arrangements and a last-minute phone call, I managed to snag two days of work experience at The Survey Initiative. I was very pleased with how it is going, especially since all I thought I would be doing is making coffee and ‘housekeeping’ for the employees.

Finishing my first day, I completed some alphabetising, helped organise the office calendar, as well as some data … 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 »

To Slipper Or Not To Slipper

January 31st, 2017 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

In the headlines recently, there’s been talk about introducing new laws to make dress code in the workplace equal. This follows various cases where women have either been fired or sent home for not wearing high heels at work, sparking debates over whether employers are playing fair when it comes to workplace apparel and whether it is in fact legal to impose a rigid dress code.

Sure, as a business, there has to be some kind of policy on what is acceptable attire. Consideration has to be given to health & safety for instance, the amount of contact an employee has with customers, or whether the way in which someone dresses is representative of the organisation they work for showing a degree of professionalism. And of course, for many organisations, standards have to be maintained.

However, I was particularly interested in an article in The Telegraph today, about how some primary schools in the Midlands, are encouraging pupils to … read more »

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