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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 »

Beating The New Year’s Blues

January 9th, 2017 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

After the over indulgence of the Christmas and New Year period, it’s no wonder that for many, the return to work and the prospect of dodgy winter weather, motivation to get things done can be affected.

The connection between how employees feel and how an organisation performs is now beyond question. Anything that has a detrimental effect on employee engagement and productivity levels should most certainly be addressed.

Of course, we can’t change the fact that we have to get back to work or how the winter weather is going to be. If your people are turning up with the New Year’s blues, then organisations should look to boost the mood and lift spirits in the workplace, thus helping to increase employee engagement and productivity levels.

Here, we’re offering up a few fun ideas to put in place,to cheer your employees up, and allow them to put the festive season behind them.

Get a move on

Exercise is without a doubt, one of the best … read more »

Walking Phenomena

October 13th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Employers would be daft not to invest in the health and well-being of its biggest asset – its people. The cost to employers of absenteeism through illness is staggering, not just in sickness payments, but in lost revenue through less productivity, decreased employee engagement levels, not to mention the inconvenience of having to arrange cover for the post.

However, it doesn’t mean huge financial layouts to promote a healthier, fitter workforce. Given the amount of time people spend at work, and especially those tied to their desks, it makes sense for employers to think about the opportunities for increasing physical activity in and around the workplace. A more active workforce brings lots of benefits to both your people and your organisation. All you have to do is get them moving.

Let’s take a look at the cheapest and simplest way to get active – walking.

Ok, so it’s not a particularly flashy form of exercise, but it sure is something that almost everyone … read more »

What Barmy Weather We’re Having

July 21st, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Well, it’s true to say that the majority of the UK has experienced some gloriously barmy weather lately. Great if you’re on annual leave, but not so great if you’re having to work.

We recently conducted a Health & Safety survey for one of our clients, and what came through from many of the comments responding to the question “What 5 things would make your working environment better?” was the office temperature.

Now, regardless of the weather outside, there will always be some issue amongst workers with how hot or how cold the workplace should be. Frustrations relating to these workplace temperature issues can easily become more than just an annoyance when it impacts on the overall employee engagement and productivity levels of employees.

A number of studies have been conducted to ascertain what the workplace temperature should be to attain optimal employee engagement and productivity across workforces. The majority of research has shown that temperatures of between 70 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit (21 … read more »

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