Thinking about measuring the success of internal comms – read this first…

  There is very little academic research into the area of employee communication and Chen et al (2006) argue ‘a review of the research on organizational communication practices has been ignored.’ Before undertaking the research consider your end goal; are you looking to measure the effectiveness, reach, impact or...

The key to building trust with your staff … trust them

Gaining trust in any relationship is always difficult. But, forgive me if I sound a little trite, surely the key to building trust with your staff is simple, once you have the basics right, you need to put your trust in your staff. “All the world is made of...

Attractive, relevant, or sticky, what excites you about your employee survey?

Believe it or not, employee surveys can generate excitement in organisations! And so they should – it is after all an opportunity to improve your work life and have your say. I was inspired to write this post after receiving some feedback by an employee taking part in a...

The cost of employee engagement

DHL have made big news in the past few weeks with their not insignificant investment of €100 million into an employee engagement programme. Clearly not small potatoes and it comes at an interesting time in DHL’s life – with considerable loses being made within the business – clearly Ken...

Fun, fast and funky ways to inspire employee engagement

Back at work all refreshed and full of energy after a bank holiday break (well the energy might be down to the sugar buzz from all those Easter chocolates!) I find myself wondering how to maintain this new found enthusiasm and energy. So rather than citing the latest numbers...

Wiff Waff and the link to 360 degree feedback

I have a confession to make…I love table tennis (or Wiff Waff or, Ping Pong!).  It’s a sport I’ve played for many years and get a great deal of satisfaction from and I’d go as far as to say that I’m a half decent player. Recently I entered three...

Unlimited Vacation: A Great Way to Improve Productivity & Retention?

A guest post by Erin Osterhaus. A small but growing number of companies are doing away with “fixed-number-of-days” vacation policies. Instead these forward thinking employers are giving their staff–with the approval of managers–the freedom to decide when and for how long to take time off. These companies have, in...

What’s the secret to being an engaging manager? A focus on the individual.

A focus on an individuals objectives, development and opinions are the three most common traits of an engaging manager, according to business executives. Why is it important to have an engaging manager? Its good for our health! Much of the discussion and evidence around employee engagement centres on the...

Do you really get honest feedback about your managerial skills – 360 degree feedback could provide what you are looking for

The reality is that as you move your way up an organisation, you’ll receive less and less honest feedback, be it about yourself or your performance.  This is not overly surprising given that people can often find it difficult to give genuine open and honest feedback to a manager...

We need to raise employee engagement levels

Latest employee engagement figures from CIPD do not make great reading The latest report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Winter 2012/13) shows that 35% of employees are engaged but the majority (61%) remain neutral.  4% of respondents are disengaged. In comparison to twelve months ago there...