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...

What colour would your organisation be?

When working with one of our clients we developed a colourful way of representing the proportion of promoters within their organisation and this got me to thinking, could you guess the proportion of those who would strongly recommend your organisation to others? Hence, what colour would your organisation be?...

Just who’s responsible for employee engagement?

It’s a question we have been asked countless times and it is an intriguing one. One of the easiest ways to think about this question is to consider the following:  Are your employees responsible for their own engagement? Employees cannot be solely responsible for their own engagement at work. ...

A review of 2012 for The Survey Initiative

Last January, we posted our three-word theme for The Survey Initiative – Do You Have a Three Word Theme For Your Work in 2012? We thought a good way to start the New Year would be to review how we have performed against these themes. After much discussion the...