Getting strong response rates on staff surveys

Our staff surveys constantly achieve a response rate of at least 85% which gives our clients an excellent insight into the thoughts and minds of their employees. How do we achieve this? Here’s our approach: First up we meet with the board to get their view on what should...

Experts in the Construction Sector

We’ve been assisting organisations in the construction sector for over 10 years. Our staff surveys consistently achieve higher than industry average response rates, which has helped us grow our client base with a wide range of construction and building industry organisations, such as BuroHappold, Saint-Gobain, Mouchel, Atkins and Story...

New Faces – Oliver Newton!

As part of our growth we’ve recently taken on new recruits.  Meet Oliver Newton, our IT Researcher/Developer. What’s Your Biggest Inspiration: The writer Neil Strauss. He is most famous for writing the pick-up artist book “The Game”; rather than the whole “pick-up scene”, I find the way he was...

Work Experience

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...

Seeing Things From A Different Perspective

Quite often we get stuck in a frame of mind or a place, where it can be difficult to see a situation from a different point of view. When you work in a place for an amount of time, it can be harder to see things from someone outside...

On Your Bike

To promote and encourage healthier journeys to work and to help minimise environmental pollution, the UK Government introduced tax benefits allowing employers of all sizes across the public, private and voluntary sectors to implement ‘Cycle to Work’ schemes. The Cycle to Work Alliance is a policy coalition of four...

Candy Corner And Corporate Social Responsibility

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...

Anonymity and Confidentiality in Employee Research

Anonymity and confidentiality has always been a contentious issue in employee research and seems to have become more so over the last year or so. At The Survey Initiative, we frequently facilitate pre-survey focus groups, and always include a telephone number/email address in our questionnaires allowing potential participants to...

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You are probably thinking my spell checker is broken from the title, but you’d be wrong (I know this as it is showing angry red lines under the words above as I type this). What I have written makes sense when you speak it out loud, even though it...

“Send Three And Fourpence, We’re Going To A Dance”

Strangely enough, it’s rather fitting that I should start this blog by explaining the title. Some years ago, military orders and messages were relayed down the line via a series of radio transmissions. The radio operator had to listen carefully to the command and repeat the message onto the...