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Get Drastic With Plastic

September 4th, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Very much in the news these days is the devastating effect that plastic has on our precious wildlife if left to blow and float around our landscapes.

Most of us have seen video footage of animals and birds caught up in something made of plastic – seals trapped in a fishing net, birds with plastic bottle tops wedged onto their beaks, turtles with plastic straws jammed up their nostrils, deer with their heads caught up in discarded plastic garden furniture. And we know it doesn’t end there and that there are plenty more incidents of creatures being ensnared in plastic, and even, sadly, dying from such a predicament.

Whilst there may be no quick fix to this worldwide problem, there are still many campaigns afoot to try and reduce the amount of plastic used, both at home in our day to day lives as well as in industry, especially supermarkets, who are turning to providing paper bags and allowing people to bring … read more »

Leaders At The Coal Face

June 16th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

We at The Survey Initiative create tailored employee surveys designed to meet the specific needs and outcomes for our clients.

One aspect of our design, is to include free text questions to allow employees to further communicate on key areas important to them and to add any further questions or comments in their own words.

We are then able to read the responses and categorise them into key themes for ease of analysis.

Quite often, one particular theme comes through, that of not being listened to or recognised. Employees, through using their own words, try and explain that their leaders and managers do not always listen or take their opinions in account. They feel that their ideas and concerns are not heard, especially when important business decisions are made and that those higher up in the organisation lose sight of what is going on at the ‘coal face’.

A great employee engagement activity to help tackle this problem is to plan … read more »

What Drives Employee Engagement?

January 19th, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

There are many benefits of having an engaged workforce. Engaged employees are an asset to any organisation and give you the edge in an increasingly competitive marketplace. They’re more productive, absenteeism through sickness is reduced and they go that extra mile. In an ever-changing world it’s vital to gauge how motivated your staff are on a regular basis.

We at The Survey Initiative pride ourselves in the work we do in partnership with our clients and endeavour to discover what the main drivers for employee engagement are for each of them.

Employee engagement drivers differ from one organisation to another, from industry to industry and also from country to country. However, they are powered by similar individual triggers that make an employee want to stay with their organisation, become an advocate and put in their discretionary effort.

Whilst the drivers for each organisation differ, here we discuss what we have seen to be the top 3 drivers to having great employee engagement:-

Appreciation … read more »

Consult, Involve, Participate and Empower

July 16th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Our research has shown that quite often, for employees to have higher levels of employee engagement, employees want to be consulted, involved and participate in organisational decisions and change, especially if it affects their role directly.

Employee involvement is an idea practiced by organisations that gives their employees a stake in decisions that directly affect their jobs. This often goes hand in hand with employee empowerment, a corporate structure that allows non-managerial employees to make autonomous decisions.

The main benefits of employee involvement and empowerment are higher levels of morale and productivity and the development of healthier co-worker relationships and creative thinking.

Improved Morale

There is a greater chance of significant increases in workplace morale if employees are involved in decisions and policy changes that directly affect their job, whilst at the same time empowering employees to be more autonomous. When employees are treated as a valued asset and their input is listened to and given consideration, confidence increases among every … read more »

Do What You Love, Love What You Do

March 24th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | 2 Responses

One of my favourite past-times is searching for fossilised sharks teeth along a very special bit of the coast near to where I live. My partner and I have spent many a day scouring the beach for them and have found a few hundred or so just in the last year. But the one we have always wanted to find, was the ‘big one’ and last Friday afternoon, we did! (well, my partner did!).

It was a great feeling, all that searching had finally paid off. Spurred on by this fantastic find, we continued looking for another couple of hours, and found a further thirty plus sharks teeth, albeit, much smaller ones. It was a fruitful and rewarding day, and we left for home feeling rather pleased and looking forward to the next time.

It got me thinking about other things I enjoy doing and how it makes me feel. Especially at work.

There’s absolutely no doubt, that if you ‘do what you … read more »

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