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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 »

Wendy the Wagtail and her lessons in communication

June 27th, 2018 by Katherine Reid | No Responses

The incident got us talking about communication and assumptions.  The initial exclamation from my colleague hadn’t given enough information; and on first glance it did look very much like Wendy had collapsed.  It was only when I got up and went to look for myself, and when we waited and watched that we saw that Wendy was okay and it wasn’t someone from another office.

We are very good at making assumptions; we’re great at processing information quickly so that we can make decisions and take action.  But there’s a problem with assumptions.  As the old adage goes, ‘to assume, makes an ass out of u and me’.  Using them as the basis for making decisions can result in decisions that don’t actually fit reality; solutions that miss the mark and actions that head off in the wrong direction.

When we run a survey, we gather a huge amount of information.  The data can be overwhelming and it could be easy to … read more »

How to Build a Culture of Rewards, Recognition and Engagement?

June 12th, 2018 by Jaime Johnson | No Responses

We often talk about creating a culture of employee engagement but how can we influence employees day-to-day experience to offer meaning, impact, connection and appreciation in their everyday work.

Culture is a way of life which binds people together under one identity.  Workplace culture is the environment created by companies to offer a work-life experience for employees, often in order to encourage their loyalty.  The work culture is not the same for every company as it is determined by the values, expectation, and missions of each individual organisation.

How can you help to foster employee engagement through a positive employee experience?

Share the core values: Establishing a defined, well-communicated vision grounded in core values — and recognising behaviour that supports that vision — gives employees a sense of meaning and purpose in their work. Having leadership communicate core values regularly and clearly builds meaning into the employee experience.

Provide recognition: You can’t overestimate the power of appreciation. Research shows that employees who get … read more »

The shadow!

May 16th, 2018 by Gary Cattermole | No Responses

I’m a huge fan of learning from ‘people’ and more importantly ‘listening’.  I’ve always felt that you can understand a situation or a person much better if you listen and listen well – some of the best CEOs that I’ve met are those who don’t speak first – they typically let those in the room speak and debate and once the discussion is drawing to a close will offer their view, opinion or take on a situation, having genuinely listened to multiple views and thoughts first.

By learning to listen well, you can really begin to learn and for me this is wonderfully illustrated through the shadow.  We’ve been working with a client recently on intervention work following their recent employee engagement survey – feedback from the survey, and notably from the free text comments, highlighted that there were barriers to cross team/ project working within the organisation (a bit of a silo and fiefdom mentality) … read more »

Help your people picture the problem

May 1st, 2018 by Gary Cattermole | No Responses

We worked recently with an organisation in delivering some post survey workshops, with the simple (but always taxing) premise of coming up with ideas and suggestions for implementing change within a team following our recent engagement survey.

One of our rather excellent consultants if I may say so myself, used a different approach to the traditional brainstorming, appreciate inquiry or the stop, start, continue approach.

We got creative, in fact – it all got rather messy!

Using everything from stickers, paint-spray cans, felt pens, string, clay, glue, flowers, newspaper, magazines, scissors (I could go on).  Imagine a full to brimming set of craft boxes!  We then asked the team to make pictures and images of the issues/ problems they face or are working on.  Once they’d pulled that together, we took photos and then placed them on the wall for the team (and others) to comment on and write about … read more »

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