Wendy the Wagtail and her lessons in communication

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...

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

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...

The shadow!

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...

Help your people picture the problem

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,...

Sometimes it’s the simple things…

When building a team of engaged and motivated employees this phrase stands true. You hear and read about the importance of engagement and all its benefits to the organisation’s bottom line, but you simply don’t know where to start. Here are our favourite ideas for engaging and motiving employees...

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...

Beating The New Year’s Blues

After the over indulgence of the Christmas and New Year period, it’s no wonder that for many, the return to work and the prospect of dodgy winter weather, motivation to get things done can be affected. The connection between how employees feel and how an organisation performs is now...

Leaders At The Coal Face

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...

“Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee” – Muhammed Ali

Many people have been saddened by the loss of one of the world’s most charismatic, significant and celebrated sportsmen – Muhammed Ali. There is no doubt that Ali was one of the world’s greatest boxers of all time and he lived an extraordinary life. What certainly comes across about...

It’s Gloomy Out There

The weather we’ve been experiencing here in the U.K., and indeed in some other parts of the world, is hardly inspiring and can easily have an effect on our motivation to get things done. The connection between how employees feel and how an organisation performs is now beyond question....