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Getting Away From It All

February 2nd, 2016 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Now that Christmas is well behind us, it’s that time of year where people look forward to their next holiday or time off.

For centuries, employees have been entitled to a set number of days away from work, however, on top of holiday entitlement, the introduction of flexible working is becoming an increasingly popular policy in many organisations.

There has been much kudos attached to presenteeism, but it seems that this is fast disappearing as organisations are not so much worried about when or where work is done, but what work is done and the quality thereof.

Many of us have heard about the approach taken by Richard Branson and his company Virgin. They have taken flexibility with time off one step further by allowing their people to take as much time off as they like, but employees must  take on the responsibility of ensuring that the work that is needed to be done, gets done, and that their time off doesn’t impact … 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 »

Hang On To Your Talent

December 22nd, 2015 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

With the New Year almost in sight, there’s a good chance that some of your people are considering employment elsewhere.

The development, growth and long-term success of your organisation relies heavily on your best people. When your organisation is able to retain valuable talent for long periods of time, there is a substantial reduction in time-consuming tasks of having to find, attract, recruit and train up new talent. Here, we offer up a few tips to help you avoid these costly and time-consuming problems.

Provide an attractive remuneration package

Whilst not everyone is motivated by pay and benefits, it is still an important part of retention to make sure your people are not only being paid competitively for their skills but also for parity with the market and internal equity.

Include them in decisions

People like to be listened to and feel they have contributed to decisions made in the workplace, especially if it affects them directly. Provide a platform so that your top talent … read more »

Can I have a P please Bob?

November 3rd, 2015 by Jacqueline Mitchell | No Responses

I’m sure we all remember the quiz where that legendary question would pop up.  The teenage contestants able to choose a letter to help them track across a board.  It always seemed that whenever P appeared on the board the contestants would vie to be able to ask for it, and therefore enjoy the moment of being the one daring to be so bold to ask ‘that’ question, yet act so nonchalant.  It tickled the teenage psyche for sure.

The important thing here though was having the choice. Most of us like to have options and get greater pleasure and satisfaction from being able to choose rather than being told what we must have or do.

When we look around at our colleagues at work do we see everyone the same with similar needs and wants?  Some are young, others older; some have families others not; people with different lives, beliefs and priorities.  I wonder, then, why it is that we typically … read more »

What’s Most Important? The Start, The Middle Or The End?

October 15th, 2015 by Jacqueline Mitchell | No Responses

When it comes to the experience your employees have with your company, what they think about you and how they represent you to others – it’s throughout; in fact it starts before they join you, and doesn’t end when they decide to leave…

When we talk to our clients about engagement we find that most completely ‘get’ the concept that their employees can be their ambassadors. In a previous blog we explained what the (net) promoter score is which tells the employer how likely their employees are to actively promote them to others. Many employers tend to focus their attention for building and maintaining employee engagement on the period when someone is an active employee – they’ve started with you, and haven’t yet resigned. But some tend to forget that the experiences our employees have, upon which they form an opinion of the organisation, starts long before they join and just doesn’t end when they resign; so … read more »

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