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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 »

It’s Got Legs

September 3rd, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

We have often talked about how inspiring working environments have a positive effect on employee engagement. Well here’s a whacky idea for you!

Danish architect studio N55 has developed a dwelling that literally walks about. Seems a bit Star Trek, but it’s true.

Built on six insect like, independently manoeuvrable hydraulic legs, and reaching a top speed of (wait for it) 60 meters an hour, this high tech, robotic invention can travel on almost any terrain, offering an ever-changing view from its numerous windows.

It also has lots of other features that we like too. It is solar and wind-powered, has an eco-friendly compostable loo, collects rainwater and has an environmentally friendly system that produces hot water. As well as this, it stands 3.5 meters high, avoiding floods and the designers say a wood burner to produce CO2 neutral heat can be added as well as a small greenhouse to grow crops.

This creeping crawling contraption can be programmed at a walking pace. It’s … read more »

Keep Your Cool

July 3rd, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

The arrival of summer and increasing temperatures are welcomed by most, but persistent high temperatures can carry health risks. In this sweltering heat, piling on the sun cream and sporting a floppy hat might not be enough to keep cool.

Here we offer up some ideas to help you chill out:-

  • Keep out of the sun, especially between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when temperatures reach their peak and avoid unnecessary exertion
  • Drink plenty of cold drinks, place water bottles in the fridge so that the water is extra cool§  Ever heard ‘cool as a cucumber’? Eating cool and light foods will help, avoid eating meat and protein-heavy foods which increase your metabolic rate
  • Dress to keep cool, and choose loose clothing made of cotton and avoid synthetic materials which trap moisture
  • Close blinds and curtains which will help to stop rooms overheating
  • Use a fan, and for extra effectiveness, place a bowl of ice or cold water in front of it which will decrease … 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 »

Work Is What You Do, It’s Not A Place

September 25th, 2017 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

The ability to work flexibly and have the empowerment and autonomy to carry out your work is a desirable work ethic that can benefit both employees and employers.

So, why is it that there are still numerous organisations out there who just can’t or won’t see how everyone can benefit?

Speaking to an old Human Resources colleague, she had told me that her Chief Exec. had refused point blank to even consider flexible working, fearing that employees would take advantage and nothing would get done.

“I just don’t understand him” she said. “After all, work is what you do, it’s not a place!”.

Of course, for some people, their role pretty much dictates where they have to work. You wouldn’t expect to visit your dentist to have a filling, in his potting shed!

Seriously though, the working world is moving and changing, and with such busy lives and rapid pace of living, people are looking to have a more flexible approach to getting the job … read more »

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