Self-awareness – the key that unlocks positive change

The goal of all the surveys we run is to create a greater sense of self-awareness, based on which actions can be identified and taken to improve performance.  Reflection – the building block of self-awareness – is the first step in any change programme, whether that’s at an organisational,...

Making decisions and breaking through barriers – the power of coaching

Why coaching?  Our working lives are busy.  Many of us are wearing several different hats and we’re working within a changing environment that often requires us to make decisions quickly, whilst also maintaining relationships with those around us so that we can call on support when we need it. ...

Diversity and Inclusion

As I went out for my daily walk, I started thinking about writing this blog and I realised I needed to ask myself what diversity and inclusion means to me.  How does it fit into my beliefs and experiences?  I don’t live in a diverse area of the country,...

Flexible working in the modern workplace – what does this look like for everyone?

Over the past two years, it has become evident that one’s place of work no longer holds as much value as it did, it’s rather about what you do. Having flexibility in a job is a desirable factor for many now more than ever, as well as having the...

Home Working

In the current global climate and with recent UK government guidelines, more and more organisations are allowing and needing their people to work from home. Of course, depending on the role, many are unable to, but for those that can, there are both positives and negatives. The Positives Generally...

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...

Work Is What You Do, It’s Not A Place

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...

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...

Saying NO!

It’s fair to say that many organisations are expecting their people to do more work, in less time and in some instances, for less pay. Whilst a certain amount of workplace stress can be a positive thing, too much stress and anxiety can have an adverse effect on peoples...

The shopping list of staff surveys…Part Two

Gary Cattermole is a Director at leading staff survey provider and employee engagement specialists, The Survey Initiative. Here he offers advice on the most effective and value-for-money solutions to running a survey, and why sometimes it’s best to get face-to-face.… In our last blog we discussed the surveys on...