How To Manage Holidays

The summer holidays will soon be upon us! For some, holidays will have been in their calendar for months and it will be something they are really looking forward to but there is a flip side. Gary recently wrote a blog regarding the decision by Goldman Sachs to give...

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. ...

The importance of fairness and equity

Fairness and equity play such an important role in terms of ensuring high levels of employee engagement.  That feeling of being treated as equals, respected and trusted. So, to see an organisation such as Goldman Sachs make a decision around introducing unlimited holiday for only their senior staff looks...

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,...

Monitoring the success of staff training through staff training surveys

Can staff training surveys undertaken after employee training improve the overall success of the training process? Across many industries and sectors, courses and job-related training are incredibly important resources for unlocking potential in the workplace. Investing in both hard and soft skills is especially important as a means of...

What is a 360 feedback report?

We are frequently asked the questions “What exactly is a 360 feedback report?”, and “Why would this benefit my business?” 360 feedback tools can be used alongside organisational surveys such as employee engagement surveys, culture surveys or values surveys. But instead of focusing on the organisation a 360 feedback...

Applied Research Conference 2022

Attending the CIPD’s 2022 Applied Research Conference gave me an opportunity to relate my experience of the current employee engagement landscape, gained from working with The Survey Initiative, to the wider picture as experienced by researchers in other organisations and institutions.  Of course, the impact of coronavirus on the...

The 4-day working week – a sudden global movement

In recent months there has been an increasing awareness of the perks and benefits of a 4-day working week as companies and countries take steps to implement innovative policies as part of post-pandemic workplace restructures. Belgium is the latest of a list of countries such as Spain, Scotland, Japan...

How has Employee Satisfaction changed in 2021?

With vacancies at a record high and turnover rates their highest in seven years, the job market is in a very volatile state.  Salaries are rising fast across many sectors, whilst areas such as hospitality and transportation are seeing labour shortages as employees seek opportunities elsewhere.  This change is...