Summer Vacation Cancelled – Employee Engagement Levels Plummet

The BBC is today reporting – “British passengers are being disrupted by an air traffic controllers’ strike in France that has led to flight cancellations.” With the strike intending to last over 6 days, this could undoubtedly affect thousands of British holidaymakers. Just imagine – you’ve worked hard all...

What’s the secret to being an engaging manager? A focus on the individual.

A focus on an individuals objectives, development and opinions are the three most common traits of an engaging manager, according to business executives. Why is it important to have an engaging manager? Its good for our health! Much of the discussion and evidence around employee engagement centres on the...

Do you really get honest feedback about your managerial skills – 360 degree feedback could provide what you are looking for

The reality is that as you move your way up an organisation, you’ll receive less and less honest feedback, be it about yourself or your performance.  This is not overly surprising given that people can often find it difficult to give genuine open and honest feedback to a manager...

‘People join companies, but leave managers.’ How to help managers better engage your employees.

Gallup’s insight that ‘people join companies, but leave managers’ is as true today as it has ever been. Recent research underlines the fact that a person’s immediate line manager is the single biggest influence on their engagement — and whether they decide to stay. Given how much it costs...

‘Email culture’ – is it stifling employee engagement?

We’ve seen quite a bit of evidence from research conducted over the past 18 months that employees and organisations are moving towards an ‘email culture’.  What this means in practice is not just that email is a medium of communication but it is rapidly replacing others forms of interaction,...

Do You Have a Three Word Theme For Your Work in 2012?

Inspired by an article Do You Have a 3 Word Theme For Your Work in 2012? posted on the web our Christmas homework was to consider what three-word theme The Survey Initiative could use to help focus our work and strategy for 2012. The aim is to have more...

Build a picture of better management for your organisation to boost employee engagement

One aspect that most employee engagement experts and practitioners alike can agree on is that an employee’s manager can influence greatly their level of engagement (possibly more so than any other factor). This isn’t something that is new or surprising.  You’ve probably heard of the phrase ‘people leave managers...