• Mental Health, Absenteeism and Lost Productivity

    The most common reason for people to take time off work, according to a recent NHS report, is based around mental health issues. MIND the mental health charity estimates around 1 in 6 workers are currently dealing with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Mental health can be affected by a range of… Read more »

  • Sorry, were you speaking?

    Artist David Hockney said “Listening is a positive act: you have to put yourself out to do it.” There is a huge difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak but how often do we really listen instead of formulating our next response? Active listening and others’ listening of us are way more than… Read more »

  • Bribery – undermining free and fair competition.

    In a recent case (Jan 2017) Rolls Royce were ordered to pay over £600 million in fines under a DPA (Deferred Prosecution Agreement) which resulted in the company escaping prosecution. Such arrangements lead many to question whether this takes the sting out of Bribery legislation and therefore renders it less effective. Whatever the case, businesses… Read more »

  • Tackling unconscious bias

    The very nature of this subconscious behaviour is that it is born out of lack of awareness.  We all harbour preconceptions that are often rooted in our past experiences, preferences and our need for affinity. These motivate us to align ourselves with like-minded individuals and those that have shared similar life experiences. Unconscious bias can… Read more »

  • The importance of employee retention strategies

    Employee turnover can certainly have a negative impact on an organisation’s performance and in many cases it impacts upon productivity and almost always on the ‘bottom line.’ The cost of recruiting, inducting and training new staff can be prohibitive both in terms of time and money and as the real cost continues to increase year… Read more »

  • Employee engagement surveys – not just a ‘ticked box’ exercise

    At this time of year many organisations reflect upon the years’ activities and attempt to identify improvement strategies that can be implemented in the year to come. Employee engagement surveys often form a part of this process and provide management with the knowledge and tools to build positive employee relations and a positive work environment…. Read more »

  • Improving employee engagement pays dividends

    Many large organisations recognise that by maximising employee engagement, performance, team working and productivity all benefit. Engagement is something that may not happen organically and it often needs to be facilitated, managed and promoted as a part of a sustainable organisational strategy. Organisations that operate engagement programs regularly outperform those that don’t. Often the realisation… Read more »

  • Support Anti-bullying week

    Nov 14th to 19th   is Anti-bullying week in the UK and whereas the focus (rightly) surrounds children and young people, bullying is still rife amongst adults in the workplace. Employers have a duty to ensure that employees are fully conversant with their bullying and harassment policies, however ingrained behaviours can often make it difficult to bring… Read more »

  • Progress means change

    George Bernard Shaw wrote“ Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” Change doesn’t come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.  We are the change that we seek and now would be a pretty good… Read more »

  • Let there be light…in 2016

    Carl Jung said “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.” So much of our life experience and happiness (or not as may be) is determined by our personal reactions to what happens to us. The exact same event or experience will trigger two completely different… Read more »