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Hierarchy of Needs (sort of)

I cheated. Maslow has 5 levels (Physiological, Safety, Social, Esteem and Self-Actualisation). I’ve got 6 in my hierarchy. Let’s call it an unadvertised bonus. People seem to like those. Here are my 6 core steps in delivering an employee engagement survey which makes a positive difference. From bottom to top of the pyramid;

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Slide Rules

YouTube has a massive red slide in its HQ. It’s got 3 lanes (a bit like ones you see in waterparks so people can race each other). It looks like great fun. But in a bout of health and safety, the YouTube slide has a set of rules. Do the adults at YouTube really need to be told how (not) to use the slide? Apparently so.

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No Beanbags Required

We’ve all seen how ‘forward thinking’, young, start-up companies like to incorporate very bright colours, massive bean bags, table-football tables and even shiny children’s slides into their offices. This is because these things make the company fun and create an environment where employee engagement thrives, right. Or do they ?

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Has It Stopped Yet?

Has is stopped yet ? You may have spent the last week or so wishing everyone you meet a “Happy New Year”. That’s great. You’re a nice person. Well done. You may also have been wished a “Happy New Year” by friends you’ve been with, acquaintances you’ve bumped into or random strangers who are getting on the same bus, in the same queue, holding a door open etc. You get the picture. That’s great too. It’s nice when people you don’t know say something positive and uplifting. But has it stopped yet ?

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Engage or Bust Conference

Cultural Collision? This blog post concentrates on the main ideas and thoughts shared by the two big names in the employee engagement world – David MacLeod and Nita Clarke - at the recent Engage or Bust Conference.

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Staff Survey Incentives

In customer satisfaction research, it’s often the case that respondents are given incentives for taking part. When you’re asked to fill out a “quick customer survey” after making a purchase online you are likely to be given the chance to claim money off your next purchase or enter a draw to win a iPad or some other glitzy gadget. Why ? Because it works. Offering incentives for these types of survey has a positive effect on response rates. Without offering ...

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Best Company To Work For – Formula For Success

The Sunday Times recently published its annual Top 100 Best Companies To Work For list. This one is for “Mid-Size” companies (between 250 and 4,999 employees). 270 companies entered the battle to get into the marbled halls of the Top 100. This is down quite sharply on the 320 entries in 2011 (and indeed the 347 entries back in 2010). My last blog post noted a similar trend amongst the SME market too. The #1 ranked Mid-Size organisation was the UKRD Group ...

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5 Hidden Secrets Of The Best Companies List

Small is beautiful, small is happier… Earlier on this week, the Sunday Times published the first of their annual lists of Best Companies to Work for in the UK. This weekend’s list was The 100 Best Small Companies to Work For. In their definition, “small” here means an organisation employing anywhere between 50 and 249 staff. From reading the published analysis, the key take-away for me is that “people in SMEs give a 75% positive score for being happy with their pay and ...

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The Missenden Games – Opening Ceremony

After a couple of test events and internal trials, The Missenden Games officially launched this week and the first (paying) team to take the challenge absolutely loved it ! They had a ball with all five events (especially the physical challenges). Read more about The Invincibles – their team name – and see their pictures and video here.

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The Missenden Games

Ok, I’ve decided. The brand new teambuilding event I’ve created is called The Missenden Games. It’s named after the location of my office in Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire (that’s in the UK). The teambuilding event has its own separate blog / website.

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