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Step away from your To-Do list

Can you imagine clearing your to-do list and having nothing left to work on? No, thought not. There’s always something you can do at work isn’t there. Of course, this is doubly true if you work for yourself or run a micro business. You’ve got a million things you could be turning your attention to. If it’s not delivering your services / products, it’s marketing, business development, creative thinking, keeping up to date with new ideas in your niche, dull but necessary admin, sending invoices, paying invoices, fixing the printer (again), testing out new software and apps or grabbing some lunch, a coffee, or some fresh air. That was yesterday for me. Pretty normal stuff if I’m honest. But if you’re employed by someone else, the list is a little bit different.

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Airport Security and why the Annual Engagement Survey is NOT Dead

Do you remember airports? You know the places you sometimes went to before your exciting foreign trip or holiday. Yeah, them. Well sometimes at airports they have these little mood meter stands where you are asked to rate your experience going through security. Happy, smiling face…. or grumpy scowling face (or maybe somewhere in between). You don’t really give it much thought. You absent-mindedly hit one of the buttons and hurry off to the departure lounge. Or you see some kids tapping a tune out on the buttons like it’s a drum kit.

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Feedback Styles in High Performing Teams

What makes a high performing team? No doubt there are hundreds of academic studies, countless silver-bullet business models and as many different ideas as you can imagine. So, no one big answer. But let’s deal with just one of the key factors here. Feedback.

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What is Career Progression?

See that career ladder in front of you? It’s got 8 rungs. You’re on the bottom one. You’re wondering how to get to the top rung?

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Helping Your Teammates

Sometimes your teammates need some help. But you can't see them. So how can you know?

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#1 Rule for Your Staff Survey

Taking Action on Your Survey is Vital. Here’s the rule. Only do this type of work if you are absolutely committed to and able to take action on the results.

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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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