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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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Taking Employee of the Month Too Far…

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.

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Happiness At Work

Action For Happiness has officially launched with a new pledge “I promise to try and produce more happiness in the world and less misery.” It’s a positive movement and one I wholeheartedly support. I’m a great believer in finding time to spread a little goodwill – both in my personal life and in my professional life too. I run a business where I offer people advice, provide information and (sometimes) sell things. All ...

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The Grand National and Teamwork

OK, managers, get this. Let’s be straight right from the start. I am not in any way suggesting that you spend your team’s personal development budget on a trip to Ladbrokes on Saturday morning, place a bet on the horse with the name a bit like your Auntie’s cat’s nickname (because that’s a “sign”) all in the vain hope that you’ll get lucky. Just thought I should say this ...

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Female-Bias at the Top of the Best Companies List

UK’s Best Companies To Work For – Another Angle (part 2) The list of the UK’s 100 Best Companies To Work For 2011 was published recently. Last week I dissected the list and looked at the different industry sectors that were represented in that list. If you haven’t read that blog post, have a quick look here: Best Industry To Work In This post deals with the gender question

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Best Industries To Work In ?

The UK’s Best Companies To Work For – A Different Angle (part 1) The list of the UK’s 100 Best Companies To Work For 2011 was published last weekend. Since then, there have been hundreds of blog posts and thousands of tweets and other social media updates linking to the list and picking out a single fact from the process. So, I thought I’d do something a bit different. I took the list of the Top ...

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Best Companies To Work For 2011 – Preview

It’ll soon be time for the publication of this year’s Sunday Times Best Companies To Work For lists. They normally appear in late February / early March – spread over a few weekends. I’m lucky enough to work with a few organisations that have appeared and still appear in these lists. I know that they find their inclusion in the published lists to be highly useful in terms of their recruitment strategy. Being able to badge yourself as one of the ...

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9 Ways to FAIL at Staff Survey Feedback

It’s common practice for organisations to put all their effort into developing and conducting the staff survey and then pull together the feedback sessions in a rush, with little or no planning or thought. This is a big mistake. Here are 9 ways you can get the feedback process wrong. 1) Spend a long time analysing the data and producing the reports, feedback and presentations… in fact so long that staff have forgotten about the staff survey Speed of turnaround is important. ...

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Basic Staff Survey Analysis

Some people are strong swimmers. Some splash about a bit, but do manage to get across the water eventually. Others feel like they are drowning, give up far too quickly and run back to the changing room. How do you feel when you’re faced with a massive pool of staff survey data ? Confident ? Wary ? Overwhelmed ? When I’m working on behalf of a client, I look after all the analysis and ensure that I translate the data and ...

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