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4 Tips – Census or Sample Staff Survey

4 Key Tips for Deciding Between A Census or Sample Staff Survey So you’ve taken the decision to run a staff survey in your organisation. You’ve joined the massed ranks of organisations that are using staff research to understand morale and improve business performance. But have you overlooked something important… ? How much consideration did you give to deciding which staff would actually get the chance to complete your survey ? Most organisations will do a blanket, all-staff, “Census” survey. But even here there ...

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I work in HR – I don’t do Sales

HR Magazine’s Employee Engagement Survey Challenges HR To Sell The Benefits of Engagement I am sitting there watching the room cringe as each of the speakers lays down the gauntlet – challenging the assembled throng to step up and conquer the problem head-on. I am at a breakfast seminar where HR Magazine is presenting the results of the HR Employee Engagement Survey 2010 (sponsored by Fairplace). The event is very well attended and from a quick scan of the room beforehand, it’s ...

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Staff Use Twitter To Discuss Your Staff Survey

So you’ve done your best to develop and launch a staff survey project which ticks all the boxes and is on the money – only to see your staff quickly start disparaging your efforts via Twitter… Sad, but true. And also likely to have a big knock-on effect on perceptions of your employer brand. Potential recruits suddenly get a totally different idea about your organisation. I’m planning to post a series of ideas about how position your staff survey to minimise this ...

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Two Thirds of ALL employees disengaged – Really ?

I read a report recently which claimed that 64% of Australian workers are disengaged. That’s an astonishingly high proportion of people that don’t like what they do on a day-to-day basis. Given what’s going on down-under with The Ashes cricket, I saw the chance for a cheap gag and explored some more. Apparently, the sample of over 28,000 employees covered 10 major industry sectors (with the possible exception of Australian cricketers… otherwise the percentage would have been even higher !). However, the ...

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Happy Country, Happy Government

Happy Country, Happy Government ? Yesterday, David Cameron outlined his plans to conduct research into what would make the people in this country happy. He has asked the Office of National Statistics to devise a way to measure people’s “well-being”. He’s aiming at creating a happy country (and therefore a happy Government). Hang on Mr Cameron, you seem to have inadvertently copied my catchphrase ! I’ve been talking about the link between a happy workforce and a happy organisation for a little while ...

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Morale Booster – Time for Yourself

I’ve just been out for a lunchtime run. The weather was awful. But I feel great now. Why ? How ? I guess it’s a combination of post-exercise endorphins and post-“not-working”-endorphins. Grabbing some ‘me’ time during the day is a really important part of how I work. I’ve just spent 1 hour not looking at my screen, not dealing with emails, not talking to clients on the phone, not being in meetings. I am able to switch off from my work during the run, ...

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Top 2 Things That Make You Happy At Work

When I tell people that my job is helping companies find out what makes their staff happy at work, I almost always get the same reaction. “But that’s obvious, it’s money that makes people happy at work!“. Cold hard cash, salary, remuneration package – call it what you like. That’s what people THINK makes them happy at work. But the data tells a different story. From years of doing this type of research, our evidence suggests that money is ...

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Employee Motivation Scheme

Just found this interesting slant on employee motivation / reward schemes. I’m not a huge fan of the traditional “Employee of the Month” schemes as these sometimes descend into which manager can shout the loudest about one of their team (and in turn the manager “sharing” it around the team). So, all in all not brilliant for morale. I’m reminded of something at my kids’ (junior) school where they have a “Posh Table” at lunch time – designed as a reward for ...

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Starting VERY Soon !

Wow – if you’re here already, you must be keen. Lots of content and great stuff arriving here really soon. Thanks for your patience. Rich

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