Making decisions and breaking through barriers – the power of coaching

Why coaching?  Our working lives are busy.  Many of us are wearing several different hats and we’re working within a changing environment that often requires us to make decisions quickly, whilst also maintaining relationships with those around us so that we can call on support when we need it. ...

The importance of fairness and equity

Fairness and equity play such an important role in terms of ensuring high levels of employee engagement.  That feeling of being treated as equals, respected and trusted. So, to see an organisation such as Goldman Sachs make a decision around introducing unlimited holiday for only their senior staff looks...

Diversity and Inclusion

As I went out for my daily walk, I started thinking about writing this blog and I realised I needed to ask myself what diversity and inclusion means to me.  How does it fit into my beliefs and experiences?  I don’t live in a diverse area of the country,...

Returning to work

We are (at least for some organisations) heading to the point where businesses will be telling their employees to return to work at their offices.

How will work change after Covid-19?

The world will get past the current Covid-19 crisis but just how much will our work environment and interactions have changed as a result. Will we revert to the way things were before? Should we or will we even be able to?

Never underestimate your HR Director or Chief People Officer

HRs are at the forefront of the Covid-19 crisis If we cast our minds back to the financial crisis of 2007/8 a good CFO could save your company; a poor one, well that might have spelt doom.  During the current crisis the role of your HR Director or Chief...

Engaging with employees in times of crisis

Since the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a global pandemic earlier this month, work and personal lives have been greatly disrupted by the crisis. Mental, physical and emotional distress has arisen as the virus sends a shock throughout society. Presented with newfound challenges such as working from home while...

The shadow!

I’m a huge fan of learning from ‘people’ and more importantly ‘listening’.  I’ve always felt that you can understand a situation or a person much better if you listen and listen well – some of the best CEOs that I’ve met are those who don’t speak first – they...

Thought leader pieces

At The Survey Initiative our Directors often write thought leadership pieces for the national media. Here’s a piece Gary Cattermole, recently put together which discusses HRs role in attracting the best brains, talent and skill to ensure their organisation can compete against the finest companies in the world. However, are...

This Little Girl’s Mum Teaches Us A Lesson About What Fairness Really Means

I overheard a conversation in a shoe shop the other day.  A little girl was bemoaning that her mum wouldn’t buy her a particular set of trainers and she was going to tell her dad how mean her mum was. I shouldn’t have listened in but I was interested...