Why Giving 85% is better than 110%
We are all familiar with the concept of giving 110 percent, which has become a something of a mantra in recent decades, but experience suggests that it could, in fact, be counterproductive, argues Gary Cattermole.
How engaged are your people?
Gary Cattermole explains how using an engagement survey can help with staff retention.
Coaching - Why, and when to use it
Gary Cattermole looks at how coaching can be used to help to clarify issues, goals and aspirations, and who can benefit.
The unlevel playing field
In the light of the decision by Goldman Sachs to allow unlimited holiday for senior executives and partners only, Gary Cattermole, looks at the knock-on effect of perceived unfairness on the levels of engagement among a workforce.
On the Pulse
The Survey Initiative Director, Gary Cattermole discusses the importance of employee engagement with Retail Destination Fortnightly.
People Development Magazine
Is your employee survey fit for purpose?
A well planned and well-executed employee survey that facilitates the effective use of the information it gathers can be worth its weight in gold. However, you need to ensure your employee survey is fit for purpose.
Millennial Dads hit by work life balance
The Survey Initiative Director, Gary Cattermole takes a closer look at what is going on and its implications for employee engagement.
The Survey Initiative sponsors the special edition of HR Review looking at Employee Engagement in 2016.
Gender pay gap
Gary Cattermole, Director, The Survey Initiative, is an employee engagement specialist, here he ponders why the gender pay gap remains such a gulf.
Employee engagement impacts success - it's official!
Gary Cattermole, Director, The Survey Initiative and a sponsor of the employee engagement special edition, looks at how far employee engagement has come and the trends for the future.
Cannes Lions: A roaring employee engagement success
Here we discover how this innovative organisation set about positive change thanks to some really interesting employee engagement survey results.
Happy employees are not enough
Gary Cattermole, Director, The Survey Initiative, is an employee engagement specialist and Engage for Success Guru. Here he steps up onto his soap box to share his thoughts on happy employees and employee engagement.
Personality traits and employee engagement
A survey of nearly 400,000 people carried out by Cambridge scientists to analyse the way different personalities cluster across Great Britain, has found that Londoners rank among the least welcoming and most lazy people in the country.
Be Swift to recognise employee engagement oppportunities
HR professionals can learn a lot from the charms of pop starlet Taylor Swift.
End of the office romance?
According to a recent survey commissioned to promote the recent DVD release of the TV series, How I Met Your Mother, relationships that start at work are more likely to stand the test of time, but are corporates happy for them to occur in the workplace?
How to stop brain drain in your company
As companies slowly move into growth, after an extremely long period of recession, a rather worrying employment trend has set in. Businesses up and down the country are haemorrhaging their top talent as the most ambitious, motivated and able employees seek opportunities elsewhere.
Working from home can be a real turn off
Employee engagement used to be the latest buzz word bandied around HR departments, now more and more companies have accepted engagement into their company’s DNA and it has created amazing results for many with productivity and profitability up.
Key drivers and trends for employee engagement in 2014
In 2014 we’ll see a shift in HR pushing staff engagement further up the agenda and making it intrinsic with the overall business strategy; for too long it has been a side project, now it is essential engagement becomes a part of the company’s development plans.
How to engage UK employees
no matter what type of business or where it is located, regularly pinpoint these three main enablers where organisations are performing less well than other areas.
Do zero hours mean zero profit?
The debate around zero-hour contracts rages on with the Government stating its concern and companies rushing to prove that this way of working really does make business sense.
Employee feedback: your secret weapon for business success
Why do organisations worry so much about consumer feedback surveys but often rest on their laurels when it comes to employee opinion?
Diversity and inclusion: why data doesn’t always tell the full story
HR is placing increasing emphasis on monitoring diversity and inclusion but in the race to gather data, many people are missing the point entirely.
UK productivity: HR need to be praised for the boost
The latest economic figures show that productivity has risen at its fastest rate for the past six years, but what is really behind this jump?
Are you as good as your job ads?
HRs are tasked at attracting the best brains, talent and skill to ensure their organisation can compete against the finest companies in the world. However, are HRs in danger of overselling a role to entice top talent?
How can you become a billionaire? The Sunday Times’ Rich List says to ditch emails
The Sunday Times has recently launched its latest Rich List: aside from the mega fortunes and increasing rise of the nation’s billionaires, interestingly it also claims that many of the UK’s top entrepreneurs are ditching their inbox in favour of chatting to move their business forward.
Is your dress code fit for 2017?
Recently the media has been full of reports about MPs calling for tougher laws on dress code discrimination. Gary Cattermole, Director of award-winning employee engagement and employee research provider, The Survey Initiative, discusses why the issue is so vital and provides advice on how to create an inclusive dress code in your organisation.
Can you disconnect from the workplace in 2017?
It’s the first part of the new year, a time of fresh promises to improve wellbeing – leave the office on time, spend more quality time with the family and not get so stressed.
Workplace hygge: how to embrace it
The Danish art of Hygge has become the latest buzz word in wellbeing. So, what is Hygge? And, can it also improve our wellbeing at work?
Why we should embrace the six-hour working day
Gary Cattermole, Director, The Survey Initiative, discusses how some companies in Scandinavia are introducing a six-hour day to boost levels of employee engagement and how this could really benefit businesses in the UK too.
Inclusive surveys: bedrock of engagement?
In the past the staff survey has come under attack as some organisations have cobbled together a set of questions, sent them out via Mail Chimp and sat upon the results.
Have degrees had their day?
Once upon a time a degree used to be a rite of passage into a great job for University graduates, but with accountancy firm Ernst and Young, and now publishers Penguin Random House dropping the degree requirement, it's time to ask if degrees have finally had their day.
Will Zuckerberg's move shake up paternity culture?
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook recently announced he is taking two months paternity leave. His move has been met with much praise, especially in the States, where neither paid maternity or paternity leave is a legal requirement.
The world's happiest jobs and what they tell us
The Guardian recently conducted an analysis of nine different occupational surveys to find out which professions report the highest levels of happiness. What do the results tell us and how does poor managerial direction can interfere with natural engagement?
Shift workers risk mental and physical health
Staff working shifts outside the hours of 0700-1900 hours are at higher risk of developing chronic health conditions and serious illness, and could even be risking a decline in cognitive function a recent survey revealed.
Onshoring and employee engagement - is there a link?
Over the past few decades China has become the manufacturing centre of the world, but a trend that started in the US is filtering to UK shores as businesses are starting to bring their manufacturing bases back home.
Embracing employee engagement in 2014
Employee engagement may have been the new ‘buzz word’ from America just a few years ago but now businesses large and small are buying into it in some shape or form.
Senior leader buy-in is fundamental to employee engagement
It’s a common issue, organisations are eager to run an employee engagement programme but find it tricky to get their Chief Exec or members of the board to buy-in to employee engagement.