The Influence of Upbringing on Management Style Preferences

Are our management style preferences be influenced by our upbringing? I have always been fascinated by the different management styles that exist within the workplace. It is intriguing to see how individuals with similar positions can have such different approaches to leading their teams. It’s well documented that upbringing...

Quiet Quitting and Employee Engagement

Quiet quitting has been in the news a lot recently, but is it really something to be concerned about and how can employee engagement help buck the trend? What is quiet quitting? The term quiet quitting first appeared on TikTok where posters promoted the idea that ‘work is not...

Self-awareness – the key that unlocks positive change

The goal of all the surveys we run is to create a greater sense of self-awareness, based on which actions can be identified and taken to improve performance.  Reflection – the building block of self-awareness – is the first step in any change programme, whether that’s at an organisational,...

What is a 360 feedback report?

We are frequently asked the questions “What exactly is a 360 feedback report?”, and “Why would this benefit my business?” 360 feedback tools can be used alongside organisational surveys such as employee engagement surveys, culture surveys or values surveys. But instead of focusing on the organisation a 360 feedback...

Employee Appraisals – Why Bother?

There is always that time in the year where HR departments will be preparing to send out the ever-present message from on high that managers need to turn their attention to completing performance reviews of their people. Employees, as well as managers, often question why organisations carry out employee...

The shopping list of staff surveys…Part Two

Gary Cattermole is a Director at leading staff survey provider and employee engagement specialists, The Survey Initiative. Here he offers advice on the most effective and value-for-money solutions to running a survey, and why sometimes it’s best to get face-to-face.… In our last blog we discussed the surveys on...

The shopping list of staff surveys…Part One

Gary Cattermole is a Director at leading staff survey provider and employee engagement specialists, The Survey Initiative. Here he gives the lowdown on the various types of surveys that have been conducted for HR, Training and Health & Safety Departments, and offers advice on which survey to select for...

360 Degree Feedback – What’s It All About?

360 degree feedback has a few different synonyms, for example, multi-rater feedback, multi-source feedback, multi-source assessment or panoramic feedback and is a type of employee survey. 360 degree feedback is a technique and a tool that affords each employee an opportunity to obtain feedback from their manager, peers, co-workers,...

Wiff Waff and the link to 360 degree feedback

I have a confession to make…I love table tennis (or Wiff Waff or, Ping Pong!).  It’s a sport I’ve played for many years and get a great deal of satisfaction from and I’d go as far as to say that I’m a half decent player. Recently I entered three...