3 FREE gifts you could give to your employees this Christmas
At this time of year, employees of organisations everywhere are attending Christmas parties, pulling Secret Santa names out of hats, and sporting festive jumpers ahead of the Big Day. Many workplaces indulge their employees with gifts during this season, from bottles of fizz to all-expenses paid Christmas bashes. Although these traditional gifts will (undoubtedly) be […]
Why does gratitude at work matter?
I recently watched a fantastic documentary, called Minimalism (I know, I know – I’m really late to the party here!) For those of you who haven’t seen it, the film centres on two men in the US, who call themselves ‘The Minimalists.’ They gave up all belongings they considered unnecessary, seeking to achieve happiness with […]
How does your work environment affect your productivity?
Most of us have worked in less-than-inspiring office settings during our working lives. We know that different people need different things in order to be productive; for example, you might need a quiet space to reflect on research findings you’ve been busily compiling. Maybe you need a social area, to relax in and catch up […]
Are these interview questions alienating your perfect candidates?
What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked in an interview? I was once asked: ‘If you could be any animal, what would you be – and why?’ I imagine the reaction to this type of question is a mixed bag. I immediately blurted ‘TURTLE’ (I’m not sure what this says about me…I answered this […]
Moving on: How to maintain engagement when an employee decides to leave
People leave jobs for all kinds of reasons. Lack of recognition, no clear path to promotion, bad management – they’re all scenarios we’re familiar with, whether it’s from our own experience, or from the mounting research on employee attrition. However, we also know that people leave organisations for reasons we can’t foresee. Back in […]
Brainstorming: Engaging, or Alienating?
Being part of a brainstorming session can sometimes feel like being on a panel show; you’re forever trying to make a joke, but there’s always someone louder than you who makes the audience laugh first. I wouldn’t describe myself as shy or particularly quiet (at all), though I’ve often found myself blending into the background […]
Generation Z: Stop Assuming, Start Engaging
When you think of age discrimination at work, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For many of us, age discrimination conjures images of older employees being treated unfairly. A former colleague of mine once told me that she’d been dyeing her hair for a number of years, despite wanting to embrace her […]
Praise for effort, not just performance – The role of mindset in engaging employees
Did you know that praising a child for their intelligence can actually undermine their motivation and subsequent performance? Seems counterintuitive doesn’t it? But a ground-breaking study by psychologist Muller and Dweck in 1998 found just this. In their research they gave 128 students between the ages of 10-12, a series of non-verbal IQ test, consisting […]
What’s cooking? How employee appreciation can get better results
If you’re eating out anytime soon and want to get a good meal, then choose to eat in a place where the chefs can see you whilst they cook. Why? A recent research study showed that customer satisfaction with food shot up by 10 per cent when chefs could see their customers, even though customers […]
Happy Birthday Twitter! How time flies, is it time to slow down yet?
It’s hard to believe that been 10 years since Twitter launched. According to my Twitter profile @lisapantelli, I joined in August 2008. I remember at the time thinking I was a bit of a late adopter having only just mastered the art of mail merge (how annoying was that as a task!?) and it took […]