Employee engagement

Skills shortages plaguing older UK businesses

A majority (90%) of large businesses in the UK are struggling to fill skills gaps in their organisation, with older companies struggling even more.

Companies alienating workforce by ignoring worker opinion

Employers are guilty of ignoring the opinions of their workforce when it comes to making important decisions.

Appraisals – common pitfalls and challenges

We have all had that feeling around appraisal season. Everything seems fine so why waste time when we have work to get on with?

Sunday night blues demotivating workers for week ahead

Sunday night blues, a feeling of dread before the start of the working week, is having a negative effect on worker wellbeing across the UK.

Brewdog's James Watt: Why I gave away £100m to my staff

When we announced we were giving away nearly £100 million of my own shares in Brewdog, the response was overwhelming. At our Ellon headquarters and brewery people were stunned when they heard the...

Case studies: How employers strike a healthy balance with tech use

Striking a healthy balance in terms of tech usage can be a fine art. Here's how GitHub, Zurich and Howes Percival are mindful with technology.

Anti-hustle culture: why employees are prioritising lifestyle over ambitions

A recent Twitter thread from strategic researcher Victoria Buchanan examined a growing trend among young people on social media toward anti-ambition and sharing content that rejects so-called hustle...

What MasterChef Australia has taught me about winner vs loser mentality

Let me start with the good news, which is that 87% of organisations have recognition programmes. Fantastic. So, if you do the maths, this should equate to an equally high percentage of employees...

Giving new employees the gift of time

As an executive responsible for people operations and community, my guiding principle is something I learned a long time ago: people are not a company's most valuable or greatest asset. People are...

How HR can avoid reputational mistakes

Employers have never been more aware of the importance of a healthy organisational culture. The problem for many, however, is how to get there. From listening to the employee voice to driving change...

UK is in a great motivation crisis

The leaking roof or the dripping shower? Which catches your attention first? There’s something inherently myopic about the way we often look at risk – we tend to focus on what is in front of us...

Micro-experiences in digital recruiting

Most organisations know that they are operating in the experience economy - their success no longer rests purely on maximising transactions, but is dependent on how those transactions are delivered.