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Best Places to Work in Hospitality – Key insights

A partnership between The Caterer and employee engagement experts Purple Cubed, proudly sponsored by Umbrella Training. The awards shine a spotlight on those who have become exceptional places to work, employing happy, motivated, productive people. Purple Cubed and The Caterer came together to introduce these awards five years ago with a view to helping drive employee engagement, share great practice and improve hospitality’s reputation as a great place to work. And it’s working! From 2018 to 2019, we saw a 4% increase in engagement scores, with an average, now, of 81%. We’ve compiled key insights and outcomes into a [...]

2019-05-14T09:58:34+01:00 May 15th, 2019|

Four ways to respond to workforce disruption

By Jane Sunley + Jo Harley, Co-Founders Purple Cubed It’s fair to say that in these VUCA times, HR faces more disruption than ever before as digitisation gallops ahead in its sophistication and impact. According to McKinsey, the changes presented are ‘akin to coping with the large-scale shift from agricultural work to manufacturing that occurred in the early 20th century’. No challenge there then…  This surge in workforce disruption is largely driven by increased competition, technological transformation and ever-widening customer expectations. In their recent Global Talent Trends Summary, Mercer cite the current seven most significant human capital risks as:  Excessive time taken to fill vacancies  Low or declining employee engagement  Inadequate diversity  Weak leadership pipeline  Ineffective hiring decisions  Lagging production [surely [...]

2019-05-09T16:32:35+01:00 May 8th, 2019|

In April’s stress awareness month, take the opportunity to improve mental health in the workplace (a three minute read)

By Business Author and founder of Purple Cubed, Jane Sunley In May 1998 footballer Justin Fashanu, the UK’s first £1m black player, tragically took his own life in a Shoreditch garage. He could no longer deal with the abuse he received at work and from the public for coming out as gay – even his own brother had offered him £75,000 to ‘stay in the closet’. Yet his death by suicide attracted 40% less news coverage than his sexuality. Fast-forward 20 years and everyone’s talking about the recent passing of Love Islander Mike Thalassitis. Shame on ITV that it’s [...]

2019-04-15T16:28:31+01:00 April 15th, 2019|

Communication – how to stop brain overload and boost employee engagement

Every day, people are bombarded with enough information to overload a laptop within a week. It’s no surprise; therefore, that communication frequently tops the list of desired improvements for employees everywhere. Getting it right will lead to alignment, collaboration, innovation and employee engagement, leading to an overall improvement in the bottom line. Getting it wrong leads to mistrust, uncertainty, wasted time and resources, fragmented teams, conflict, stress and disengagement. If you ask any employee how they’d rate their organisation’s internal communication on a scale of one to10 (with 10 being ‘it’s brilliant’), you’d be lucky to raise a five in [...]

2019-04-02T11:24:26+01:00 March 28th, 2019|

The little Purple Book of feedback

Giving and receiving feedback at work. For many, the thought of it ranges from mild discomfort to sleepless nights and cold sweats. Studies show that 44% of managers admit to finding giving feedback stressful. Our guide will give you all the tips, tricks and pointers you need to master this vital skill - improving both personal and team performance as well as having a positive impact on mental health and well-being.... Fill out the details below to access the Little Purple book of feedback Want to find out more about us? Click here to learn more about how we help [...]

2019-03-18T16:21:18+01:00 March 18th, 2019|

Toxic bosses – how to consign workplace bullying to the last century (a three minute read)

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley Ever since I wrote this viewpoint about a grad’s experience of an organisation’s misguided recruitment process, I’ve been hearing from other young people starting out in the world of work. Whilst there are many excellent employers out there, some of these stories make for uncomfortable reading. Purple Cubed is all about sharing great practice and it would just be too negative to write about them all. However, I do feel compelled to write a piece about workplace bullying and to share with you the worst example I’ve heard so far (are you [...]

2019-03-18T16:26:06+01:00 March 6th, 2019|

This Valentine’s Day create an environment where it’s possible to ‘love what you do’ (a five minute read)

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley The origins of Valentine’s Day are somewhat murky, from martyred priests and blood-soaked fertility rituals, to tales of an imprisoned Saint Valentine falling in love with his jailer’s daughter. Beloved of florists, card manufacturers and restaurateurs, today it’s a very popular opportunity to celebrate love. Love can mean many things; mutual respect, understanding and tolerance, kindness, compassion and transparency, personal attachment, excitement, the drive to spend time and achieve things together… This resonates with employee engagement, if you think about it. As lines blur between home and work, ‘loving what you [...]

2019-03-06T13:04:52+01:00 February 13th, 2019|

A geek-free guide to AI for business leaders (a three minute read)

By Jane Sunley business author and founder, Purple Cubed Artificial Intelligence (AI) has existed conceptually since the 1950s, when the brilliant computer scientist Alan Turin predicted that by the year 2000, computers would be able to pass as humans in an online conversation. However, it’s only relatively recently become relevant and reliable enough to be adopted seriously by businesses. Before people start panicking that robots are taking their jobs, over-taking their intelligence or threatening to bring about end of the world, it’s important to know what we’re dealing with here. In simple terms, there are three categories of AI: Narrow [...]

2019-02-15T11:12:16+01:00 February 11th, 2019|

10 Purple Predictions for 2019

In this fast, vast and ever-changing world, it's important to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to 'the people stuff' and employee engagement. From what's next in recruitment to culture, communication, the employer brand, kindness and leadership, here are our 10 predictions for 2019 - and what to do about them Fill out the details below to access 10 Purple Predictions for 2019 Want to find out more about us? Click here to learn more about how we help organisations become amazing places to work

2019-04-03T12:00:21+01:00 December 6th, 2018|

Change series blog (7): Clarity fuels businesses – kicking off a successful approach

Clarity has always been a business imperative; perhaps, never more so than in these times of great challenge, rapidity and change. The ability to simplify the complex is an essential skill for leaders at all levels – for organisation, team and individual. Yet so many businesses suffer from ambiguity, leading to employee disengagement, customer dissatisfaction, inefficiency, lack of innovation and inability to adapt, all of which are potentially detrimental to the bottom line. Making things simple is tough; yet it’s something that deserves thought, effort and, probably, a change of approach. It starts at the top: People need to [...]

2019-05-09T11:05:04+01:00 November 9th, 2018|