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So far Tom Lake has created 34 blog entries.

We’re all in this together: Engaging your people remotely

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley This blog is available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: As the current crisis sees millions of people in enforced homeworking, it’s highly likely that the majority of them will be feeling isolated, uncertain and lacking focus; leading to stress, anxiety and demotivation. From a company perspective, it’s quite a challenge to maintain your culture. As a result, collaboration, belonging and engagement will all take a hit. Managing this needs some special thought and planning. First, let’s have a positive moment and [...]

2020-04-02T10:33:17+01:00 April 2nd, 2020|

Ten top tips for working at home

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley This blog is available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: If even the thought of enforced homeworking has sent you into a panic, you're not alone. There are upsides to working at home such as work-life balance, schedule flexibility, and work performance that working offsite can bring to your life. However, many of the challenges are wellness-related, for example being unable to ‘turn off’ after work, feeling disconnected, uninformed, lonely and staying motivated. For some industries, such as hospitality, where working at [...]

2020-04-02T10:38:36+01:00 March 17th, 2020|

Coping in a crisis when the buck stops with you – 12 essential tips for business owners and senior leaders

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley This blog is available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley I’ve had a couple of calls this week from business owners looking for a pep talk on how best to cope personally with the current situation when all around them appears to be crumbling. One asked how we survived when, on day two of setting up this business, 9/11 happened and all of the work we’d spent months so carefully lining up, vanished within a day or two. Our ‘helpful’ landlord at the time commented that he hadn’t thought we’d last longer than [...]

2020-03-24T15:38:39+00:00 March 17th, 2020|

Enforced home working: 10 essential tips for defending employee wellbeing

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley This blog is available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: If the thought of enforced homeworking is sending you into a tailspin, you're not alone. In a recent survey even back when things were ‘normal’, where people were choosing to work from home, one in three of them reported stress as a result of home working; double that of onsite workers. Last October, in the State of Remote Work report, the thousands of remote workers surveyed were enthusiastic about the work-life balance, [...]

2020-03-24T15:46:03+00:00 March 17th, 2020|

Yapster and Purple Cubed announce partnership to bring shared users closer to their people platform

Yapster and award-winning people and tech experts, Purple Cubed are partnering to give shared users seamless access to people engagement platform, Talent Toolbox, through the Yapster app. Purple Cubed’s ongoing mission is to help great brands become amazing places to work. Talent Toolbox was the first product of its kind in the UK and has resulted in customer triumphs such as reductions in labour turnover by over 100%, increases in employee engagement and, for one client, an EBITDA improvement of £3million. Customers include established brands such as Planet Organic, YO!, and The Ritz London. Talent Toolbox will be hosted [...]

2020-01-15T14:29:45+00:00 January 15th, 2020|

The key to improving your business in 2020

This blog in brief: People are looking for ‘the next big thing’ to propel their businesses forward, yet the missing piece is about getting the basics in place. Instead of exhaustive new initiatives, clarify your business purpose by underpinning it with authentic, simple values, which in turn, are supported by succinctly defined behaviours. Measure it, nurture and improve it and the magic will happen. Sometimes it’s necessary to go back to basics to be able to move forward. There’s a theme running through so many business conversations lately about how to gain competitive advantage in our ever changing world. People are looking [...]

2020-01-15T14:32:59+00:00 January 15th, 2020|

What’s Hot And What’s Not for the People Stuff In 2020

In this fast paced and ever-changing world, it’s important to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to ‘the people stuff’ and employee engagement. Here’s our What’s Hot and What’s Not for the people stuff in 2020 Use the link below to download our guide on What’s hot and what’s not for today’s people leader in 2020 Want to find out more about us? Click here to learn more about how we help organisations become amazing places to work DOWNLOAD THE INFOGRAPHIC

2019-11-28T14:17:01+00:00 November 28th, 2019|

How to improve mental health in the workplace

We’re thrilled to be able to tell you about our new ‘Purple Wellbeing Index’ which is due to launch in 2020. This is a simple yet powerful tool that will enable you to monitor the wellbeing levels across your organisation and enable people to self-assess and request support. Workplace stress not only causes a lot of lost sleep, it’s also triggering almost half of the UK workforce to look for an alternative job. Shock statistic time? Maybe, though not all that surprising really when you consider that, every day, the average person is bombarded with enough information to overload [...]

2019-11-27T16:35:21+00:00 November 27th, 2019|

Our latest thinking: Potential – thought leadership from Talent Toolbox

This article in brief: Potential is not just about skills and attributes. Identifying potential can no longer be a top-down affair. People’s aspirations and personal circumstances are a vital part of the mix, which is why self-assessment is vital. This can only happen fairly, consistently and easily with the right digital system in place with robust analytics to back it up. The term ‘potential’ has historically been used to indicate that an individual has certain qualities, such as behavioural characteristics, motivation, skills, abilities, experience and so on to effectively perform and contribute in [...]

2020-01-15T13:57:19+00:00 November 5th, 2019|

The importance of inspiring trust in the workplace – and how to do it…

We live in an age of fast and furious information flow where transparency and, in some cases, over-sharing have become a social norm. It therefore stands to reason that employees will expect trust and openness at work in the same way they expect equal, adult relationships. Hopefully it’s been quite a while since you heard that awful phrase ‘mushroom management’ (where people are kept in the dark and fed sh*t), though, sadly, some organisations still have a long way to go when it comes to creating, maintaining and growing trust. Harvard’s global survey on the ambiguous state of employee [...]

2019-10-18T16:07:05+01:00 October 18th, 2019|