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So far Tom Lake has created 38 blog entries.

Extended furlough: five ways to keep people on top of the situation

Five ways to keep people on top of the situation is also available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: The Chancellor’s announcement that furlough is to be extended until October, came as a welcome surprise to many. The furlough scheme, whereby the government will cover 80% of monthly wages up to £2500, is already benefiting one million businesses and seven and a half million workers in the UK. Whilst businesses and many workers will welcome this extension, for many employees who are now approaching the completion of eight weeks of [...]

2020-05-21T13:46:40+01:00 May 13th, 2020|

How leadership will change post Covid-19: 10 ways to get fighting fit…

This blog in brief: Although businesses face logistical and financial hurdles as we plan to come out on the ‘other side’ of Covid-19, make the most of enforced downtime to plan for new and better ways of operating in the future. Think Culture, Flexibility, Leadership, Wellbeing, Learning, Community, Digital, Communication and the Employee Experience… How leadership will change post Covid-19 is also available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: For some time before the virus, the concept of ‘disruptive business’ was dancing around all of us, with some embracing it and others still with their [...]

2020-05-01T09:35:08+01:00 May 1st, 2020|

The angels and demons of crisis management

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley The angels and demons of crisis management is also available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: There were a fair few comments about a statement I made at the end of a previous blog to do with employee satisfaction and loyalty levels rocketing as a result of their employers having taken an empathetic, kind and caring approach towards dealing with the current crisis. It stands to reason that if you look after your people they will remember and appreciate the effort long after the current [...]

2020-05-01T09:40:52+01:00 April 20th, 2020|

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|