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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 – monthly 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 [...]

2019-11-06T10:10:52+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+00:00 October 18th, 2019|

10 tips to create powerful internal brand ambassadors

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley For quite some time now the lines have been blurring between internal and external communication. Therefore, alignment between the people function and marketing has become business critical. Today’s people leader is fast becoming a marketer. If you think about it, the principles of marketing can also apply to attracting, engaging, and retaining your people and thus enabling them to become your brand ambassadors. Take SharpSpring’s Top 10 Tips for Marketing 2019, for example: Look for opportunities to diversify - in a literal sense, diversity and inclusivity are vital, though also [...]

2019-10-01T08:17:18+00:00 October 1st, 2019|

Reinventing your organisation with a human focus

Our five-minute take on this year’s Global Human Capital Trends Report from Deloitte We like this research because it gives weight and rigor to the trends and advancements we know anecdotally to be the case. It also provides lots of helpful stats to help persuade budget holders of the critical aspects of investing in the future success of ‘the people stuff’ and to target this investment in the most effective way. This year Deloitte surveyed over 10,000 people across 119 countries on a range of workplace issues. So you don’t have to read 100+ pages, here are some of [...]

2019-09-16T11:34:40+00:00 August 27th, 2019|

15 ways to take control of your email and become more productive

Email; on the face of it, is not the most riveting of topics yet such an important part of daily life. It comes up time and time again in group conversations about what stops people achieving their goals / change / results. Email requires thought and careful management to safeguard wellbeing and general quality of life.  Hailed as a time saving nirvana in the ‘90s, it appears to since have become the scourge of the 21st century workplace. According to McKinsey, the average professional spends over a quarter of his or her time reading and answering email. Email is [...]

2019-07-24T12:52:50+00:00 July 23rd, 2019|

How the power of the people could help the hospitality high street

A three-minute read by Jane Sunley, Author and Founder Purple Cubed. The hospitality industry lets out a collective sigh every time the news breaks that another high street restaurant chain is in crisis.  So why are some businesses, such as Honest Burgers, in double-digit growth whilst others are entering into CVAs? There are countless reasons, many of them economic, and getting the right product is clearly absolutely crucial. However, some of them are people related and that’s what I’ll address here. Put simply, the world has changed and continues to change at an unprecedented pace yet according to the [...]

2019-07-05T11:22:38+00:00 July 5th, 2019|

Be more family: why we love family businesses – and what you can learn from them

A five-minute read by Jane Sunley, business author and Founder, Purple Cubed. In between a corporate operational career and setting up Purple Cubed, for a number of years, I was MD of a family business. For the majority of that time I was the only non-family member on a board consisting of a Chairman (Dad), sibling CEO and non-executive directors, and me. Most days I loved it, some days not so much. However, I did learn a lot about the discipline of doing what it takes to make things work, about authenticity, about building trust and the importance of [...]

2019-06-18T11:08:22+00:00 June 18th, 2019|

Does your workplace reality live up to the hype? How to boost the likelihood of attracting and retaining the right people

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley One day, an HR manager (HRM) tragically passed away. When he reached the pearly gates, he found that heaven was overcrowded. Saint Peter suggested give hell a try for a day. The HRM stepped off the downward escalator into a beautiful garden, with choirs singing, bountiful food and drink and happy, welcoming people. Having enjoyed a great day, before he knew it, it was time to leave.  Arriving back at the gates of a, still congested, heaven, the HRM elected to spend eternity in hell. However, when he returned, he [...]

2019-05-28T15:48:09+00:00 May 28th, 2019|