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So far Tom Lake has created 25 blog entries.

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|

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+01:00 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+01:00 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+01:00 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+01:00 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+01:00 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+01:00 May 28th, 2019|

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 [...]

2019-05-23T12:06:57+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|