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|

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|

How to manage the Brexit ‘people panic’

Hospitality is facing a huge recruitment drive from a reduced pool of candidates, so how can you make your offer stand out, asks Jane Sunley A cross vast swathes of the hospitality industry, there’s something of a recurring theme – skills shortages threatened by Brexit. But beyond just panicking, there are some creative solutions that can be implemented to ensure your business is as attractive as possible to the available workforce. We’ve had staffing crises before and we’ll have them again, so this is now less about panicking and more about finding different and creative solutions. Offer reassurance The smart [...]

2018-10-02T16:18:48+01:00 October 2nd, 2018|

Change series blog (6): The Role of Leadership in Change (a three minute read)

By Jane Sunley, Author + Founder of Purple Cubed Leadership isn’t just about the inspirational and visionary CEO; it’s about everyone. To the person on the front line, their line manager is the leader, exemplifying what the company is all about. Therefore to have at shot at handling change successfully, organisations must create highly engaged leaders at all levels. The middle management layer is critical – it can form your most active conduit, or it can become your greatest barrier.  Imagine a team leader who articulates, transparently and in a supportive, positive way versus one who is full of doubt [...]

2018-08-02T11:49:08+01:00 August 2nd, 2018|

Change series (#4) Why employers must change their attitudes to mental health at work (a three-minute read)

By Jane Sunley, Author + Founder of Purple Cubed According to a study by Deloitte, poor mental health costs employers between £33bn and £42blth every year, with an annual cost to the UK economy of between £74bn and £99bn. Yet even today employers who proactively support mental at work are in a minority – this must change. ‘Thriving at Work’, the Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employment sets out what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems, to remain in and thrive at work. Deloitte’s analysis shows that investments made in [...]

2018-07-26T17:25:10+01:00 July 26th, 2018|

How generation pause is affecting careers (a three minute read)

By Jane Sunley, Author + Founder of Purple Cubed Mentoring young people, I’m observing first-hand the consequences of ‘early generation pause’. Generation pause is a buzz phrase to describe how, for today’s young adults, rites of passage and major life events are put on hold. Typically, the term refers to personal events such as leaving home. For example, one in four young adults (aged between 25 and 34) live in the family home; that’s a 23% increase in 20 years (ONS). One in ten believe they may never be able to afford to marry. A quarter of those aged [...]

2018-07-10T10:49:01+01:00 July 5th, 2018|

THE CHANGE SERIES: A change of approach-a three-minute read

Over the years, we’ve commented on transactional versus transformational HR. In the same vein, there are transactional versus transformational organisations, with their respective transactional versus transformational leadership. The transactional companies are doing thing right (playing to the rules, following convention, concerned with process and avoiding risk), whereas the transformers are doing the right things, tackling change head on and embracing creativity, talking calculated risks and, in general, allowing people to try things out in order to innovate. In the past business was, in the main, transactional; leadership was autocratic, traditional in structure, hierarchical. Now the world has changed; life [...]

2018-06-22T17:16:27+01:00 June 22nd, 2018|

Creating a business strategy that supports change

For change to succeed, it’s important to articulate a clear strategy. At a basic level, the business strategy enables a universal understanding of where the organisation is aiming to get to and the top line on how this might be achieved. If this is in place, it can act as a sense check when decisions are made and will also provide a steer when things don’t go according to plan. No strategy should be so rigid so as to inhibit adaptation and growth, yet many of our research interviewees felt that their strategy documents were so long, complex and [...]

2018-05-24T10:26:18+01:00 May 24th, 2018|

How to ensure your company culture will support successful change

An organisation’s cultural DNA forms a core from which everything else flows (or should do). It defines what your organisation stands for, on what basis decisions are made and regulates how things are done. A positive and healthy culture will play a major role in the success or failure of change (and remember it’s estimated that 70% of change projects do indeed fail). This is because if everyone is aligned in their purpose, thinking and behaviours, it’s far easier to engage them in the journey. They’re also far more likely to help keep things on track and raise any [...]

2019-06-06T17:23:41+01:00 May 2nd, 2018|

How to… harness change successfully

The article 'How to harness change successfully' originally appeared in the Caterer With the economy in a state of great uncertainty and volatility, being able to adapt your business model and change your practices is vital, says Jane Sunley at employee engagement consultancy Purple Cubed In the ‘good old days’ you could line up your people, tell them how it was going to be and they’d go off and deliver it. But things have altered. Much is changing right now – you only have to look at some of the high street hospitality businesses to see that. Many businesses [...]

2018-05-08T16:50:19+01:00 April 3rd, 2018|