Returning to work with confidence – a 10 point plan

By now, many people have been away from their workplaces for almost three months. As children go back to school and people start to plan their return to work, many are feeling uncertain and worried about what life’s going to be like. As anyone who’s ever taken a career break or been on maternity leave will tell you, getting back to work even in normal times can be challenging for three key of reasons. First, there’s the uncertainty around what will have changed. Post Covid-19 this is exacerbated as no one really knows what the ‘new normal’ will [...]

2020-06-09T09:59:07+01:00 June 9th, 2020|

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 [...]

2020-09-04T16:56:04+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 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|

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|

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|

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+00:00 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|