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|

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|

Communication – how to stop brain overload and boost employee engagement

Every day, people are bombarded with enough information to overload a laptop within a week. It’s no surprise; therefore, that communication frequently tops the list of desired improvements for employees everywhere. Getting it right will lead to alignment, collaboration, innovation and employee engagement, leading to an overall improvement in the bottom line. Getting it wrong leads to mistrust, uncertainty, wasted time and resources, fragmented teams, conflict, stress and disengagement. If you ask any employee how they’d rate their organisation’s internal communication on a scale of one to10 (with 10 being ‘it’s brilliant’), you’d be lucky to raise a five in [...]

2019-04-02T11:24:26+01:00 March 28th, 2019|

This Valentine’s Day create an environment where it’s possible to ‘love what you do’ (a five minute read)

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley The origins of Valentine’s Day are somewhat murky, from martyred priests and blood-soaked fertility rituals, to tales of an imprisoned Saint Valentine falling in love with his jailer’s daughter. Beloved of florists, card manufacturers and restaurateurs, today it’s a very popular opportunity to celebrate love. Love can mean many things; mutual respect, understanding and tolerance, kindness, compassion and transparency, personal attachment, excitement, the drive to spend time and achieve things together… This resonates with employee engagement, if you think about it. As lines blur between home and work, ‘loving what you [...]

2019-03-06T13:04:52+01:00 February 13th, 2019|

How to unleash the power of an engaged workforce

Many hospitality businesses are worrying about candidate shortages, labour turnover and how they're going to fuel profitability and growth with such a shortfall of people. We know (and this is backed up by Forbes and numerous others) that “high levels of employee engagement drive improved customer satisfaction, which impacts bottom line profits. The effectiveness of an individual leader is a key factor influencing engagement and this also impacts retention of talented employees, discretionary effort in the organisation and organisational profitability.” There is also compelling evidence of a clear correlation between manager effectiveness and engagement level. This, in turn, impacts the [...]

2018-10-16T16:48:27+01:00 October 16th, 2018|

Purple Breakfast Club – Summary of Outcomes

On 3rd October, at an exclusive event for the C-Suite, business owners and investors within the hospitality space, an exclusive audience of 30 of hospitality’s ‘great and good’ gathered to debate:   PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST - YOUR BEST BUSINESS MOVE   Richard Branson’s been saying it for years, Luke Johnson wrote about it in The Times. So why isn’t every board putting people at the top of the agenda?   PANEL: TIM KIDD, MD, Kantar Worldpanel, Europe and US - placed 5th in The Glassdoor Top 50 most people-centric CEOs (ahead of Mark Zuckerberg, Rob Papps, Tim Cook) KIERAN LAWTON, [...]

2018-10-10T11:15:40+01:00 October 10th, 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|

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|