The Ultimate employee engagement score (a three minute ‘how to’ read)

Service businesses are worrying about candidate shortages, labour turnover and how they're going to fuel profitability and growth with such a shortfall of people. It’s clear that employee engagement drives customer satisfaction, which, in turn, impacts bottom line profits. There is also a clear correlation between managerial effectiveness and engagement levels, which goes on to impact the retention and morale of existing teams and, therefore, a company's ability to attract great people. By optimising people practices, leadership capability and accountability for engagement, together with clear ‘people KPIs’, the value add from your people is very likely to increase exponentially. However, [...]

2018-09-19T11:31:01+00:00 September 19th, 2018|

Why you need joined up people systems (and how to do it…)

By Tom Lake, Product Manager at Purple Cubed HR software has evolved and changed over the years, with a dazzling array of cool apps now on the market. The need to adopt a joined-up, streamlined approach has, therefore, become increasingly important and a top priority for businesses across all industries. From simplifying processes to full-scale automation, companies are starting to realise that without integration, there can be no digital transformation. If systems aren’t aligned, it can be a time consuming and costly process to manage everything individually. More and more tech companies are coming together via APIs (application programme [...]

2018-08-14T08:38:48+00:00 August 13th, 2018|

THE CHANGE SERIES #2 Getting the most out of your people tech

Jane Sunley, business author, CEO + Founder of Purple Cubed  For organisations of all types and sizes, digitising the ‘people stuff’ will bring about numerous benefits. You’d expect it to help you save time and cost though, used correctly and with commitment, it will also help with recruitment and selection, with employee engagement and retention, with communication, creativity, recognition, health and wellbeing, with growing capability, with leadership, with enabling people to progress, contribute and drive their careers – the list goes on… However, investing in people tech is seen by many as a potentially risky and expensive business and [...]

2018-04-24T10:47:10+00:00 March 27th, 2018|

Business leaders failing to drive change

This article originally appeared in HR Magazine - Business leaders failing to drive change Leaders are reluctant to make changes in their organisations, research from Purple Cubed has revealed The research found that, while employers recognise challenges within their businesses, few felt they were able to take action through investing in new ideas, instead choosing cost-cutting, risk-averse approaches. In its qualitative research Purple Cubed found that of the 60 leaders interviewed, few saw managing change as a priority. The majority saw the economy and political climate as the biggest risk to their organisations. Furthermore, many leaders felt too overwhelmed by [...]

2018-04-12T10:11:08+00:00 March 15th, 2018|

WHAT TO DO INSTEAD OF THE ANNUAL APPRAISAL

Over the last couple of years there’s been a lot of debate about scrapping the annual appraisal. In fact, the mere word almost always conjures up negative connotations. Shoulders sag, people sigh. Yet progression, development and communication are key drivers for today’s employee. And attracting, engaging, developing and retaining great people is a priority for any business. It’s therefore vital to make sure the right dialogue is happening, with the right frequency, in a way that creates energy and enthusiasm – no more negatives. How the annual appraisal earned its sad reputation In the past, the annual appraisal concentrated [...]

2018-03-07T09:37:37+00:00 February 19th, 2018|

CONTEMPORARY LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT – The HR Revolution #7

You probably know Purple Cubed as a boutique HR consultancy, or perhaps for our award-winning technology. However when we started out (in 2001) we also used to deliver rather good Learning and Development and, for a number of years, e-learning. However, given the changing world, we realised that most traditional learning was no longer effective and so we changed our development business model to one of facilitation, group coaching and enabling people to deliver their own great stuff. Which is how it should be because the majority of today’s workforce want: Bite sized, just-in-time learning Coaching and mentoring Easy, [...]

2018-02-08T13:33:02+00:00 February 8th, 2018|

The HR Revolution #6 Growing leadership capability – a three-minute read

During 2017, Purple Cubed interviewed more than 60 senior leaders across a wide variety of disciplines to find out how, in this vastly changed and changing world, organisations are successfully growing leadership capability. What we discovered was disappointing. Despite the third industrial revolution, the pace of change, and our volatile, ambiguous and complex climate, hardly anyone was veering off the traditional path. Leadership today goes beyond traditional business skills; it requires superior change management skills (thinking, problem solving, communication, emotional intelligence and so on…). It therefore makes sense to develop them universally – creating leaders at all levels. Holacracy [...]

2018-01-23T17:30:16+00:00 January 4th, 2018|

PURPLE Magazine: The People Analytics Edition

Inside the People Analytics edition, you will find: The Big Purple Breakfast Debate - October 2016 Business Breakfast event, we decided to bring together a panel of thinks and leaders who are using people analytics to enhance their people strategies. The debate threw up some interesting examples, opinions and heated discussions; particularly on the subject of ethics , the role of technology in the workplace and HR's role in data analysis. Instinct vs. Data - who will win the battle of the board room? How much is your workforce worth? Should businesses scrap annual appraisals? And more... [...]

2018-02-05T15:50:52+00:00 November 14th, 2016|