The angels and demons of crisis management

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley The angels and demons of crisis management is also available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: There were a fair few comments about a statement I made at the end of a previous blog to do with employee satisfaction and loyalty levels rocketing as a result of their employers having taken an empathetic, kind and caring approach towards dealing with the current crisis. It stands to reason that if you look after your people they will remember and appreciate the effort long after the current [...]

2020-05-01T09:40:52+01:00 April 20th, 2020|

We’re all in this together: Engaging your people remotely

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley This blog is available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: As the current crisis sees millions of people in enforced homeworking, it’s highly likely that the majority of them will be feeling isolated, uncertain and lacking focus; leading to stress, anxiety and demotivation. From a company perspective, it’s quite a challenge to maintain your culture. As a result, collaboration, belonging and engagement will all take a hit. Managing this needs some special thought and planning. First, let’s have a positive moment and [...]

2020-04-02T10:33:17+01:00 April 2nd, 2020|

Ten top tips for working at home

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley This blog is available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: If even the thought of enforced homeworking has sent you into a panic, you're not alone. There are upsides to working at home such as work-life balance, schedule flexibility, and work performance that working offsite can bring to your life. However, many of the challenges are wellness-related, for example being unable to ‘turn off’ after work, feeling disconnected, uninformed, lonely and staying motivated. For some industries, such as hospitality, where working at [...]

2020-04-02T10:38:36+01:00 March 17th, 2020|

Enforced home working: 10 essential tips for defending employee wellbeing

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley This blog is available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: If the thought of enforced homeworking is sending you into a tailspin, you're not alone. In a recent survey even back when things were ‘normal’, where people were choosing to work from home, one in three of them reported stress as a result of home working; double that of onsite workers. Last October, in the State of Remote Work report, the thousands of remote workers surveyed were enthusiastic about the work-life balance, [...]

2020-03-24T15:46:03+00:00 March 17th, 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|

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|

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|

Toxic bosses – how to consign workplace bullying to the last century (a three minute read)

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley Ever since I wrote this viewpoint about a grad’s experience of an organisation’s misguided recruitment process, I’ve been hearing from other young people starting out in the world of work. Whilst there are many excellent employers out there, some of these stories make for uncomfortable reading. Purple Cubed is all about sharing great practice and it would just be too negative to write about them all. However, I do feel compelled to write a piece about workplace bullying and to share with you the worst example I’ve heard so far (are [...]

2019-06-18T10:23:01+01:00 March 6th, 2019|