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|

Coping in a crisis when the buck stops with you – 12 essential tips for business owners and senior leaders

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley This blog is available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley I’ve had a couple of calls this week from business owners looking for a pep talk on how best to cope personally with the current situation when all around them appears to be crumbling. One asked how we survived when, on day two of setting up this business, 9/11 happened and all of the work we’d spent months so carefully lining up, vanished within a day or two. Our ‘helpful’ landlord at the time commented that he hadn’t thought we’d last longer than [...]

2020-03-24T15:38:39+00:00 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|

How to improve mental health in the workplace

We’re thrilled to be able to tell you about our new ‘Purple Wellbeing Index’ which is due to launch in 2020. This is a simple yet powerful tool that will enable you to monitor the wellbeing levels across your organisation and enable people to self-assess and request support. Workplace stress not only causes a lot of lost sleep, it’s also triggering almost half of the UK workforce to look for an alternative job. Shock statistic time? Maybe, though not all that surprising really when you consider that, every day, the average person is bombarded with enough information to overload [...]

2019-11-27T16:35:21+00:00 November 27th, 2019|

The importance of inspiring trust in the workplace – and how to do it…

We live in an age of fast and furious information flow where transparency and, in some cases, over-sharing have become a social norm. It therefore stands to reason that employees will expect trust and openness at work in the same way they expect equal, adult relationships. Hopefully it’s been quite a while since you heard that awful phrase ‘mushroom management’ (where people are kept in the dark and fed sh*t), though, sadly, some organisations still have a long way to go when it comes to creating, maintaining and growing trust. Harvard’s global survey on the ambiguous state of employee [...]

2019-10-18T16:07:05+01:00 October 18th, 2019|

15 ways to take control of your email and become more productive

Email; on the face of it, is not the most riveting of topics yet such an important part of daily life. It comes up time and time again in group conversations about what stops people achieving their goals / change / results. Email requires thought and careful management to safeguard wellbeing and general quality of life.  Hailed as a time saving nirvana in the ‘90s, it appears to since have become the scourge of the 21st century workplace. According to McKinsey, the average professional spends over a quarter of his or her time reading and answering email. Email is [...]

2019-07-24T12:52:50+01:00 July 23rd, 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 to 10 (with 10 being ‘it’s brilliant’), you’d be lucky to raise a [...]

2020-07-21T16:02:37+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+00:00 February 13th, 2019|