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+00:00 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+00:00 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+00:00 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+00:00 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|

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+00:00 July 26th, 2018|

ALL WORK AND NO PLAY?

Jo Harley, Managing Director at Purple Cubed shares her view on work life balance. The article "All work and no play..." originally appeared in the Caterer  All work and no play leads to employees feeling stressed and anxious, with low productivity and high absence levels. So what practical steps can employers take to give their staff their personal lives back? The issue of recruitment and staff retention haunts every manager in hospitality. But while good employers are paying attention to offering their staff competitive pay and career development to keep talent onside, excellent employers are going one step further [...]

2018-05-08T16:50:55+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|