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|

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|

Reinventing your organisation with a human focus

Our five-minute take on this year’s Global Human Capital Trends Report from Deloitte We like this research because it gives weight and rigor to the trends and advancements we know anecdotally to be the case. It also provides lots of helpful stats to help persuade budget holders of the critical aspects of investing in the future success of ‘the people stuff’ and to target this investment in the most effective way. This year Deloitte surveyed over 10,000 people across 119 countries on a range of workplace issues. So you don’t have to read 100+ pages, here are some of [...]

2019-09-16T11:34:40+01:00 August 27th, 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|

Change series blog (7): Clarity fuels businesses – kicking off a successful approach

Clarity has always been a business imperative; perhaps, never more so than in these times of great challenge, rapidity and change. The ability to simplify the complex is an essential skill for leaders at all levels – for organisation, team and individual. Yet so many businesses suffer from ambiguity, leading to employee disengagement, customer dissatisfaction, inefficiency, lack of innovation and inability to adapt, all of which are potentially detrimental to the bottom line. Making things simple is tough; yet it’s something that deserves thought, effort and, probably, a change of approach. It starts at the top: People need to [...]

2019-05-09T11:05:04+01:00 November 9th, 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|

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+01:00 September 19th, 2018|

Change series blog (6): The Role of Leadership in Change (a three minute read)

By Jane Sunley, Author + Founder of Purple Cubed Leadership isn’t just about the inspirational and visionary CEO; it’s about everyone. To the person on the front line, their line manager is the leader, exemplifying what the company is all about. Therefore to have at shot at handling change successfully, organisations must create highly engaged leaders at all levels. The middle management layer is critical – it can form your most active conduit, or it can become your greatest barrier.  Imagine a team leader who articulates, transparently and in a supportive, positive way versus one who is full of doubt [...]

2018-08-02T11:49:08+01:00 August 2nd, 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|

360 review – why you should proceed with caution (a three minute read)

By Jane Sunley, Author + Founder of Purple Cubed For some reason we’ve been experiencing an increase in requests to facilitate 360-degree review. This form of employee feedback provides a holistic view of an individual through feedback (normally given anonymously) from his or her manager, peers and direct reports, and sometimes external sources such as clients or suppliers. In an age of transparency where trust and openness are key, we’re not fans. People should be learning how to be honest and open with each other on an ongoing basis and operating in a culture and environment where that is [...]

2018-07-20T15:40:41+01:00 July 20th, 2018|