First impressions count

Organisations spend lots of time and money on tools to help them select and recruit the right person. However, unless the new starter is integrated into the workplace then these efforts could well be wasted. An engaging and thorough Induction (onboarding) is a must. This time is crucial and is often the most lasting impression the employee is going to have of the organisation. A good induction has a major impact on retention with many people deciding within the first 100 days if they are going to stay long term or they’re already planning their exit to leave you. [...]

2018-07-17T11:32:50+00:00 July 17th, 2018|

How generation pause is affecting careers (a three minute read)

By Jane Sunley, Author + Founder of Purple Cubed Mentoring young people, I’m observing first-hand the consequences of ‘early generation pause’. Generation pause is a buzz phrase to describe how, for today’s young adults, rites of passage and major life events are put on hold. Typically, the term refers to personal events such as leaving home. For example, one in four young adults (aged between 25 and 34) live in the family home; that’s a 23% increase in 20 years (ONS). One in ten believe they may never be able to afford to marry. A quarter of those aged [...]

2018-07-10T10:49:01+00:00 July 5th, 2018|

THE CHANGE SERIES: A change of approach-a three-minute read

Over the years, we’ve commented on transactional versus transformational HR. In the same vein, there are transactional versus transformational organisations, with their respective transactional versus transformational leadership. The transactional companies are doing thing right (playing to the rules, following convention, concerned with process and avoiding risk), whereas the transformers are doing the right things, tackling change head on and embracing creativity, talking calculated risks and, in general, allowing people to try things out in order to innovate. In the past business was, in the main, transactional; leadership was autocratic, traditional in structure, hierarchical. Now the world has changed; life [...]

2018-06-22T17:16:27+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|

Organisations with strong and transparent cultures perform better

Having clearly-defined and communicated values helps companies attract and develop key talent Companies with strong cultures perform better, a study from Mercer has revealed. In research seen exclusively by HR magazine, Mercer analysed Glassdoor feedback from 75,000 current and former employees who were asked to rate their employer’s culture from one to five. Businesses that scored highly tended to be team-orientated and stand by their values. Firms with a ‘great’ culture had a total shareholder return (TSR) outperformance median of 3%; companies rated ‘bad’ for culture had a TSR outperformance of -11%. The research found that while company culture can create [...]

2018-05-08T16:51:55+00:00 April 10th, 2018|

How to… harness change successfully

The article 'How to harness change successfully' originally appeared in the Caterer With the economy in a state of great uncertainty and volatility, being able to adapt your business model and change your practices is vital, says Jane Sunley at employee engagement consultancy Purple Cubed In the ‘good old days’ you could line up your people, tell them how it was going to be and they’d go off and deliver it. But things have altered. Much is changing right now – you only have to look at some of the high street hospitality businesses to see that. Many businesses [...]

2018-05-08T16:50:19+00:00 April 3rd, 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|

How to harness change successfully

In the ‘good old days’ you could line up your people, tell them how it was going to be and they’d go off and deliver it. But things have changed. There’s certainly a lot of change afoot right now – you only have to look at some of the high street hospitality businesses to see that. Many businesses are finding it really difficult to adapt to change fast enough.  Economic tensions, environmental challenges, political fragmentation are the language of the modern economy and it’s causing great uncertainty and volatility all round. And as technology and globalisation continue to advance, [...]

2018-03-20T10:14:40+00:00 March 20th, 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|

BUSINESSES ARE BEHIND THE CURVE WHEN IT COMES TO ADAPTING TO CHANGE

Whether it’s biology or business, the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’, (Spencer, Darwin), has been proven time and time again. Those who adapt are most likely to survive and thrive.  Yet despite the evidence, too few organisations are effectively adapting to the modern world as defined by continuous change. Economic tensions, environmental challenges, political fragmentation; this is the language of the modern economy and it’s causing great uncertainty and volatility around the world. Add in the third and fourth industrial revolutions and you soon realise that ‘fast’ has become the ‘new big’. And as technology and globalisation continue to [...]

2018-03-15T11:09:06+00:00 March 15th, 2018|