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 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|

Four ways to respond to workforce disruption

By Jane Sunley + Jo Harley, Co-Founders Purple Cubed It’s fair to say that in these VUCA times, HR faces more disruption than ever before as digitisation gallops ahead in its sophistication and impact. According to McKinsey, the changes presented are ‘akin to coping with the large-scale shift from agricultural work to manufacturing that occurred in the early 20th century’. No challenge there then…  This surge in workforce disruption is largely driven by increased competition, technological transformation and ever-widening customer expectations. In their recent Global Talent Trends Summary, Mercer cite the current seven most significant human capital risks as:  Excessive time taken to fill vacancies  Low or declining employee engagement  Inadequate diversity  Weak leadership pipeline  Ineffective hiring decisions  Lagging production [surely [...]

2019-05-09T16:32:35+01:00 May 8th, 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+01:00 March 28th, 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|

How to manage the Brexit ‘people panic’

Hospitality is facing a huge recruitment drive from a reduced pool of candidates, so how can you make your offer stand out, asks Jane Sunley A cross vast swathes of the hospitality industry, there’s something of a recurring theme – skills shortages threatened by Brexit. But beyond just panicking, there are some creative solutions that can be implemented to ensure your business is as attractive as possible to the available workforce. We’ve had staffing crises before and we’ll have them again, so this is now less about panicking and more about finding different and creative solutions. Offer reassurance The smart [...]

2018-10-02T16:18:48+01:00 October 2nd, 2018|