Why training is no longer enough

You probably know Purple Cubed as a boutique HR consultancy, or perhaps for our award-winning technology. However, when we started out (in 2001) we also used to deliver rather good learning and development and, for a number of years, e-learning. However, as the world changed, we switched our attention to bigger picture stuff that would deliver sustainable employee engagement and enable businesses to deal with change. At the same time, the development aspects of our delivery work changed to facilitation, group coaching and enabling people to deliver their own great stuff. Which is how it should be, because the [...]

2018-08-17T12:16:50+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|

Why you need joined up people systems (and how to do it…)

By Tom Lake, Product Manager at Purple Cubed HR software has evolved and changed over the years, with a dazzling array of cool apps now on the market. The need to adopt a joined-up, streamlined approach has, therefore, become increasingly important and a top priority for businesses across all industries. From simplifying processes to full-scale automation, companies are starting to realise that without integration, there can be no digital transformation. If systems aren’t aligned, it can be a time consuming and costly process to manage everything individually. More and more tech companies are coming together via APIs (application programme [...]

2018-08-14T08:38:48+00:00 August 13th, 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+00:00 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+00:00 July 20th, 2018|

WHAT TO DO INSTEAD OF THE ANNUAL APPRAISAL

Over the last couple of years there’s been a lot of debate about scrapping the annual appraisal. In fact, the mere word almost always conjures up negative connotations. Shoulders sag, people sigh. Yet progression, development and communication are key drivers for today’s employee. And attracting, engaging, developing and retaining great people is a priority for any business. It’s therefore vital to make sure the right dialogue is happening, with the right frequency, in a way that creates energy and enthusiasm – no more negatives. How the annual appraisal earned its sad reputation In the past, the annual appraisal concentrated [...]

2018-03-07T09:37:37+00:00 February 19th, 2018|

PURPLE Magazine: The People Analytics Edition

Inside the People Analytics edition, you will find: The Big Purple Breakfast Debate - October 2016 Business Breakfast event, we decided to bring together a panel of thinks and leaders who are using people analytics to enhance their people strategies. The debate threw up some interesting examples, opinions and heated discussions; particularly on the subject of ethics , the role of technology in the workplace and HR's role in data analysis. Instinct vs. Data - who will win the battle of the board room? How much is your workforce worth? Should businesses scrap annual appraisals? And more... [...]

2018-02-05T15:50:52+00:00 November 14th, 2016|