Employee Surveys: It You Don’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

Employer enthusiasm for surveys is easy to understand, as a highly motivated workforce is seen as a secret ingredient for business success (theoretically at least). Employee engagement has been shown to have a statistically significant relationship with: Profitability; Productivity; Worker retention; Safety; and Customer satisfaction. However, surveys, generally, show that businesses mostly fail to motivate… Read More

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Mental Health: So How Much Work is too Much?

The following is a snippet from a New Scientist article on the growing push towards reducing hours, from working a five day week to a four day week while still receiving the five day wage. I’m specifically looking at the mental health aspect, which I thought was interesting (see below for the full article). “Huong… Read More

Linking Workplace Stress & Recognition

Do you give your all to your job but get little recognition? A study of workplace stress suggests that throwing yourself into work that you love, but not receiving appropriate reward, is a toxic cocktail for biological stress. Leander van der Meij, now at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, and his colleagues have discovered this by studying… Read More

Homeworking: Driven by the Recession?

More women are taking on flexible working roles, data shows . The number of people working from home has risen by 13% in the last five years, according to figures recently released by the TUC (Trades Union Congress, the trade unions’ association). Just over four million employees said that they mainly worked from home in 2012, an… Read More

The Hawthorne Effect in a New Light!

The iconic Hawthorne experiments at a Western Electric factory used changes in working conditions such as subtle adjustments to lighting and noise levels to improve the working environment. They were founded on the insights of psychology and affected a sea change in workplace relations. This new “human relations” approach broke the influence of scientific management… Read More