like to share great insight when we come across it, so here's a little
gift from us this Christmas, the first in a new series of 60 second insights
from us here at E3i
But before we get going we just want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and here's to a wonderful 2018!
We are not sending Christmas cards this year but donating to The Amelia Trust Farm who do such great work with children and young adults.
Thankyou to all of you that we have worked with this year and we look forward to an insightful 2018!
Here's your 60 second insight....
At our recent Engage for Success Cymru launch, we had the pleasure of hearing from Greg Evans from Horizon Nuclear Power, who shared his daily mantra with us, that keeps him focused on his people. It's one of those powerful insights we come across and know we just have to share and is our gift for you this Christmas.....we hope you find it useful!
Here are the four things Greg reminds himself to do before he starts each day;
1. Someone will need me today – be open to that, keep your eyes and ears open and make sure you respond and listen carefully.
2. Effort needs to be rewarded as well as outcomes - people work really hard, but not everyone has a tangible outcome to what they do. Ensure that you recognise when people are putting in real effort - encouragement and recognition are really powerful.
3. Find someone to listen to today - actively seek out the opinions & ideas of others, there are great ideas out there which will be missed if you don't actively seek them out.
4. Find a different path to the same place
- if you always take the same route
to your desk you'll find it a lonely walk, so always try and go to places you
wouldn't normally go to and see people you wouldn't usually meet.
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"Engagement is not the answer! There we said it - engagement on its own is dead!"
Here at E3I we have some of the world’s most
experienced leaders who have spent, cumulatively, hundreds
of years leading businesses and have brought their combined
knowledge to bear to address the ‘engagement issue’. We
know from our experience that engagement was not enough,
and really know what needs to be in place for stellar
So we scoured the globe looking at a multitude of assessment tools, people awards, leadership models and employee
surveys, hunting for the magic morsels that we knew are the key elements to running a business successfully. Guess what, we didn’t find everything in one place, and there were many elements missing from so many of them.
So what is the solution? What are the ‘magic buttons’ you need to press? What foundations do you need to have in place to really get the maximum performance from your employees,and make your business the best place for people to work?
What is working for you and what is draining resources and stopping your business from being successful?
There is an answer and it's the E3i Insight for Leaders deep dive diagnostic.
We call it i-4L
. The most dynamic assessment available
created to help you truly understand your business inside out.
Developed by our amazing leadership team i-4L will uncover what is really happening in your company, and give you the
insight you need to truly release the potential that is just waiting to burst out of your teams and individuals.
The i-4L assessment uses our exciting new business model to
look at how you engage, enable and empower your people,
evaluating your business and ensuring you have the
underpinning foundations in place for success. The detailed
assessment looks at your business from fresh angles, focusses on quality guidance rather than quantity, is practical and
actionable and doesn’t use any fancy language. Quite simply it’s just what you have been looking for. Everything under one roof – a one stop shop business assessment to help you, with our trusted consultants with their depth of insight and all of whom have experience in large global business, uncover the magic bullets to transform your world of work. Your employees will feel the difference and so will your customers, and ultimately the business will perform like a well-oiled machine.
So, if you are brave enough to invite us in we can share with you some of the actionable insight we have shared with other business leaders like you, through our driver and impact focussed approach, with real return on investment. We get to know you, your people and your business and promise a ground-breaking IT platform, no long-winded reports and our ongoing support on your journey.
Tempted? Want to know more? Call us today and we’ll come and share our Insight for Leaders with you.
I recently attended a fantastic Leicestershire CIPD event where Ian Brinkley, the Interim Chief Economist of the CIPD, answered this question. The main headlines were:
Headline 1 (Very good reminder): Don’t confuse productivity with effort! Productivity is the ratio of the output of goods and services to the number of labour hours required to produce that output.
Headline 2 (Not too much of a surprise): High productivity generates business growth and all the good things that come with that. Low productivity ….yes …… you’ve guessed it ……..will, over time, destroy a business and the people in it.
Headline 3 (Thank goodness for that): Some organisations are bucking the trend and have increased their productivity. They are the ones that have reacted quickly, are still investing in training, and are embracing the digital world.
Headline 4 (There is hope): There are things that HR can do to drive productivity (and they don’t include time and motion assessments):
1. Champion productivity measures – Many organisations measure performance but not productivity, so won’t even know whether they have an issue until it’s too late. You don’t need a complicated measure – but you do need to be able to track and compare trends to know if you are getting better or worse.
2. Keep an eye on the workplace culture – This will range from the physical environment in which people are working (put simply, it should be organised, safe and clean), the processes they are following (e.g.: Quality Management), the leadership they receive, and the beliefs and values (implied or explicit). If any one of these is not quite right it’s likely productivity is lower than it has to be. Changing organisational culture is not easy but you may not need to change all of the ingredients to make a difference.
3. Drive the business case for investing in training , especially of a vocational nature. This will increase the skill base, enabling the business to respond and adapt more quickly than its competitors. Evidence exists to show that businesses that stop investing in training become less productive than those who continue to invest.
4. Ensure effective workforce planning . Too many employees? Not enough? Are they working in the wrong place at the wrong time and/or on the wrong activity? This will all affect productivity. HR can play a key role in helping to shine a light on this one.
5. Understand the skills in the business - and utilise them. By 2020 more than half the people in work in the UK will have a degree or equivalent. Use these skills as a competitive advantage, but first you’ll need to understand what talent you have.
6. Effective people management frameworks – HR can lead the way on ensuring the business has frameworks in place that support and reward high performance. These can range from simple recognition policies to bonus schemes, through to appraisals and personal development reviews. The list is endless. The key question HR should be asking is whether the policies are supporting or stifling productivity.If you want to know more you contact us at E3i today - email@example.com