Who are you?

  • By J DALTON
  • 02 May, 2017

Are you able to take the real you to work?

There's nothing worse than feeling that you have to change who you really are when you walk into work. That disconnect, as you leave the real you at the door, and become a corporate automaton. In the extreme cases this really disconnects you from your job, your colleagues and the company you work for. Many companies do not even think about the impact their culture is having on their employees personally, and from their perspective, the impact this is having on their customers through disengaged employees who just feel as though they are part of 'the company machine'. 

But don't panic - there are companies out there who do this well. These are the companies who put their people at the heart of their business strategies. When asked what the biggest issues companies face, the inspiring Richard Branson said: ' Many companies seem to fail to embrace their staff as individuals. Have you ever received bad news while at work? Have you had a family commitment that has clashed with your job? Whether it’s coming in later each morning so that you can drop the children off at school, or taking time out to visit a sick relative, or even a sabbatical to concentrate on other things or recharge – employers should embrace the different needs of each member of staff, rather than try to impose a one size fits all solution to problems .'
How do you flex your workplace to allow for employees' lives? The age of deference has gone, and employees expect their place of work to proactively ensure there is work life balance. The old business model of command and control does not work or for companies that stick their heads in the sand hoping it will all go away. Just look at Woolworths, Comet and British Home Stores - all of whom did not look far enough into the future or change the way they were working for the 21st century. 

Younger employees joining businesses (the millennial workforce), in research carried out in 2015 said they would only stay with a company for 2 years if they did not like it there. But, stop press, this research was repeated in 2016 and this has now reduced to only 7 months. Imagine the impact of people leaving your company that quickly especially when you have invested so much time and money in recruiting, inducting and training them. Not to mention the impact on your customers and teams. 

When did you last ask your people what would make their company a great place for them to work in and what changes they would make so they could bring their true selves to the workplace? Isn't it time you asked? 

We can help with fabulous pulse surveys using our open text artificial intelligence tool , which quickly and seamlessly collects, analyses and groups your employee's answers into easy to read, and actionable, reports. And you get the reports the day after the pulse survey closes . Impressed? Contact us today if you want to start listening to your people. 

www.e3insight.co.uk


E3 Insight to help you transform your world of work

By J DALTON 11 Dec, 2017

We 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.

Thanks for reading our 60 second insight - please visit our website to see how we might be able to help you, see who we've worked with and read the excellent feedback from some of our clients.

James and the Team at E3i

By J DALTON 25 Oct, 2017
It seems as though the market place is awash with Employee Engagement surveys and companies telling you how important engagement is to your business. So where do you turn? Who do you trust? Do these companies really know what they are talking about?

What if we said to you that all this talk about employee engagement is all hogwash? Why is it that companies are not
seeing any improvement in engagement or any impact on their performance? They have had engagement strategies in place and spent a king’s ransom on initiatives but their employees are as disengaged as ever. More than this they are seeing their talented people leaving for the competition taking valuable knowledge with them.

Have you exhausted your efforts with engagement and want to take it to the next level? Does this ring a bell with you?

It really is like the emperor’s new clothes to suggest that employee engagement in and of itself is just not the answer. But it’s true – we are bold enough to stick our heads above the parapet and shout it from the rooftops.....

"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
performance.
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.

By J DALTON 27 Sep, 2017
Faced with the fragility of life this week and the importance of this moment, I wanted to challenge you today. What is it that you have waited so long to do? Do you have plans to set up your own business and want to escape the Corporate jungle? Is it to spend more time with your family or take up a new hobby? What have you always dreamed of?

One year ago, almost to the day, I dared to dream of setting up my own business and to share my passion for people, in transforming workplaces for the better for everyone who is out there earning their daily crust. After thirty years of working for someone else, both with amazing bosses and awful bosses, I wanted to make a difference. Having seen some amazing workplaces and worked for some fantastic people I know that it can become a reality for people to wake up in the morning and not dread going into work, or dreading the phone call from 'the boss'. 

One year on we are doing just that! I dared to jump and dream big, letting my genuine passion and inspiration drive me forward. I could, at last, be me and pour my heart and soul into doing my small part in changing workplaces for the better. I'm so glad I didn't take the easy option and go and work for someone else, and stuck to my guns, knowing what was truly important to me. I want to thank all of those who have been on this journey with me so far and have made E3i a success - you all know who you are.

The last year has taught me the value of always treating people well and doing a great job year in year out. It has taught me never to give-up, to always do what I truly feel is right for people and to really value the many people who I've worked with over the years. The old adage of what you give out will come back to you has never rung more true for me , and I can see every interaction I've had with colleagues and friends has had a purpose. I'm now able to offer work to others and have an amazing team supporting me here at E3i. You can make dreams a reality, with hard work, focus and staying true to your values. The latter has been more important than ever to me; we will never compromise what we feel is important or right!

So what are you waiting for? What is that dream you have? There is nothing stopping you making it a reality. Every day is precious in this life and it is so easy just to sit back and think "I'll do it tomorrow". I've been coaching some amazing people recently who are doing just that, grasping the moment and making it happen. I've been amazed at their progress and the commitment they have made to transform their dreams into reality. 

Go on! What small step can you make today to make your dreams come true? You are reading this for a reason right now, so make it real and take that first step towards your amazing future!

And above all enjoy the journey with its ups and downs, take it from me, it's worth it!
By J DALTON 31 May, 2017

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 - info@e3insight.co.uk
By J DALTON 02 May, 2017
There's nothing worse than feeling that you have to change who you really are when you walk into work. That disconnect, as you leave the real you at the door, and become a corporate automaton. In the extreme cases this really disconnects you from your job, your colleagues and the company you work for. Many companies do not even think about the impact their culture is having on their employees personally, and from their perspective, the impact this is having on their customers through disengaged employees who just feel as though they are part of 'the company machine'. 

But don't panic - there are companies out there who do this well. These are the companies who put their people at the heart of their business strategies. When asked what the biggest issues companies face, the inspiring Richard Branson said: ' Many companies seem to fail to embrace their staff as individuals. Have you ever received bad news while at work? Have you had a family commitment that has clashed with your job? Whether it’s coming in later each morning so that you can drop the children off at school, or taking time out to visit a sick relative, or even a sabbatical to concentrate on other things or recharge – employers should embrace the different needs of each member of staff, rather than try to impose a one size fits all solution to problems .'
By J DALTON 14 Apr, 2017
Engagement - why bother??

So, you keep reading about employee engagement everywhere. It all seems a bit HR speak, doesn’t it? Engaging people, making workplaces the best place to work? It’s all about bean bags, ping pong tables and listening groups, right? Seems like a lot of noise from those pink and fluffy HR types??

You wouldn’t be the first person to be exhausted by the constant talk on the ground when it comes to employee engagement, and totally confused about what all the noise is about. You just want to all to go away so you can concentrate on your business, don’t you? What do these HR types know about running your business anyway?

Feeling better now you know you are not the only one? I bet you are.

Time to take a brave pill now. Ready for some searching questions?

Do you want your business to be successful? Daft question isn’t it.

Do you want to make great profits? Uh yes of course!!

Do you know how much staff absence is currently costing your business? Urm….

Why are good people leaving and why do you find it so hard to attract the best people to join your company? Well let me see….

Do you wonder why your customers complain so much or why they go and use the competition? I think it might be…but I’m not sure….

Why is you turnover dropping?

Now the brave pill has had time to dissolve, look at this. Would you like 37% less absenteeism, 28% higher gross margins, 19% increase in operating income, 18% higher productivity and 3.5 times earnings per share?

That’s what companies with highly engaged employees report.

It's time to be bothered!!

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