Tags: Motivation

Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus

CIPD research reveals a gulf in expectations between young people and employers that is contributing to high levels of youth unemployment There is a clear mismatch between employers’ expectations of young people during the recruitment process and young people’s understanding of what is expected of them. This is hindering young people’s access to the labour…

FOSSIL UK achieves healthy workplace status

FOSSIL, based in Milton Keynes, has been commended for demonstrating its commitment to the health and wellbeing of its employees by receiving a Simplyhealth Healthy Workplace award. Provided by healthcare provider Simplyhealth, the Healthy Workplace awards recognise the contribution that UK organisations, in both the private and public sector, make to the welfare of their…

John Sylvester: Want me to go the extra mile? Give me purpose!

“A report by global brand consultancy Calling Brands has revealed a “dramatic shift” in employee attitudes towards work – with corporate ‘purpose’ emerging as a powerful new driver of attraction, retention and productivity that few businesses are leveraging. As a result the consultancy has urged business leaders to rethink the conventional approach to employee engagement…

Self-fulfilment drives workers to go the extra mile

Pride and client service, rather than pay rises and bonuses, motivate more than half (52%) of UK employees to regularly go the extra mile at work, according to recent research from recruitment consultants, Adecco. The drive to perform at their best was most evident amongst workers over 45, with 40% of respondents in the 45-54…

Most employers provide flexible working

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is urging the Government to proceed with plans to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees. The call follows the results of a study which suggest just four per cent of businesses have struggled to comply with current rules. The legislation, introduced in 2003,…

Foundation Trust staff ”happier with care”

NHS hospital and mental health staff are more satisfied with their workplace than ever, the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has claimed. He reckoned that the latest annual NHS Staff survey showed that improvements had been made in some key areas and levels of job satisfaction and staff engagement remained high. However, at the same time…

Employers missing a trick as one in three fail to see the motivational power of employee benefits

Workers with three or more benefits emerge as the most satisfied. When it comes to employee benefits, UK employers are missing a trick, according to research by YouGov for Employee Benefits magazine. “Employers may not be able to afford the most expensive benefits in the current climate, but many are missing out on the opportunity…

Malcom Scovil: selling employee engagement to the board – the fifth element?

We may be in one of the worst recessions in recent decades, yet this isn’t a justification for businesses to demand more work, for less pay. Companies should be seriously concerned that a disengaged employee now, may well walk the moment the job market in their sector starts to recover. The government has recognised the…

Deborah Lewis: Insularity doesn’t motivate

The news that the government has created an industry task force to address the issue of employee motivation, dwindling in the face of rising inflation, taxation and lower actual salaries, got me thinking. Firstly the idea that government has a place in employee motivation. Sure, government does have a role in creating the conditions which…

Charlotte Mepham: Will proposals stop expensive and time-wasting Employment Tribunal Claims?

Defending a claim in the Employment Tribunal is an expensive business for an employer (£8,500 against an average settlement of £5,400: British Chambers of Commerce) but they seem to be increasing in popularity with disgruntled employees (latest figures show a 56% increase in 12 months: British Chambers of Commerce). However, proposals to change the Employment…

Employers could find they generate resentment by reviewing the productivity levels of staff, according to a representative from the Trades Union Congress. Paul Sellers, policy officer at the organisation, suggested such activity could actually lead to a fall in the efficiency of employees. "Whilst it's understandable that businesses are looking to cut costs if they're…

Employers must avoid allowing workers to drift towards retirement if they are not meeting the requisite standards and should not let loyalty dissuade them from maintaining performance, an expert has suggested. Institute for Employment Studies principal research fellow Helen Barnes accepted that many bosses are hesitant to criticise employees who have often provided decades of…