Fun’s not just for the fun of it!

So first session today at the CIPD L&D Show and I’ve chosen to come to the Science of Happiness: motivating and inspiring individuals, teams and orgs with Stephanie Davies, Director & Founder of Laughology.

Who loves a really good laugh? It’s good for us on many levels and Stephanie focuses on laughter and happiness. read more

Does it matter?

David D’Souza’s post the other day (http://ddsouzadotcom.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/the-productivity-problem/) got me thinking……

Last week my husband was away with work so it was me and the kids for a few days on our own.  Things ticked along nicely.  Yes, they argued sometimes, or course, but mostly things ran pretty smoothly and we had a good time together. read more

Throw out the trash

Inspired by Neil Morrison’s recent post on why HR should hate change (http://change-effect.com/2014/03/24/why-hr-should-hate-change-just-a-little-bit-more/), it reminded me of a true change story I heard a couple of weeks ago from someone from a large organisation.

This is the story from her persepctive….. read more

‘Bring your inner kid to work’ day

There are two little people in our family.

We have a strategy – keep them safe, feed them healthy stuff (mostly!), help them grow and develop to be their best selves

We have expectations of their role – we’re clear on what counts as ‘good’ or ‘unacceptable’ behaviour (be kind, don’t hit!), we ask them to do certain things (like polishing their own school shoes on a Sunday night – a cosy hangover from my memories of my own childhood!) and we try to be consistent with these expectations so they know where they stand read more

Lego Culture (spoiler alert!!)

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Towards the end of last week I was starting to think there’s a lot in the world of twitter & blogs that bemoans the sorry state of work, people, leaders…..(including some of my own tweets and posts!).

Of course, being challenging of what we see around us is an important part of growing, changing and improving so that we create an always-better future. But I started feeling that I wanted to switch into a more positive mode for my next post. And, as if by magic, my inspiration came from going to see the Lego movie this weekend! read more

Bumper to Bumper

Driving home tonight, amongst the throng of rush hour traffic, I watched the many people who stay bumper to bumper. Not leaving an inch lest some ‘cheeky’ driver from a side junction jump in ‘their’ space. How very dare they!! Even if actually all that driver wants to do is cut through to their route on the other side of the queue. read more

Can I measure that?

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The other day I was in a well-known DIY store (although it could have been in any one of the big retailers).  I couldn’t find the light bulbs I was looking for so I went to the front to ask for help.  There was a lady standing near the entrance, someone in a ‘greeter’ type of role – perfect!  And she was very helpful, took me to the desk to check stock levels and then took me to where it was in store. read more

Some other musings on engagement…….and little niggles

After Christmas I was in store helping remerchandise some stock ready for summer – yes, it will soon be here!  We help in stores as much as we can, but especially at Christmas and into the New Year when there’s a teeny weeny tiny bit of an increase in workload!

While I was there I couldn’t help spotting things that could be improved or changed to make life better for our colleagues and customers –
– a warehouse sticker had stuck onto a product which ripped the label as it came off
– one shelf was smaller than the rest so the plastic strips that hold the product dividers didn’t fit
– the packaging of one self-tan brand was so similar on all it’s products that it was really hard to tell them apart (shimmer self tan, matt self tan, mouse, gel, light, medium, dark…!) read more

Some other musings on engagement……and comms

Following on from Gemma Reucroft’s Musings on Engagement No.2 http://hrgemblog.com/2014/01/14/musings-on-engagement-no-2-connections/comment-page-1/#comment-406

I believe there are a number of layers to engagement –

There’s engagement with the purpose of your organisation because you believe what it’s on this earth to achieve (beyond profit) read more