Dog in an office with a group of employees

Does taking your dog to work really improve engagement?

In 1999, a company called Pet Sitters International held the inaugural Take Your Dog to Work Day, to celebrate dogs as wonderful companions and encourage adoptions. After a slightly chequered past, the event is now held on Friday June 23rd in numerous countries around the world, including Canada, NZ, the UK, and Australia. And while the concept of having our …

woman working on computer with cute cat on her lap, illustrating flexible work conditions

The billion dollar benefit of flexible work

For those of you who haven’t already marked it in your calendar, get out the highlighter! This Friday 2nd June 2017 is Leave the Office Early Day.  The day, originally created in the US by Employee Productivity Specialist, Laura Stack, is designed as an incentive for overworked employees to get a little bit of ‘me’ time back.   As many …

Organisations need to think about their people more positively

  In many organisations, employee development strategies focus on job-centric performance deficits, or development areas. In other words, they identify several areas in which the employee could develop, and encourage employees to correct them.     The traditional approach: focusing on development areas   Let’s take a sporting analogy. Imagine you’re a football coach and you have a star forward …

6 tips on retaining your top performers

  Rounding out the employment journey, following our articles on sourcing and recruitment, we take a look at how to keep your staff after you’ve put in so much effort to acquire them.   As the war for talent intensifies, some organisations are becoming more aggressive in their efforts to woo employees away from your organisation. In order to hang …