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April 16, 2018

About a month ago, I started working with a new client, helping them to create an employee engagement forum. They had put together a group of representatives and I went in to speak with them.

When I walked into the room, I could feel the tension, a tight feeling as if e...

February 7, 2018

There are two opposing forces in the workplace when it comes to difficult conversations. The first is a version of our individual will to survive, to do well, to get what we need. And the second is what we've all been socialised to do: get along, don't make waves, don'...

December 13, 2016

Does Employee Engagement Work?!

Employee engagement has hovered at around 33% for many years now. So many people are working at it, so much of our budgets are dedicated to it. We try all the latest trends and technology – employee surveys, apps, and so on. Nothing works...

October 11, 2016

It's My Way or the Highway

A couple of years ago, I was training a group of employees who were about to go through a restructure. One of them banged his fist on the table, saying, "I'll only leave on my own terms!"

If only life were so simple.

But as in life outside the w...

December 8, 2015

Men make their own history, but not under circumstances of their own choosing.

Change, by its very nature, is hard for most people. So how do you talk to senior managers about changes that might be affecting you adversely, whether it's redundancy or a shift change?

First...

September 15, 2015

It's Not Fair

Recently, the guttering on the flat above ours has become obstructed. My husband contacted our upstairs neighbour to let him know that something needed to be done, as when the rain comes down, it's now ending up in our flat. The neighbour basically wants u...

August 11, 2015

Overcoming Resistance to Best Practice

Often, when I enter a room of employee forum representatives who I'm going to be training on Best Practice in organisational change, I'll get a bit of resistance from a small number of people.

"The people I represent only care about...

July 14, 2015

I remember the first job that really engaged me.

My mother was a bookkeeper, and she often worked from home. She would clear the dining room table, and spread out her things: books, pens and so on. If I came into the dining room, looking listless, she would say, "would...

May 12, 2015

“You’re a – what?!” - The response I often get when I tell people that I’m an anthropologist is: “do you dig up dinosaurs?” Yet, there are many corporate anthropologists out there and we have a lot to offer the business world. So, I thought I’d explain a bit about what...

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