The Power of Silence

The Power of Silence

We fell silent at the weekend. Just momentarily, just brief pauses of remembrance. And yet, in those few minutes, I was struck by how much we said, how much we shared. I could feel it profoundly within my own home and I could see it clearly within the expressions of...
Valuing Kindness

Valuing Kindness

When I was setting up The Engaging People Company, it was really important to me that ‘kindness’ became one of the core values. I wanted ‘being kind’ to underpin all that I did through my work, and in how I worked.   Because for me, kindness is absolutely integral to...
Mental Health for Managers: One Day Workshop

Mental Health for Managers: One Day Workshop

Managers have a vital role in supporting mental wellbeing in the workplace.  Because, even though work might not cause an employee’s mental health problems, the company, the manager and the team will all be impacted significantly by an employee who is struggling with...
Building Workplaces Based on Trust

Building Workplaces Based on Trust

Recently I was at a conference where the speaker talked about the importance of ‘trust’ in employee engagement. His message was that managers who trust their employees benefit from better relationships.   This is undoubtedly true. It has been my experience that when...
The Power of Being Yourself at Work

The Power of Being Yourself at Work

There used to be two versions of me. A work version and a non-work version. The work version was very task focused, giving away little of myself. The non-work version was….well, me.   Earlier in my career, I believed that it was necessary to adopt a professional...
Invisible Barriers to Engagement

Invisible Barriers to Engagement

Many employers today are genuinely committed to delivering proactive engagement, recognising the positive impact this approach can bring to employee satisfaction, motivation and productivity. But as part of this strategic approach, employers should consider: what are...
Overcoming Limiting Thinking

Overcoming Limiting Thinking

I was scared of flying. Not metaphorically, literally. ‘It’s not a problem, really.’ At least not until I got to the departure lounge and my palms grew sweaty and my heart pounded fearfully as the panic set in.   I flew once with my daughter before realising I...
Prioritising Personal Purpose

Prioritising Personal Purpose

A few years ago, I heard a speaker at a conference talk about ‘finding out what your people’s purpose is.’ It was a comment which has stayed with me ever since because I believe that if we truly understand our people, really know what drives them, what matters to...
Pursuing Positive Employee Relations

Pursuing Positive Employee Relations

This week, the Supreme Court ruled that employment tribunal fees are unlawful. Government figures showed that 79% less cases were brought over a period of three years and the expectation is that the number of claims could rise significantly with the abolition of fees....