Resources

June 2024

Workforce Wellbeing

Workforce Wellbeing

GROUP DISCUSSION IDEAS:

  • Quiet Spaces: Designated areas for relaxation.
  • Flexible Working: Supporting work-life balance with flexible hours.
  • Staff Newsletter: Celebrating achievements and sharing updates.
  • Activity Groups: Organising walks and other group activities.
  • Awareness Days: Promoting health and wellbeing awareness days.
  • Wellbeing Apps: Recommending apps for mental and physical health.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Providing resources for emotional development.
  • Monthly Themes: Focusing on different wellbeing topics each month.
  • Age-Specific Activities: Offering activities for different age groups.
  • Men’s Health: Developing programmes for men’s health.
  • Health Communications: Enhancing communication on health resources.
  • Feedback System: Implementing “A Bug’s Life” strategy for staff suggestions.
  • Wellbeing Pillars: Focusing on social, mental, occupational, and financial health.
  • Wellbeing Check-Ins: Regularly monitoring and supporting staff wellbeing.

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June 2024

Improving your journey to retirement

Improving your journey to retirement

 

 

June 2024

Optimism & Resilience: Leading through times of uncertainty and change

Optimism & Resilience: Leading through times of uncertainty and change

Did you miss Anurag Rai’s inspiring session on resilience and leadership? Want to learn more? Check out the free slides resource he shared at the event!

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May 2024

Electrical Abundance: Preparing for the next stage of the Energy Transition

Electrical Abundance: Preparing for the next stage of the Energy Transition

How can your business maximise the returns on clean energy investments?
Check out the slides and watch the video to learn how to move your business beyond net zero to true zero.

May 2024

Simple Ways to Increase Staff Engagement

Simple Ways to Increase Staff Engagement

At Peer Works we talk about a people-approach, and how good people practices are crucial to the success of a business.

Engaged employees are more likely to go above and beyond in their roles, leading to improved performance and higher productivity. Furthermore, when employees feel valued and supported, they are less likely to leave, reducing turnover costs and retaining knowledge.

Now let’s look what you should consider in a  people-focused  organisation:

Effective Communication

There is nothing more important than a clear, transparent, and open communication if your goal is an engaged workforce. Ensure that communication channels are effective and accessible, and encourage a culture of feedback where employees feel heard – the fair works’ effective voice dimension.

Staff Wellbeing and Engagement Checks

You might already be doing this, but I can’t stress enough on the importance of regular check-ins focused on wellbeing and engagement. These checks should go beyond traditional performance reviews to include discussions about workload, mental health, and overall job satisfaction. Implementing tools like employee surveys or one-on-one meetings can help identify areas where support is needed and highlight opportunities for improvement. A proactive approach to wellbeing ensures that issues are addressed before they impact productivity.

Job Crafting

Empowering employees to tailor their roles can significantly enhance job satisfaction. Job crafting allows employees to align their strengths and interests with their responsibilities, leading to a more engaged and motivated workforce. Consider encouraging your team to identify aspects of their jobs they find most fulfilling and to look for ways to integrate more of these elements into their daily tasks. This not only boosts engagement but also leverages the unique skills of each employee. To learn more click HERE for an introduction to job crafting by the PrOPEL Hub.

Business Culture

I love this quote from Cassandra Stavrou MBE, Founder at Proper “culture is the new business currency”. In fact, cultivating a positive business culture that aligns with your company’s values is crucial for engagement. This includes recognising and rewarding achievements, fostering teamwork, and promoting a healthy work-life balance. A strong, positive culture attracts and retains talent, drives engagement, and ultimately, enhances productivity.

Inclusive Workplace

An inclusive workplace where everyone feels respected and valued is essential for engagement. Diversity and inclusion drive creativity and innovation, as a variety of perspectives contribute to better problem-solving and decision-making. Promote a culture where all employees, regardless of background, feel they belong. This can be achieved through inclusive policies, training programs, and creating spaces for open dialogue.

Personal Development

For some employees the opportunity professional growth it’s crucial. If you think, investing in the personal development of your employees is a direct investment in your business’s success. Promote opportunities for learning and growth, such as training programs, workshops, and mentorship schemes. When employees see that their company is invested in their professional growth, they are more likely to remain engaged and motivated.

May 2024

Purpose in business: empowering employees and enhancing productivity

Purpose in business: empowering employees and enhancing productivity

Peer Works and Prosper are working with The University of Glasgow Digital Society and Economy IRT and The Productivity Institute Scottish Forum to build on the work of the Business Purpose Commission and explore the link between business purpose and productivity.

The research project will explore what purpose means for a range of employees, what would empower them to drive purpose and what skills they need. It will also identify what businesses need to do to support them, including changes in work organisation, job redesign, people management, worker voice practices within fair work principles.

The project will develop a framework for purpose and productivity. It will interview 70 employee and 22 business managers from small, medium and large businesses with various ownership models in a range of sectors. It will then undertake secondary analysis of 14 businesses who have adopted business purpose. This evidence-base will provide knowledge about empowering workers to drive purpose and provide recommendations for business and Scottish and UK Governments.

If you are interested in the learnings and findings from the research, email hello@peerworks.scot or visit https://www.productivity.ac.uk/research/projects/purpose-in-business-empowering-employees-and-enhancing-productivity/

April 2024

Improving Productivity – Be Careful What You Wish For

April 2024

Six actions to start the new season with a productive spring in your step

Six actions to start the new season with a productive spring in your step

As we start a new financial year, it’s a good time to tidy up our organisations, figuring out what we can let go of and what we can improve to make things run smoother and be more productive.

Let me share six actions you can take to start the season with a productive spring in your step:

  • Map your processes –  in business language also called ‘process mapping’ or lean management (largely used in manufacturing but applicable to all industries/businesses) a method that provide you with a better understanding of processes and help organisations to identify areas for improvements. It helps you to visually depict the flow of work, people tasks and the waste (processes) that can be removed for a more productive and streamlined system. To learn more about this methodology look for Six Sigma or contact SMAS at Scottish Enterprise.
  • Be Energy efficient –  sustainability is not only the right thing to do but it can bring financial benefits to your business. Consider switching to LED lighting, buying smart plugs or adding solar panels to your roof. Have a look at Business Energy Scotland or Zero Waste Scotland for support and to check whether you are eligible for loan schemes or grants.
  • Introduce AI powered tools/solutions –  whether they are automations or AI powered solutions these technologies can help you do more in less time. Have you ever considered using software or programmes together to replace manual tasks? For instance, does your accounting software talk to your CRM? Do you use Chat GPT to come up with ideas for social media? Do you use read aloud or dictate in Microsoft Outlook to send emails whilst doing a walk? Do you have an AI assistant? Honestly, there is an AI world to discover! Check Google Chrome store for extensions suitable for your needs.
  • Look after your staff – businesses are made of people so if they are not productive it’s very unlikely that the business is. I suggest focusing on  engagement and health. What do your staff think about your people strategy? Do they innovate or create? If you are not sure, use the Fair Work tool and start tracking the improvement to make your staff more engaged. Is your staff healthy? Do they sleep enough? Do they exercise? Do they eat nutritious food? Employers are more and more interested in supporting employees’ health (physical and mental), nowadays there are various apps that can help you with the job. Check out apps like IncentFit, OK Positive, Clear Review and PeachyMondays amongst others.
  • Be smart at time management –  how many times do you wonder why days are not made of 50 hrs? I feel the pain! I don’t have a magic wand, but I have some tricks to help you better manage your time. Write to-do-list, always start your day with the heavier task first, block your calendar for focus time, recognise your less favourite tasks and delegate them to colleagues, say no when you don’t have capacity.
  • Be a clear communicator – communication is a very important element of a productive business. Clearly state staff/colleagues’ tasks, responsibilities and deadlines, be transparent in sharing opportunities and challenges of the business, listen actively and carefully and encourage your people to have a voice. This should give great results.

The above tips might sound daunting at first but believe me the juice is worth the squeeze.

March 2024

Gender Pay Gap and Workplace Productivity Recording

Gender Pay Gap and Workplace Productivity Recording

Building Beyond Boundaries: Empowering Female Leadership in Construction Recording

Building Beyond Boundaries: Empowering Female Leadership in Construction Recording

Video recording

Building a Fair Workplace Recording

March 2024

How to Build a Fair Workplace – Samantha Gaughan

March 2024

Nicola Murray – Women in Male Dominated Sectors Slides

March 2024

Community Wealth Building: procurement made easy

Community Wealth Building: procurement made easy

March 2024

Embracing Fair Work: why it matters

March 2024

OutBritain – Equality and Diversity in Procurement

February 2024

Fair Work HIE

February 2024

Takeaways H&I Tourism Event

Highland Coast Hotel

Tuckman’s Team Evolution Workshop

Sonas ability to leave

Uile Bheist Staff Attraction & Retention