We have noticed a real spike in conversations about change recently. So many of our clients are going through, or are about to embark on, large change projects. Whatever their sector and wherever they are on their journey, they all say the same thing. Change is hard! Over the years we have written lots of articles on how to make hard change easy. This gave me the idea of bringing a selection of these articles together in one place. I hope they bring greater clarity and insights to ease the burden in your own endeavours of leading change in your organisation.
This week Virgin Money have appointed Irene Dorner as their chairwoman who will now join Jayne-Anne Gadhia (CEO) as the only female duo to top one of the FTSE 250 companies. A big step forward in gender equality but according to their 2016 annual report, Virgin Money still has a gender pay gap of 36%. Read on to discover how Virgin Money have set themselves a target of a 50:50 gender balance by 2020 and what they’re doing to achieve it.
In the past few months I have noticed an increase in companies proudly sharing the success of their engagement surveys on social media. The challenge to their pronouncement that they are a great place to work is that we know from personal or professional experience that their people are stressed, disengaged or leaving. What drives this disparity? I believe the answer lies in understanding the distinction between engagement and employee experience.
Over the past 12 months I've been focusing on providing a talent coaching focus to many new and existing clients. What is obvious is the biggest barriers are created by those that would benefit most from a well-executed talent strategy - the line management team. Read my new article to discover three of the most consistent challenges I've found.
When I checked into a hotel recently I noticed three things. First an impressive gallery of Employee of the Month photographs next to the reception desk, proudly displayed for their guests to view. Second, I was being checked-in by August’s Employee of the Month. Third, when I congratulated her and enquired what she had done to win the award, I discovered she had absolutely no idea. “I guess it was my turn for the voucher!” she said with a smile.