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    Jem's Top Tips for Achieving Employee Empowerment

    The evening of Wednesday 17th October saw another successful HRClub meet-up, hosted by Talentful. The dreary weather certainly didn’t affect the spirits of the attendees who enjoyed the welcoming wine, pizza and celebrations whilst exchanging stories and business cards!

    Jem's Top Tips for Achieving Employee Empowerment

    Shortly, we were to hear from Hannah Keal; People and Culture Partner at Unleashed.Company and all round HR Goddess! As well as Tej Singh; Talent Acquisition Lead at Babylon Health and Host of Tej Talks; check out his website https://tejtalks.ca/ and invest 5-10 minutes into yourself (I promise future you will be grateful)!

    The evening kicked off with an agreement that, in an ideal world, boss-pleasing and employee empowerment should be one and the same. However sadly, the ideal is rarely the reality! What followed was an insightful discussion that explored the hurdles faced when trying to promote a culture of empowerment, the biggest being that of trust.

    Employees, it seems, can be shown trust through allowing benefits such as a work from home policy, or be felt through having your voice heard (or both!). Seems simple enough...

    However, what about the perspective of a business owner? Can they really be blamed if the 2 hours they have spent with a candidate before offering a position falls woefully short of engendering confidence, no matter how skilful or charming the candidate may be? And, with all business owners and managers having experience of employees who have been unreliable and untrustworthy, should employees really expect trust if it has not yet been earned? This is particularly difficult when money is involved.

    And what about that all important compensation? It is worth noting that the experience within the room was heavily weighted on Start-up’s rather than big corporations. With (typically) less resources, less structure and less manpower available the perceived necessity for putting in uncompensated overtime is often trumped by opportunities to have impact. The potential that start-ups possess for empowerment and, indeed, for disheartenment was discussed; suggestions were raised that despite their foundations being in recent years, the heavily hierarchical structure and misplaced ideas that those working at the bottom should be happy to do so for little monetary reward, was actually a step back into the past. Perhaps so. But I think this has more to do with feeling valued by a company and for me, money alone would not be convincing. Trust, transparency and opportunity would and, fortunately this is something both big companies and small start-ups can achieve.

    So, how can we go from a culture of boss-pleasing to employee empowerment? It seems it works both ways:

    As employees, we can:

    1. Find a company that aligns with your values. If your company currently doesn’t, and there seems to be no wiggle room, consider a move!
    2. Build rapport with those senior to you; give them a reason to trust you.
    3. Approach your managers/ stakeholders with solutions, not problems.
    4. Have courage to establish your boundaries and speak up. Remember; you can never change someone else’s behaviour, but you can change your own.

    And managers: Take the time to really hear your employees; welcome criticism and embrace change.  Trust that they want to do a good job, and, most of the time, they will.

    What do you think? Did we come up with a good list?

    If yes, come along to our next event so you can benefit first hand from the amazing advice given!

    If not, come along to our next event to help guide our discussions!

    Jem Pauley

  • Article

    Why is it so hot?

    What is happening to the weather? Why is it so hot? Keep reading to find out #summer2018

    Why is it so hot?

    We’re coming to the end our second month of extreme heat, and every time the weather forecast teases us with the prospect of rain it just doesn’t seem like it will happen. Right now you’re probably sitting there melting into whatever surface you’re sitting on, and just thinking about that tube journey (don’t even mention the circle line) you have to take later. Odds are you’re already pulling your hair out.

    It’s so hot that even The Met Office has issued a health warning urging people to stay out of the sun and a hosepipe ban has been brought into force. Deadly wildfires are raging and a record of 41C had been recorded in Japan.

    As Brits, we’re notorious for always complaining about the weather. But what’s new is that we’re now talking about it being TOO HOT. The usual joke among the acerbic Brits after any kind of nice weather is "well, that's summer finished then." But with no sign of this heat decreasing whatsoever, we thought we’d look into exactly what is causing this extremely hot weather.

    You might be thinking that this is the hottest summer ever, but actually, if we go aaall the way back to 1976, temperatures were hitting an average of 21 degrees during June, July, and August. This summer the average daily temperature has been 20.9 degrees - only .1 degrees less and we still have a month to go. Phew, off to Argos and buy another fan!

    But is it the global warming causing this “I-cannot-sleep-it’s-too-hot-weather”? According to The Independent, hot weather and heat waves are completely normal. However, Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge added:

    “What we can say is that with a background of climate change, we know that the planet has warmed by around 1°C since pre-industrial times, and we know that if you add that heat to the system it is very likely heatwaves will be more extreme.”

    So yes, global temperatures are increasing due to climate change. Bummer! While we, of course, do our bit to make the Earth a bit happier (turn off the light switches etc.) why not come and join our ever growing team and enjoy the sun while working from our lovely rooftop.

    See open positions here: http://bit.ly/workattalentful