Category Archives: Employee Engagement

Employee surveys for employee-owned business

As part of being a sponsor at this year’s EO Boost we created a short introduction video…In the past I have delivered breakout sessions at the EOA conference about running employee surveys. For my first session I shared what’s the difference between an EO company and a non-EO’s employee survey?One of the takeaways was do […]


EO Boost 2020: Learning & Inspiration

Surveylab is excited to be a sponsor of EO Boost, a virtual event on 24-26 November hosted by the Employee Ownership Association.The EOA has curated 18 virtual free-to-attend sessions that offers engaging learning and insightful discussions on succession planning, good employee ownership and good business.In a year where so much has changed because of Covid-19, we will hear […]


Running an Employee survey during a pandemic (or post-pandemic)

In the last 90+something days (are you still counting?) so much has changed…We are unable to work in the ways that we used to, whether that is because of working from home or enforced changes because of social distancing in the workplace. And there may be parts of the Organisation that are not working at […]


Soundbites from the AoC HR Conference

This post was first published in our FE Colleges newsletter Last week, we were at the #AoCHR conference. Even when exhibiting at events, each presentation and breakout session offer opportunities to learn more about our clients, the sector and environment they operate in. It helps us better understand and support our clients and the challenges they […]


Employee Survey Project Overview

Whether it has been some time since you last ran a staff survey, or you are looking to check have you got everything covered, use our employee survey project overview below to review and plan the 8 stages that go into delivering a successful employee survey. Download a PDF version by clicking on the image.


Exploring Employee Ownership at #EOAConference 2016

I have just returned from the best conference I have attended in 2016. I admit to being out of my comfort zone before I headed up to the EOA Annual Conference. Surveylab were exhibiting as well as attending as conference delegates – which I liked a lot because most other exhibitors weren’t there just for sales […]

Chart: Impact on feelings about the workplace whenI feel part of a team

They think it’s all over…

But actually, building a strong team is often just the start Whether we have loved the Euro’s or loathed them, there a lesson I am going to keep from it all. Like so many, I have been inspired by what Wales have achieved – their solid team performance will have a lasting impression on both […]


8 Employee Engagement ideas that really work

Before I joined Surveylab, I was responsible for delivering Service Excellence at Eaga PLC. This is how I first came to know Surveylab (from 2004 they helped me collect, report and understand the feedback from both Eaga’s customers and employees). The surveys were invaluable, helping us to identify and track what was working and where […]

Example of (lack of) employee engagement

Caring about our work: Thoughts inspired by #EngageSummits 2016

We spend so much of our time at work, it is crucial that we enjoy it. Work defines us. We talk about ourselves and other people in terms of “what we do”. For example, when we describe our grandparents, we almost certainly use their profession to describe them. Last week, I attended the Employee Engagement […]

Survey result: The senior managers are good role models for upholding the organisation's values

Having a ‘pop’ at senior management

Just one in four HMRC staff have confidence in senior management! This is today’s news in the FT and the Guardian. Sadly, this isn’t extraordinary. Sure, it’s disappointing and the figures sound very low, but these findings are not polar opposite to other organisations, whether in the public sector or a commercial company. There is […]

Developing and Driving Staff Engagement in Colleges

Staff Engagement in Colleges: the challenge ahead?

Colleges in the Further Education Sector are under increasing pressure every year to continue to deliver excellent education that will help young adults transition from school into work or university – while facing massive changes to the Sector, and all the time with ever-fewer resources. How do you achieve more with less? It starts with […]


How I persuaded my Finance Director to care about Employee Engagement

In 2004 I was Director of Service Excellence at Eaga, and back then my Finance Director (an often intransigent man who believed engagement was the domain of ‘fluffy HR’ and not the accountants), asked me to prove all this engagement stuff – in fact “show me the money!” I took this as both a challenge […]


What is Employee Engagement and how do we measure it?

What does Employee Engagement mean to you? I am willing to bet your answer contains the words commitment and motivated, infers performance and mentions understanding of objectives or the business context. The slide below is from a survey we conducted amongst HR managers and directors in colleges across the UK. It shows a word cloud […]


People come to work wanting to do a good job

When we conducted our very first UK Workplace Study back in 2012, one result that surprised me more than others is that employees want to do a good job. Answers to “I am committed to delivering quality work”UK Workplace Study 2015 Almost 9 in 10 said they are committed to delivering quality work, and some […]