Tag: motivation

  1. Home working and how to keep motivated

    Millions of people across the UK and the rest of the world have swapped their office desk for their kitchen table in order to work from home during the lockdown.

    Even after stay at home restrictions are eased its likely that many people will continue home working in the future. Now that so many people have realised the obvious benefits (including no travelling time and no travel costs for staff and lower overheads for organisations) we predict a much bigger trend for more home-based roles going forward.

    However, despite the obvious financial and logistical advantages there are certain challenges to overcome when homeworking. Some people genuinely miss the regimented schedule and social interaction of going into work every day. It’s important for staff at all levels to keep motivated and stay productive, which can be especially challenging for those sharing their new ‘workplace’ with small children and noisy pets!

    Here are our top tips to help you get the best out of your home working experience (and advice if you are trying to manage a team of staff remotely):

    Set goals
    Struggling to stick to the same hours and level of output now you’re on your own at home? Set yourself (or your team) goals to reach in a certain amount of time. This will give you a purpose and provide you with something tangible to aim for.

    Have a daily schedule
    Sketch out a daily schedule including time slots for working, eating, exercising and relaxing. It’s unrealistic to sit at your laptop from breakfast until dinner; breaking up your day will help to keep you focused and motivated. You will be much more productive and feel engaged if you put energy into working at specific times. It’s essential to take time out for coffee and snack breaks and to enjoy fresh air and physical activity. Exercising is not only essential for your mental wellbeing but will help to fire your brain and give you boosts of energy to improve your motivation and discipline. So, follow an online home workout programme to get moving or simply run up and down the stairs or in the garden to help improve your fitness and your work levels.

    Keep professional
    Resist the temptation to lounge around in your pyjamas all day, looking smart will help you feel ready for work (and won’t leave you in an embarrassing situation if you receive a unexpected video call from your boss). Set out an area of your home where you can work and receive video calls in peace and ask the rest of your household to respect that space.

    Continuous Professional Development
    If you have any down time during your work slots why not look at ways to further your skills, knowledge and development? There are lots of free tutorials and training resources online that will help with your professional development during this period of lockdown. Talk to your employer about options for further development, and if you’re a team leader encourage your staff to discuss their training needs with you to help them achieve their goals.

    Stay in contact
    Keep morale up by staying in contact with colleagues. We’re all in the same boat at the moment and others will be struggling to balance home working and family life as well. Just because you can’t chat with colleagues face to face in the office, it doesn’t mean you have to deal with work related queries or issues on your own. Keeping in contact with others is essential for mental wellbeing so take the time to call or video chat with colleagues on a regular basis.

    For more details about how we help our clients to adapt to ways of working from home, or if you’re looking for a new role please contact us at Ocean Edge by calling 023 8000 1153 or email info@oceanedge.biz

  2. How to win top talent with a workplace they can’t resist

    Three women on laptops in a co-worker workplace When the best job candidates are on the look out for new opportunities there’s a wide variety of things for them to consider before applying to their preferred employers. The company’s ethos, location and salary packages will all be in the mix. But let’s not forget the importance of the workplace too.

    A good workplace can make the difference between top talent thriving within your business or looking elsewhere to develop their career. Invest in your best employees and provide flexible working arrangements and this will make a noticeable difference to staff retention.

    As well as the culture of your business, it’s important to consider the environment. The best companies to work for in the UK don’t just have the right HR processes in place, they also provide spaces that people want to work in.

    Here’s some of the things you can do to turn your workplace in to one your employees can’t wait to get to each day:

    Invest in your IT infrastructure

    Having the right software and hardware to allow your employees to do their job will make your workplace a much more desirable place to be. When IT systems fail or are not flexible enough this can be a major frustration and will slow productivity.

    Provide excellent facilities

    Investing in non-business critical infrastructure like outdoor seating and socialising spaces will improve morale among your staff. You might also find these become informal collaboration spaces where employees who don’t usually work close together can meet to review shared projects.

    Some top UK employers, like Facebook and Salesforce, even offer free food and drink to their staff.

    Think about your environmental impact

    Working in an environmentally conscious organisation is becoming increasingly important to employees. Think about how you can save energy with smart lighting and heating systems that adapt to how the building is being used. This will also save you money.

    Make it fun

    Employees who enjoy the experience of being at work are more likely to be productive and loyal to their business. That’s why big name brands like Google, Apple and BrewDog invest in summer parties, gyms, chill out zones, and office spaces designed with flare.

    If you are looking to recruit within your affordable housing business then we can help. Ocean Edge has 20 years experience helping the affordable housing sector find the top candidates.

    We have teams in Southampton and London who are ready to help you recruit to your organisation. Find out more about our recruitment consultancy services or call 023 8000 1153 or email info@oceanedge.biz.

  3. The benefits of flexible working for employers

    It’s widely recognised that flexible working can benefit everyone, not just employees. So it’s important that organisations not already offering it as standard consider adding policies that offer greater work-life balance into their business model.

    Common types of flexible working involve working from home, working part-time, job sharing, working compressed hours or a combination of these things.

    Here are some of the benefits of flexible working for businesses:

    A boost to employee morale

    Giving your staff flexible hours or the ability to work from home could be a real game changer for them. It will allow them to: better meet the needs of their family; reduce the costs of commuting; and feel more empowered about their professional life.

    All of this will have a positive impact on employee morale, which in turn will mean a boost for productively within your business.

    It reduces employee turnover

    Staff will be more inclined to stay in a job where they have the flexibility to work in a way that suits them. This means you, as the employer, retain top performing employees and spend less effort on training up new recruits.

    It increases diversity

    Flexible working will help you grow a more diverse work force. Employees with family or health conditions that mean a nine to five job is impossible for them to hold down will find they have a place in your business. With them they will bring a mix of skills and experience that will enrich your workplace.

    It enhances your reputation as an employer

    The best job candidates look for employers who can offer them something more than a stable job and a decent wage. They want to know your flexible working policies and whether these can help them balance work with their personal life.

    Promote the fact you allow flexible working and your reputation as a good employer will attract top candidates.

    Save resources

    If you manage it correctly, offering flexible working to your staff will mean long term savings for your business. Employees who work from home for a few days a week could share a desk and the costs of heating, lighting and equipping a large office with IT could be reduced.

    What about the disadvantages?

    Of course, the benefits of flexible working have to be balanced with a few disadvantages:

    • Some employees may not work well without supervision
    • There are jobs that can only be done in your usual place of work
    • There will be some initial cost implications for setting up IT for remote working.

    All of these things will be specific to your individual organisation but are worth bearing in mind when setting up flexible working.

    If you are looking to recruit within your affordable housing business then we can help. Ocean Edge has nearly 20 years experience helping the affordable housing sector find the top candidates.

    We have teams in Southampton and London who are ready to help you recruit to your organisation. Find out more about our recruitment consultancy services or call 023 8000 1153 or email info@oceanedge.biz.

  4. 5 signs you are ready for a career change

    Two way road sign against brick wallThere comes a point in everyone’s career when they may wonder whether it’s time for a change. This isn’t a feeling that develops overnight. It could have been bugging you for several weeks or even months.

    Importantly, it’s not something that you should ignore. This could have a detrimental impact on your career record and might mean missing out on opportunities to progress.

    So, rather than fester, monitor how you are feeling about your work life and take appropriate steps to keep your career on track.

    Here’s a few warning signs that you are ready for a career change:

    You clock watch

    If all the passion you once had for your job seems to have vanished and you can’t wait to clock off each day, then something is up. It’s understandable to look forward to the weekend and a well deserved rest. But when you are counting down the minutes to your lunch break and the end of each and every day, then this job might not be for you.

    You’re not challenged

    Feeling challenged in your job can be a great motivator. However, when you have nothing to strive for this can leave you feeling deflated and damage your productivity. If you thrive under pressure and deadlines, but find your workload has no purpose then it’s time to consider a change of direction.

    You have no work-life balance

    Some jobs require a high level of commitment. But if it is eating into your home and social life then it is not sustainable and could even affect your health. If you have raised this issue with your manager but there’s no solution to be found, then it’s time to move on.

    You’re chasing a non-existent promotion

    If you have climbed as high as you can within your current organisation and there’s either no logical next step or a will to help you progress, then now is the time to start looking for a new role.

    You don’t feel appreciated

    If you are a self-starter who is adding value to your business but feel you are not getting anything in return – whether that’s financially, through training or progression – then a career change could be in order.

    If any of these signs sounds familiar, then you know what to do next.

    Ocean Edge has nearly 20 years’ experience helping candidates find the perfect job. Take a look at our services for candidates or read more of our blog posts for anyone looking to progress their career

    Alternatively, you can speak to our teams in London and Southampton by calling 023 8000 1153 or emailing info@oceanedge.biz.

  5. Employee satisfaction – is it all about the money?

    Clock and piles of coinsWith several high profile salary rows in the media at the moment you might be forgiven for thinking that employee satisfaction centres around the money.

    Rows at the BBC over gender pay imbalance have hit the headlines as female presenters highlight the gap between their salaries and those of their male colleagues in similar roles. However, the issue being raised is less about the size of pay packets and more about equality and fairness in the workplace, which are vital for employee satisfaction.

    At Ocean Edge we talk to many job candidates and employers each week, and know the key to a happy workforce and retaining top employees goes beyond renumeration.

    So how do you show your staff they are valued? Here’s some ways to improve employee satisfaction in your organisation:

    Listen to your team

    Giving your employees opportunities to share their ideas, requests and even displeasure will help to create a culture of trust within your organisation. Talk to staff about what would help them to achieve more as a team. Also make yourself available to discuss individual requests and issues.

    Be flexible about employee benefits

    One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to benefits and happiness in the work place. Depending on where an individual is in their career and personal life they may be more interested in financial benefits, higher pension contributions, more comprehensive health care or flexible working. The only way to be sure is to have the discussion.

    Invest in training

    Create a tailored continual professional development plan for each member of staff within your organisation. Investing in their personal skills will make them better employees and more dedicated to the success of your business.

    Mentor future leaders

    Identify staff with the potential to become the next generation of leaders within your organisation. Set them on the path to promotion with mentoring and project leadership opportunities that will motivate them to succeed. Read more about developing leaders within your business.

    Create a fair salary structure

    If gender pay imbalance is a legacy issue within your organisation then an internal salary review will demonstrate that you value all your staff and put things on an even keel.

    If you are an employer in the affordable housing sector looking to grow your team then Ocean Edge can help. We have offices in Southampton and London offering recruitment consultancy services.

    For more information about how we can support your organisation get in contact: call 023 8000 1153 or email info@oceanedge.biz.