Other Awards…


Other Awards

One of the great things about our conference is the chance to recognise organisations for the good work they do in relation to Suggestion Schemes and Benchmarking. Alongside our Idea of the Year award, we present Accreditation Awards and new for 2012 Benchmarking Awards. Continue reading

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Experiences of our conference…Paul Sloane


Paul Sloane

Paul Sloane, one of the keynote speakers at our conference has written a blog post of his time at our conference.

It is a very good piece that captures exactly the essence of our event, take a look and see what you think.

The blog and the rest of the resources on Paul’s website can be found here.  

 

 

UAE and Suggestion Schemes…


I have just spent the past week in the United Arab Emirates visiting companies and auditing their suggestion schemes for accreditation 2012.

As most of you know, the UAE has developed hugely over the past 15 years and Dubai is hardly recognisable from the town it was in the late 90’s. Something that may surprise you though is how employee engagement is taking hold within Governmental Departments in the area.

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Introducing…Conference 2012


One of the highlights of the calendar at ideasUK is our annual conference and awards dinner. This year the event takes place in Bristol on the 7th and 8th November and we can honestly say that although this is our 26th conference this year the line up is the best we have ever had. Continue reading

A great infographic


I had this really great info graphic sent through to me this week and thought I would share it with you all,

Employee Engagement Infographic by NBRI

So what do you think of the points raised?

To those who are involved in employee engagement, it just re-enforces the message that we try to get out every day.

Once again big thanks to Andrey Zavyalov at WrightIMC for sharing the infographic with us.

Key Drivers of Successful Implementation of an Employee Suggestion-Driven Improvement Program


I was sent a link to a great peace of work by Harvard University by a friend of ideasUK, Paul Sloane (Destination Innovation) and thought I would share, it is a very interesting piece of work that would be a great starting point to anyone setting up an ideas programme.

Here is an abstract from the paper:

Service organizations frequently implement improvement programs to increase quality. These programs often rely on employees’ suggestions about improvement opportunities. Organizations face a trade-off with such suggestion-driven improvement programs. On one hand, the improvement literature recommends that managers focus organizational resources on surfacing a large number of problems, prioritizing these, and selecting a small set of high priority ones for solution efforts.

The theory is that soliciting a large number of ideas from employees will surface a set of higher priority problems than would have been identified with a less extensive search. Scarce organizational resources can be allocated to resolving the set of problems that provide the greatest improvement in performance. We call this an “analysis-oriented” approach. On the other hand, managers can allocate improvement resources to addressing problems raised by frontline staff, regardless of priority ranking. This “action-oriented” approach enables more resources to be spent on resolving problems because prioritization receives less attention. To our knowledge, this tradeoff between analysis and action in process improvement programs has not been empirically examined.

To fill this gap, we randomly selected 20 hospitals to implement an 18-month long employee suggestion-driven improvement program-58 work areas participated. Our study finds that an action-oriented approach was associated with higher perceived improvement in performance, while an analysis-oriented approach was not.

Our study suggests that the analysis-oriented approach negatively impacted employees’ perceptions of improvement because it solicited, but did not act on, employees’ ideas. We discuss the conditions under which this might be the case.

To download the full paper, follow this link

Full credit for this research goes to Anita L. Tucker and Sara J. Singer and taken from HBS Working Knowledge website.

Of course, ideasUK can help in your quest in launching the ideal engagement programme for your organisation. Contact us today for more information.

I Pledge…


Yesterday we held an Engagement Event in conjunction with the Wales Audit Office in Cardiff. The event was well supported with over 40 delegates attending the day. There were workshops hosted by HSBC, Ricoh and the Ministry of Defence.

Employee Engagement Welcome Address Continue reading

Free Engagement Event – 5th July 2012


We still have some places left for the FREE Engagement Event in Cardiff on 5th July 2012.

We already have over 50 people booked for this event and it will be a great opportunity for you to network with other engagement professionals and share best practice. Continue reading

Idea of the Year Shortlist 2012


Well it has been a pretty busy time here at ideasUK over the past few weeks. The closing date for entries to the 2012 Idea of the Year Competition came and it was time to shortlist the entries.

Idea of the Year Winners 2010

This year we had over 90 ideas from all over the world including countries such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and of course the United Kingdom. Continue reading

Free Engagement Event…..


Thursday 5th July, Cardiff.

Just a reminder about our next FREE event in Cardiff on the 5th July.

Two half day sessions 9.30 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 4.30

Session format:

• Introduction and objectives of the session
• Overview of employee engagement, staff involvement and suggestion schemes

1 hour workshop:

• Overview of employee engagement, staff involvement and suggestion schemes from internationally successful organisations – HSBC • RICOH • MoD (GEMs Scheme) and  Improlity software.

The workshops will be covering specific topics:

• The role of leaders in supporting engagement
• Practical Engagement tools / approaches
• Better productivity and performance through engagement
• How to engage staff through electronic media

Networking Break

1 hour workshop:

• Repeat of the workshops run earlier so that delegates are able to gain experiences
from a number of different sectors.

Call to action:

• What can you take away and use from today?
• A key feature of the event will be to take away practical actions which can be implemented and to generate information that can be shared with others.

Close of session

The session will be repeated in the afternoon. There are a limited number of full day places available for delegates travelling significant distances, or those wishing to gain experiences from all of the organisations participating.

The event is being hosted by the Wales Audit Office at 24 Cathedral Road, Cardiff.

For further information and booking please check:

The IdeasUK website & blog – www.blog.ideasuk.com

Email Anthony Denatale at – anthony@ideasuk.com

Twitter – follow ideasUK @ideasworldwide

THIS EVENT IS TOO GOOD TO MISS – SO BOOK YOUR PLACE TODAY, SPACES ARE LIMITED AND WE  HAVE OVER 3O DELEGATES BOOKED ALREADY!