How are You Growing Your Career?

Next up in our series of articles exploring the application of strengths, we look at growth and learning: How would you rate the statement: “I have the opportunity to grow and develop in my role”? This leads us to the even more important question of what ‘growth’ and ‘development’ mean to us. Traditionally, and perhaps […]

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Three tips for setting great goals

In the next of our series of articles exploring the application of strengths, we look at goal-setting: It’s that time of year when our thoughts are turning to reflection: Did we hit our KPIs? Did things go as we expected? And did we achieve the things we wanted to, both inside and outside work? Hot […]

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From Strengths to Mastery

In the first of our series of articles exploring the application of strengths, Joshua French (one of the Bailey & French team) shares his experience of building on his strengths to craft a working life he loves: At 24, I felt like I’d failed already. As a teenager I’d become increasingly certain that I wanted […]

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So, we know our strengths – now what?

Around 150 years ago, Sir Francis Galton (among others) developed the field of psychometrics, exploring the characteristics that we possess, and how these might make us more or less successful in our environments. We’ve been enthralled by trying to ‘measure’ ourselves and others ever since – most recently through a wave of online tools designed […]

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Words have Power: Secret tips for CEOs and Senior Leaders

For example, I’ll let you into a secret. People hate being called staff. Some people hate being called employees too, and of course there is no current situation whereby we should still be using the word subordinate. Some companies have moved to using colleague or partner but that’s not that far removed from employee. Why not just use people? In most circumstances, it is possible. Try it.

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Got a wellbeing week coming up? More ideas!

Got a Wellbeing Week coming up? Don’t know where to start or what activities to offer? Want to do something different with a real long-term impact? Wellbeing is front of mind for many organisations, using Wellbeing Weeks/Months as a way to engage people and build awareness. However, coming up with the activities and promotional events […]

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Got a Wellbeing Week coming up?

Wellbeing is front of mind for many organisations, with the design of a wellbeing week, a way to help get people engaged and build awareness. However, coming up the activities and promotional events that are impactful and cost effective can be difficult.

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Need an activity for your wellbeing week?

Wellbeing activities are on the to-do list for many of us, but how do we know where to start? Martin Seligman’s PERMA model provides a simple, research-based framework, which we at Bailey & French have used to create this simple conversation mat. This self-facilitating team tool is designed to focus attention on how we can build psychological wellbeing in our workplaces and what we should prioritise. It’s […]

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Why You Should Recruit for Strengths

Understanding a candidate’s strengths enables us to more accurately predict how they will show up in role, and what will engage and motivate them to reach high performance. It enables us to ensure we have the right candidate for the right role, and equips both the candidate and manager with knowledge that will help them find intrinsic motivation from day one.

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Why would people say they are engaged if their general wellbeing is low?

Employee engagement scores from surveys or otherwise are looking ok to fairly good whilst at the same time there are increasing levels of stress, sickness absence and turnover and it’s puzzling us. It’s because engagement is different to wellbeing and we can’t think we have done enough through simple EE interventions alone.  Yes, there are […]

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CIPD Sussex Branch Conference, 'The Future of Work is Beyond Employee Engagement', Alex Bailey

Alex Bailey, of Bailey & French, talks at the CIPD Sussex Branch Conference, Thursday the 14th September -‘The Future of Work is Beyond Employee Engagement’. Alex introduces the HR Innovation Curve, “designed to show exactly where we need to be focusing our attention if we want to be our best, most innovative selves and build […]

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September Newsletter – What's next? Beyond employee engagement

In a world of work that is increasingly complex, volatile, uncertain and ambiguous, people need to be able to adapt quickly and positively, and be resilient to all types of pressures. To thrive in this world, organisations will need to focus on more than employee engagement… they will need to enable and empower wellbeing. Maintaining […]

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