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How would you like a free session for senior staff or people new to management within your company? Bespoke Training Eastbourne are providing a mornings training and will cover the many aspects of management along with the many issues surrounding these roles for existing and new managers.  It would be an opportunity for businesses in the area to up-skill a member of staff in a management role so that they can improve their effectiveness.

Space is limited and only one person per company is allowed to register.

The training will take place at the Sussex Exchange www.sussexexchange.co.uk on 24th September 2014 between 0930 and 1230. To register for a place click here.

Here is the general flyer for the event:

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Ever heard of  TED Talks? Well if you haven’t they full of great speakers from all sections of business and society who are there to share ideas and inspire delegates to the event. Normally you would have had to travel quite far to go to one, however there is some good news as TEDxBrighton 2014 will be taking place on Friday the 31st of October 2014 at the Dome Concert Hall. tedxbrighton logo

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics.

Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and many more.

Now you don’t have to travel far to go to these hugely popular events as TEDxBrighton is happening soon.

The title of  this year’s TEDxBrighton is ‘Many Hands’, the theme being exploring ideas around connectivity, convergence and community.

The one day event will be looking at the prevalence of technology in the networked age, how our social networks can leave us feeling more isolated than ever and how, in our world surrounded by screens, we are driven to desire the physical and also explore how intimacy looks in the modern age along with ideas of connectivity across distance, flash mobs, subcultures, the maker movement and how skills once commonplace within our locale, have become rarities akin to art.

TEDxBrighton will present those innovative individuals whose work engages with that sweet spot between audience and performer, those who’ve brought ideas, theories and people together in unexpected places and those who are changing the face of technology to be more physical than ever.

There will also be the ‘ideas lab’ which will running in the Dome foyer throughout the day and aims to be a soap box for the very best ground breaking inventions, designs and new technologies from the South East and beyond.

All in all it should be a great day for those that are looking for inspiration and ideas both for life and business.

You can find out more via the link here.

When morale is low, productivity levels can drop dramatically. It’s always best to act quickly rather than leaving things and hoping for the best, and one of the best ways of getting to the root of the problem if your company is underperforming is to conduct an employee feedback survey.

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Having an Employee Feedback Survey can help staff be more involved and can raise morale.

An employee survey can give you an exceptional insight into how your staff feel about working for your company on the frontline and how changes could be made to improve performance, morale and efficiency. It’s always best to encourage staff to be as honest as possible when conducting a survey even if you don’t like the sound of the answers, as these responses could be the very thing that helps you to turn your fortunes around.

Improving Morale

Staff tend to be far more co-operative and productive when they are happy. Just conducting a survey shows your staff that they are interested in their opinions, and they are likely to feel even better if they feel that they have a say on how the company is run. By conducting a survey, you can identify any changes that might need to be made whilst noting areas of growth that you may not have previously paid attention to. An employee engagement survey can help you to find out more about what your staff are capable of. Perhaps some team members feel that they have useful skills that aren’t being utilised? Maybe they feel that they aren’t being given a chance to work with new team members? Whatever the case, an engagement survey can help.

Why Do They Feel This Way?

Work needs to be enjoyable if it is to be anything more than a simple means to an end. Once one team member is clearly unhappy, the feeling of despondency can quickly start to infiltrate the entire workplace. This means that negativity needs to be addressed as soon as it is identified. Where several team members cite unhappiness with a certain aspect of the workplace, it becomes easy to identify which changes are the most important. It’s not enough to simply find out whether your staff are unhappy or not – you should ask them why they feel the way that they do and what can be done to change this.

Asking for Help

Many companies produce their own surveys in-house, but some choose to work with specialist external organisations like Employee Feedback who have years of experience in surveying. If you have never produced a survey before, it could be wise to get outside help to ensure that it is useful and has integrity. Whether staff feel that they aren’t listened to, certain procedures could be improved or that they aren’t being given a chance to develop their skills, a staff survey can help you find out how your employees really feel. Some people are more likely be honest on paper than on a face-to-face basis, so if you’re looking for truthful employee feedback, an engagement survey may be ideal.