Blog

Have a scroll through blogs from our experts and discover some fresh thinking to help you improve the world of work. You’ll also find a sprinkle of Trickle in the news. Enjoy!

14th October 2021

What to Do When Employees Check Out

Are your employees missing deadlines? Are they suddenly doing the bare minimum when they used to go above and beyond? Are they withdrawing from social activities? These are all symptoms of a checked-out employee, but thankfully there’s a cure. Dips in employee engagement happen in most companies from time to time, but it can be […]

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12th October 2021

Employer Benefits of Employee Happiness

64% of workers are satisfied with their job. This is a fairly high number, but we’re doing our bit to increase it as we want it to be even closer to 100%. Job satisfaction is just as important for employers as it is for employees. Employers benefit greatly from having happy employees. This is a […]

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7th October 2021

Which Benefits Do Your Employees Want?

The days are long gone when a salary was the main reason an employee will start a new job or stay in their existing one. 75% of employees are more likely to stay with their employer because of their benefits program. 80% of employees would choose additional benefits over a pay raise and 69% of […]

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5th October 2021

Are Employee Engagement Surveys Really Anonymous?

Negative anonymous feedback, when regularly collected and acted upon effectively, can have a positive impact on a business. It enables companies to spot small problems before they become big issues, saving time, money as well as avoiding potential disruption in the future. Regular anonymous employee engagement surveys are a great way of doing this. With […]

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5th October 2021

How Home Life Affects Work Life

Not even the most staunch of workaholics spend all of their time at work. We do stress the importance of having a healthy work/life balance here at Trickle. The time spent away from the office helps employees to be more productive inside the office. A more effective and often rare way to look at work/life […]

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4th October 2021

How Unlimited Annual Leave Has Unlimited Benefits

The average UK employee only takes 62% of their annual leave allowance. However, 79% of British employees experience work-related stress. Why is this the case? Are we a nation of workaholics? If so, how could this be solved? Possibly, by offering unlimited annual leave. On the surface, it sounds like madness, giving employees no limit […]

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4th October 2021

The Business Case For Flexible Working

Flexible working is an important topic that continues to fuel conversations for employers and employees alike and it’s one that’s here to stay! 9 in 10 employees consider flexible working to be a key motivator to their productivity at work (89% – even more than financial incentives (77%). There has been a lot said of […]

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16th September 2021

Return to Work: Out with the Old in with the New

Many organisations are becoming confused with the difference between employee engagement and employee experience. This can be a costly mistake, resulting in unhappy employees, who are less productive and less likely to become an advocate for their employer. As the world gradually returns to work in an office environment, albeit with some differences, focusing on […]

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15th September 2021

Why Your Best Employees Leave and How to Stop it

Some of the most common reasons why employees leave their jobs include employees feeling underappreciated, bad management, and an inadequate salary. Replacing them isn’t easy, and recruitment is expensive. The average cost of recruiting a new employee is £3,000. The cost of an employee leaving and replacing them with a new person is approximately £30,000. […]

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14th September 2021

Tips for Maintaining Culture Through Change

A company’s culture is vital to its success, provided it is a healthy culture that fosters inclusiveness, productivity and empathy, among other things. 93% of CEOs say that it’s important that their organisation has a strong corporate purpose that’s reflected in its values, behaviours and culture. New employees need to feel as though they’re joining […]

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6th September 2021

The Value of Workplace Insights

A Gartner survey revealed that only 13% of employees are satisfied with their experience at work. This indicates that a large number of employers are either completely unaware of their employee experiences, or they are and aren’t doing enough to change it. I’m unsure which is worse. Either way, it shows that there needs to […]

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30th August 2021

Post-pandemic Talent Exodus: How to Retain Your Top Talent

According to Personio, 38% of UK office workers have said that they would like to change their jobs in 2021. According to the Korn Ferry Talent Crunch by 2030 there will be a large-scale talent shortage in the finance and business services; technology, media and telecommunications (TMT); and manufacturing industries worldwide. India is the only […]

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24th August 2021

The Link Between Employee Recognition and Retention

According to HR Technologist, 63% of employees who are recognised are very unlikely to look for a new job. Additionally, lack of recognition and engagement is driving 44% of employees to switch jobs. In the workplace, appreciation matters a lot. High staff turnover rates cause headaches for HR staff; no one wants a revolving door […]

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17th August 2021

Tech Tactics: Employee Retention Strategies

According to the job board platform Monster, the average employee turnover rate in the UK is 15%. However, this number can vary between different industries. Below are the 2019 average turnover rates in the UK by occupational group according to XpertHR. Occupational Group Average Turnover (%) Distribution 10.1 Engineers 8.8 Retail 8.3 Financial Staff 13.7 […]

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19th July 2021

The Power of Small Wins on Workplace Culture

Thinking small can have a big impact on workplace culture. No matter how large the end goal is, it often started out as a small idea and grew over time with input from employees. An interesting example of how small wins can affect a company is Tesco. Back in 1993, the ad agency Lowe Howard-Spink […]

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15th July 2021

How to Leverage Employee Voice

A study by Salesforce revealed that employees who felt like their voices were being heard were 4.6 times more likely to do their best work. This research summarises exactly why employee voice is so important — both for the business and the employees’ wellbeing. Although seemingly minor in the grand scheme of a company’s inner […]

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15th July 2021

What’s the Link Between Empathy and Productivity?

Promoting a work culture centred on empathy is one way to ensure actively-engaged employees and increase overall productivity. This is reflected in the 2016 Empathy Index, which showed that the top ten most empathic companies outperformed the bottom ten by at least 50% in productivity, earnings and growth. Empathic leaders also pave the way for […]

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13th July 2021

Employee Trust is Key to Adaptability and Here’s Why

“The glue that holds all relationships together, including the relationship between the leader and the led is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” – Brian Tracy, author of How the Best Leaders Lead. Trust is everything. Not much would happen without it. Would you get on a train if you didn’t trust that you’d […]

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3rd June 2021

Interview: Sophie Wade On Why We Need More Empathy In The Workplace

Sophie Wade, Founder and CEO of Flexcel Network Sophie is a speaker, author and authority on Future-of-Work issues. She has held senior management, strategy and finance roles around the world and worked for companies such as IMG and Yahoo. Sophie recently sat down with Trickle to discuss the need for more empathy in the workplace. […]

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1st June 2021

Returning to Work: Tips for Re-engaging Furloughed Employees

As the UK continues to open up and more businesses start to fully reopen, people across the country have started to return to work or have at least started the process of transitioning back to the office.  While many workers are coming back from remote working, others will be returning from being furloughed, as part […]

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13th May 2021

How Empathy Shapes the Future of Work

Empathy matters—appreciating others’ perspectives, tapping into their emotions, and acting  based on that understanding matters. Empathy has long mattered in our personal lives, but got short shrift in our transactional, professional encounters.  Empathy mattered as advanced, interconnected technologies increased the pace of change and complexity in business and we had to draw on interpersonal skills […]

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13th May 2021

How to Build a Workplace Culture that Drives Employee-Led Innovation

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished” – Benjamin Franklin. With lockdown 3.0 easing and businesses across the country starting to reopen, now more than ever, it’s important that organisations recognise and appreciate the importance of fostering employee-led innovation.  In this uncertain transitional period, as business leaders turn their thoughts to recovery and the post-pandemic era, […]

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11th May 2021

How to Support and Improve Employee Mental Health

Mental health plays a key role in people’s physical health, wellbeing and performance, both at home and at work. Over the past year, the issue of employee mental health has come under the spotlight, as people’s resilience, energy and motivation have been put under enormous strain by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Since the first lockdown […]

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6th May 2021

Navigating and Supporting Back to Work Emotions

After months in lockdown 3.0, as it has been dubbed, on April 12th the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled his much anticipated roadmap out of lockdown e.g. the reopening of non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality venues.  If things go smoothly and without a major spike in infections, this could be a signal that the […]

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20th April 2021

How Great Employee Wellbeing Can Save Your Business Money

What is employee wellbeing? Wellbeing is defined as a state of being comfortable, healthy or happy; and although these are important aspects, wellbeing encompasses a much larger and richer picture of how people are doing overall, both physically and mentally, and how they evaluate their lives as a whole. Wellbeing is dependent upon the having […]

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12th April 2021

Why Workplace Kindness is Good for Business

To say emotions have been running high over the past year is an understatement. Described as the “challenge of a generation” the Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of our lives both personal and professional.  Since the first lockdown over a year ago, the majority of us have experienced some degree of heightened stress […]

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6th April 2021

4 Powerful Tips to Drive Sustainable Employee Engagement

What is employee engagement? Employee engagement is defined as a person’s willingness to ‘go the extra mile’ in their work and the extent of their emotional commitment to the organisation they work for. To put it simply, engaged employees are the ones who care about their work and genuinely want the organisation to succeed. Rather […]

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17th March 2021

Why Psychological Safety Should Be Part of Every Work Culture

What is psychological safety and why is it important? Harvard Business School professor Dr Amy Edmonson describes psychological safety as “a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns or mistakes”. In other words, a psychologically safe environment is a place where individuals feel empowered to share […]

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16th March 2021

An Evidence-Based Approach to Supporting NHS Staff Wellbeing

Our CEO and Founder Paul Reid recently spoke alongside Dr Kim Walker, a Senior Lecturer for Health Education Research and Innovation at the University of Aberdeen, at the Regroup, Reflect, Recharge: Enhancing staff experience in the NHS conference. Organised by NHS Employers, this conference was designed to explore how to proactively enhance staff experience in the […]

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