Perform: The Motivation Matters Blog

Thoughts and stories about management, leadership and making people want to work.

Grow the cake

The British have an innate sense of fair play. Try jumping the queue in Tesco and see what happens. The General Election campaign we just suffered was all about how we slice the cake: who deserves more cake and whose slice should shrink. This is a zero-sum game, winners and losers in balance. Why don’t we grow the cake? Then we all get more cake. There is so much we can do for no cost with a little thought to raise productivity – which grows the cake. The previous Perform  “Ten ideas to absorb the increased costs from the National Minimum Wage escalator” is an easy start. Spread the word, let’s make the UK fairer and wealthier starting now! Let’s make things better!...
By Stephen Walker | 10th June 2017 | Perform, Uncategorised

Ten ideas to absorb the increased costs from the National Minimum Wage escalator

The media is claiming that gloom and doom is spreading over UK businesses as the impact of the April rise in the minimum wage “ramps up” costs. Certainly, there are more increases expected every year to 2020 with a £9 an hour minimum wage (for over 25s) in the cross-hairs. Even then we would be behind our erstwhile friends in Europe. What effect does this 2017 4.17% increase in minimum wage have on your business? Normally, as the base wage increases so do all the other. You must maintain percentage differentials, mustn’t you? The impact on your total business costs will vary by sector but could be a 1.5% increase. This at a time when the falling Sterling Exchange rate is driving up other costs too. Is this causing gloom in your Boardroom? Why not make small improvements to working practices every day, with an evolutionary approach, that over a year recovers the 4.17% increase in labour costs? Do you think each of your employees could save five seconds a day on day one, then ten seconds on day two and so on? Here is a list of ten time wasters that could easily save your employees five seconds...
By Stephen Walker | 14th May 2017 | Perform

Management Insights

Business people may be short of many things, but information isn’t one of them. Put “Employee Engagement” into Google and you get 9.7 million results! The problem is time: you want to keep abreast of the latest developments but you have limited time and don’t want to waste it on low grade information. We are in the fifth year of curating the best posts, on the subjects below, from across the web, for our Clients....
By Stephen Walker | 22nd March 2017 | Perform

Top Business Concerns 2017

The results of our survey of 2000 business contacts. Upcoming Performs will address the top concerns. Subscribe to Perform to be notified when they are published....
By mot-adm | 20th February 2017 | Perform

Productivity

There is a lot of confusion around Productivity and people are demanding action from the Government. The Government throws money at it, our money, and the Productivity confusion will get worse! Productivity is simple to understand, and needs very little time or money to improve. Can we just get on with it please?...
By mot-adm | 23rd January 2017 | Perform

Introduction to Perform

This video introduces Motivation Matters blog, Perform, and explains the value you get from the content...
By mot-adm | 5th January 2017 | Perform

Christmas at Work

“Do you do something special for your people at Christmas? Maybe you stop work early, or throw a party or even give a Christmas bonus? It is a sad fact that if you do it year after year it becomes expected. Watch the video and do this!”...
By mot-adm | 15th December 2016 | Perform

Opportunity?

The UK is facing turbulent times as the meaning of the Brexit vote slides from speculation to fact. We all have a simple choice to make: Close our eyes and hope for the best or look for the opportunity. This is opportunity knocking....
By mot-adm | 20th October 2016 | Perform