Tag Archives: Employee Engagement

My First Job

There always has to be a first that will be forever remembered. And I’d like to think that first is remembered for all the right reasons. My first job was at the local toy store. I got the job just before the Christmas rush and I worked Friday night and Saturday morning. My first paycheck came in a little white envelope (I still have it) – $5.12 for seven hours work as a shop assistant. After work on that Friday…

Productivity Hacks: Happy People Are Productive People

I’m not being flippant here in suggesting that being happy is my “hack”. When the editors of LinkedIn sent out the brief requesting our insights into the productivity hacks that we use, I looked at all the things I do, from shared document reporting, to online diary requests systems… All of these add consistently to being productive. The Cloud has transformed the way I work – and not just my productivity but that of all those around me at RedBalloon….

4 insights in 8 minutes on entrepreneurship

I’m looking forward to my keynote at the Small Business Summit next week -  I did this interview (included below) for the local radio station about what I would be speaking about. My interview with Tony Eades covered so much in such a short time – and it gives a flavor for what I will share at the event. Whether you can attend or not – you might find insights and value in the interview. The topics include: My opinion…

Behind the Scenes: The Secret to Raising Teenagers – and Managing Millennials

This post is part of a series in which Influencers go behind the scenes to explain in detail one aspect of their work. Read all the stories here and write your own (please include the hashtag #BehindTheScenes in the body of your post). We live in a time like no other: my children have never had to learn how to use a computer and the speed at which they can find what they want to know on their smartphone is…

Longing to Belong

At the very core of our being – we want to feel connected to something bigger than ourselves. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs speaks to self-esteem and respect – and respect is very much about being in a place where you can be yourself. When I left corporate life and started my own business I wanted to build a business ‘where I wanted to work’… I wanted to be myself, be respected for my contribution and more than anything I wanted…

The dark side to workplace happiness.

As I said in a recent LinkedIn post I came across an article from The Guardian entitled The dark side of work place happiness. Of course this peaked my attention – if you took out the words ‘work place’ you end up with “The dark side of happiness”. “What on earth could be the dark side of happiness?” I asked myself. Perhaps if we are having a good time then others will see this and be envious. Happiness does not…

In search of happiness … at work

I’d worked in a lot of places before I started a business of my own – I had some great work experiences and some lousy one’s. One thing I did know is that when I was happy at work – I flourished and had an amazing capacity to do my best – effortlessly. So as I muddled my way through working out what I wanted to achieve in creating the culture at RedBalloon – there was one thing I knew….

One step toward being an ‘out of the box’ best employer

Megan Bromley accepting the AHRI HR practitioner of the year award.

I meet many business owners, and entrepreneurs; the question that we cannot help but ask each other is “How’s business?” People tend to be circumspect with his or her answer however the conversation usually moves on to “how did RedBalloon become a ‘Great Place to Work?”. I have never shied away from sharing with anyone the pivotal moment when we added to the team an HR professional. We only had about 25 people back in the day when we made…

Big dreams – if you think you can you can.

We have just completed our planning cycle. And I am completely excited by the plans that the leadership team has created under the stewardship of CEO Kristie. Whilst I am clearly not going to reveal the content here… it gave me cause to reflect about dreaming big – and playing full out. RedBalloon is all about ‘Good – Times’ and the speed at which we play a bigger and bigger game is inspiring. – Thanks Team “If you think you…

We are multi sensory beings – Aesop

Think about the brands that you love – how do they make you feel? What do they mean to you? Now think about those bill boards that you pass every day – for businesses and products that don’t stand for anything and don’t mean anything (and they may also not be relevant to you either). The point is you don’t think about them, you manage to filter them out of your consciousness. Humans’ are multi sensory beings that are ‘meaning’…