What I am really thinking… Enter the Graduate Employee


A month in, what has it been like for the new graduate employee?

Here are my five top tips:

  1. Be assertive– If you feel like you have nothing to do, you probably aren’t working hard enough. If you don’t have anything to do, bite the bullet and ask someone. There is no point twiddling your thumbs waiting for someone to give you some work. Everyone may be too busy to remember to give you work, so don’t be shy or afraid to go mining for work.
  1. Communicate – Tell your manager how you are doing or request a one-to-one if you feel like you are losing direction or track. You can always tell your manager if you want more work or if you are struggling. Asking for help, or what may seem like a stupid question, should and will be interpreted as interest and progression. Communicate to yourself what you want to work on each week and take time to reflect on how your week went and what you want to achieve for the week ahead.


  • Say yes – To almost everything. By being curious and open to learning new things you can develop your skills in areas that you didn’t expect to. Your job title is fluid and your tasks won’t always fit into what you signed up for. Be excited about learning new things, for example If you start in a marketing job, why not say yes to learning about data and programming. Say yes to social and networking events; it can be a good way to learn about your company, other companies they work with and also how to meet new people.
  • People are just humanIn my first week and by the end of the first month I’ve been in the room, on the phone and working with companies who could be described as “scary” or “very corporate”, yet one has to realise that there are humans behind the corporate masks just like ourselves.
  • Be a rebel (within reason)Break away from conformity and make a pathway for yourself that deviates from the mediocre and unthinkingly acquiescent. Committing to the status quo will only commit yourself to boredom and malaise. By expressing yourself and being who you are you can explore your strengths and weaknesses.



The death of the employee survey?


“The annual engagement survey is too slow, too coarse and not very useful.

Replacing them with a new set of tools run on mobile is the future to understand the workforce.”

Josh Bersin – Deloitte

The term “employee engagement survey” dates back decades, but instead of fulfilling its rightful purpose many employees and managers alike see it as a waste of time. Why? Administering surveys annually, or sporadically throughout the business year, creates data that is no longer accurate and useful to anyone. In a rapidly changing business environment, what is the use of “old news”. If an employee has already been disengaged for seven months prior to the annual survey, they may have already cost their manager and their team lots of money and valuable time.

A disengaged employee not only wastes company time, but also their own. But with weekly meetings and a holistic approach, issues can be addressed immediately.  There is no magic ball that can see into the future and predict how employees may be feeling in a month or two’s time.

The past is often useless and the future is unpredictable – all this leaves us with then, is the present.

Collecting feedback consistently and frequently throughout the year is the most efficient and cost effective way of being able to really hear what employees have to say.

Through apps and websites (Hint.. Motivii!) employees can review their week. Monitoring their own progress and their focus for the week ahead. Through t mangers do not have to chase their employees for feedback. Not only does this engage the employee but also managers can use this information to frame weekly meetings. New sets of tools on mobiles can help companies make employee feedback a holistic and integrated part of their business strategy, rather than using inadequate and useless annual HR measurements.

In turn, everyone’s a winner; if you have a motivated workforce, the working environment will flourish and profits and success will come as a bi-product of this.