Latest Pulses

 

Financial health is the top challenge facing Membership and Trade Associations right now…

Leaders of some of the UK’s Membership and Trade Associations are under financial pressure as the impact of Covid-19 is felt across their organisations.  Other challenges have come in the form of remote working which has led to reduced productivity and efficiency because staff are not always always available during working hours. One Membership Organisation […]

Read more

We asked, what will change our lives for the better post Coronavirus?

Let’s hear it for working from home and spending more time with family and friends. A Vice-Chairman shared, “The one that will bring about the most change is a new work dynamic. Ironically, people are connecting with each other better than they did pre-virus. We’ll need to figure out how to maintain the benefits of […]

Read more

As lock down continues, which one of these, if any, will be the next priority for your organisation?

A CEO of a leading Institute shared, “We refocused our strategy early on, removing non-essential items to free up resources. We made sure we had the technology for everyone to work remotely. We have invested in a stronger digital platform as this will be part of the new norm. We have also focused on ensuring […]

Read more

In the midst of the pandemic, we asked what people are doing right now to keep their spirits up…

Talking to loved ones and caring for the vulnerable rank highly… One Managing Director told us… “I live in a gated community with a good sprinkling of over 70s (including me) so I and a chum have set up a Coronovirus help group to recruit volunteers and speed communication via a newsletter, emails, and, in […]

Read more

Membership and Trade Associations share how they are managing the financial impact of Coronavirus on membership fees

A CEO advocated… “Do what seems right for people and don’t be afraid to ask members directly for support.”   Another Membership Director offered, “We’re extending the renewal period, postponing the 2020 fee increase for our Direct Debit payers and introducing a free membership period for new members. Although our membership fee is relative low, […]

Read more

We’re at the beginning of a pandemic…so is the UK Government doing enough to stimulate our economy?

The government is off to a good start say some of the UK’s leading Membership and Trade Associations… A CEO shared, “It (the government) needs to strike a balance between allowing life to go on and lock down, which will constrain everyone. The risk of economic disaster is arguably greater than the number of people […]

Read more

Best ways to promote mental health and well-being inside your business?

Flexible working is a must along with training and wellness initiatives… A Senior Director offered,   I have created a dedicated health and well-being programme for the communications team at LNER, called Sunlight. The aim is to build better resilience through training in hard and soft skills along with well-being support. We are trialing a […]

Read more

So how safe do you think your personal data really is…

It seems many of us don’t know how safe our personal data is and some of this is down to not knowing how to check. Respondent When I share my data, I trust those with whom I share to manage and look after it. I don’t use unsecured internet connections I regularly change my passwords […]

Read more

So the question is, just how good are you at membership engagement?

Most Membership Organisations and Trade Associations can tick the box on engagement…yet there’s always room for improvement. One Membership Director suggested… “We have invested a lot of time, effort and money in understanding and listening to what our members want over the past 18 months. Although we still have lots to do to meet all […]

Read more

So if you had a magic wand…which one of these, if any, could improve your life at work right now?

Work one day less and feel much happier all round… A Managing Director shared, I want a better work-life balance and, although I’m self-employed and in theory in control of when I work, the reality is that I end up working more and longer hours. If I could figure out how to earn what I […]

Read more

There are a lot more people suffering from mental health issues than you think…

We asked our TPB500 how many of their colleagues battle with a mental health issue. A Consultant working in Mental Health said, “I’d probably guesstimate around 1/4 that’s partly based on what I understand to be average in the whole population and partly based on what I observe. I’d suggest the majority of people I […]

Read more

Communications Directors share what they believe hinders innovation in the PR & Communications industry

A Senior Communications leader put forward this view…“PR innovation is difficult to measure and a leap of faith is required to make the change, the lack of emotional intelligence to understand to opportunity seems to hamper some companies or leaders.” A Global CEO surmised, “Too busy with the day job to consider meaningful innovation and […]

Read more