Jo Geraghty


Whether the weather be hot

Date added: 20th Jun 2013
Category: Employee Engagement

A special conclave organised by the Met Office has concluded that we are in the midst of a 10-20 year weather pattern which brings below average temperatures and wet summers.  Announcing the conclusions, the head of the Met Office’s Hadley Centre, Stephen Belcher, said that whilst this doesn’t mean that we are definitely in for another 5-10 years of wet summers the chances of that happening are higher than previously thought.

Interestingly, Professor Belcher also said that similar patterns had been seen before in the 1880s and 1950s and the scientists now have to try and discover what drivers were affecting the weather patterns.  Having the benefit of seeing similar patterns of behaviour in the past can be a help or a hindrance as it may be that each episode was caused by a different event.  However, the data can also be useful in helping to focus on possible causes.

But extrapolating from previous examples is not just beneficial when it comes to the weather.  How many times in business do we look back and see a repeated pattern emerging?  It could be low employee morale or poor sales, increased sickness or a backlash against faulty products.  Whatever the symptom; when something goes wrong which has gone wrong before it is a sign that the leadership team have taken their eye off the ball.

Reviewing and taking steps to change company culture or improve employee engagement is not simply a one-off exercise.  Rather it is a continuing duty which should be at the forefront of every decision.  Regular monitoring and checking means that employees should stay engaged and if they don’t the warning signs can be caught early before any harm is done.  It’s a shame really that we can’t do the same for the weather.

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