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Employee Engagement Best Practice: The ‘My Company’ Factor

Posted by Jane Young on 01-Mar-2017 16:32:00

Business leaders and HR professionals are facing tougher challenges than ever when it comes to attracting and retaining top talent.

Today’s highly competitive job market and transient workforce are piling on the pressure to build a powerful employer brand that attracts great people, while investing in building energy and relationships internally to keep them.

The way employees feel towards their role and how it impacts the bigger picture determines not only whether they’ll stick around, but whether they’ll actively contribute to a high performance culture.

Measuring employees’ feelings about ‘My Company’ is key to understanding your overall employee engagement levels. That’s why ‘My Company’ is one of the eight factors Best Companies measures to indicate the overall health of an organisation.

Organisations or departments with high ‘My Company’ scores typically have loyal employees who feel proud to work there, love their job and feel excited about the direction the business is heading in.

The chart below shows the correlation between ‘My Company’ and overall employee engagement. In other words, having a high ‘My Company’ score is a strong indicator that engagement will be high overall - if one is up, so is the other; and likewise if one is low, the other tends to be low too.

Organisations or departments with low ‘My Company’ scores may not be bringing out the best in their people and are at risk of hemorrhaging talent. There is, however, plenty that can be done to improve.

3 ways to boost engagement

  • Work on increasing organisational clarity, by defining a clear, concise, inspiring primary purpose and outrageous ambition that gets people fired up about where the business is heading and gives their role meaning
  • Work on increasing managerial engagement to reduce employee churn and build high performance teams, by helping managers understand the 4 behaviours that impact engagement
  • Learn from other organisations who are getting it right (see below)

To help inspire you, we’ve compiled some ‘My Company’ best practice examples from organisations who’ve found innovative ways to create a highly engaged workplace. They're poster-size, so you can stick them on the wall during brainstorming sessions to spark new ideas!

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Engaged Leadership: Dealing with Stressful Moments

Posted by Becca Kelly on 31-Mar-2016 11:28:00

When we buy a new pair of walking boots or a raincoat, we never know how well they hold up until we test them out in the extreme weather conditions which we've been told they're designed to withstand. Similarly, when making our way along the path of engaged leadership, it's often hard to truly know how good we are at managing stress or adversity until we find ourselves in the most emotionally triggering of situations.

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Topics: leadership

Hit The Ground Running, Every Day

Posted by Becca Kelly on 29-Mar-2016 12:15:15

When it comes to getting the most out of each working day, hitting the ground running, as a team, can make a huge difference. No matter how many of your team members woke up on the wrong side of the bed, it's possible to reel in individual moods and feelings by solidifying a sense of group optimism and focus from the moment your people walk in the door. Want to know how? Read on for some easy-to-implement, super-effective ideas.

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Topics: wellbeing, my manager

3 Simple Ways to A Greener Workplace

Posted by Becca Kelly on 18-Mar-2016 09:58:41

There are many reasons to consider greening your workplace, whether by making small steps or giant leaps towards ecological equilibrium. Going green can mean reducing your company's negative impact upon the environment and within your local community, whilst giving something back to the wider world. Best Companies' research shows a strong correlation between giving something back and overall employee engagement. This means that when employees feel their organisation is doing well in terms of giving something back, they're more likely to feel engaged, and vice versa. If you're looking to go green at work then here are some simple starting points to consider.

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Topics: giving something back

5 Employee Engagement Tips You Need to Know

Posted by Becca Kelly on 16-Mar-2016 10:07:00

1. Environment Matters

UKFast Campus features an on-site gym, crèche area, kennels, slides, games consoles and pool tables, it truly is an environment created to motivate and reward the team. Ensoft Ltd also recognise that work environment matters. They offer comfortable Herman Miller chairs, multiple monitors and fancy glass whiteboards, picnic benches and a BBQ area outside, free hot and cold drinks and fruit around the office, table tennis, pool table, darts and table football to encourage people to take a break. Or how about some canine pals for your staff? eDigitalResearch have 7 dogs in the office and encourage staff to take them for a walk to get away from their computer screens.

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8 Personal Development Quotes We Love

Posted by Becca Kelly on 14-Mar-2016 15:06:35


“In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?”

Carl Rogers


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Topics: personal growth

Bring a Little Spring into Your Office

Posted by Becca Kelly on 11-Mar-2016 14:02:00

There's something extra special about Springtime – new growth, longer days, the end of winter's chill. These are wonderful qualities which can be harnessed by any employer looking to bring more optimism, joy and creativity to bear on office life this Spring. Many organisations find themselves stuck in a post-Christmas rut come February, so the arrival of Spring is the perfect chance to recast the year ahead. Need some pointers? Read on.

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Topics: best practice, my manager, my company

Does Your Company Fear Flexitime?

Posted by Becca Kelly on 09-Mar-2016 09:04:00

When it comes to business, and this rings true especially for employee engagement, we can learn a great deal from analysing our deepest fears. Are you able to identify your company's sticking points, the areas in which the company culture could be blocking it's own development, the points where walls have sprung up where there should be doors?

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Topics: wellbeing

Why it's time for HR specialists to shine

Posted by Becca Kelly on 08-Mar-2016 11:08:01

"You can't know where you're going unless you know where you've been”. When it comes to the evolution of human resources and worker welfare, this old adage certainly rings true.

Some 250 years ago, employees’ wellbeing wasn’t exactly high on the agenda. Obviously, things have improved dramatically in the past two-and-a-half centuries, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

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One Step to Wellbeing: The Simplest Engagement Tip Ever

Posted by Becca Kelly on 07-Mar-2016 12:44:00

How do your employees feel about stress, pressure at work, and life balance? Here at Best Companies, Wellbeing is one of 8 vital factors which together formulate our BCI Methodology, because we believe that cultivating employee wellbeing is absolutely essential to developing high levels of engagement in your workplace.


We're always scouring our favourite sources for the latest ways to help you bring health and wellbeing to your workforce. Rather than focusing on quick fixes and flash-in-the-pan, trends, however, we prefer to keep an eye out for the really revolutionary tools which tend to be simple to implement yet big on results.


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Topics: wellbeing

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For a better workplace

An engaged workforce is more motivated and productive because people take pride in what they are doing and have faith in those around them. This leads to better working relationships, greater collaboration and ultimately, a more successful organisation.

The academically tested and verified methodology we've built is one of a kind, and feeds our 8 factors of workplace engagement.

Our world-class methodology powers The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list, spotlighting the UK’s best workplaces on a national stage.

We offer self-service tools, workshop programmes and engagement expertise to help you unlock your organisation's engagement potential.  

Your engagement journey can be as brief or as far-reaching as you like. Wherever your organisation needs to go, we’ll be with you at every step to make things as simple as possible.

Call 01978 856 222 to talk to a member of our team.

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