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.
2. Leadership Means Letting Go
The success of La Fosse has been largely down to the innovative approach taken by Simon, their CEO and founder. Simon ensures that both senior management and individual employees are given the autonomy and flexibility to be truly successful members of the organisation. This means a lot of letting go and just trusting, on his part. Everyone regards Simon as a role model, and he is held in extremely high esteem throughout the company, from graduates through to senior managers. As a leader he makes a point of arranging plenty of face-to-face engagement time with the company at all levels, including monthly strategy meetings which all employees are invited to attend. During these meetings he is put in the 'hot seat' to be grilled with questions about the company - these can cover everything, from asking for his advice, to finding out about international expansion plans!
3. Listen to Everyone
EE have implemented two major new ways of engaging with employees which are proving greatly beneficial in delivering ideas and feedback. The Brilliant Ideas scheme is a mechanism which enables employees to share their ideas on how to improve the way they work within EE. The first wave of ideas saw over 300 suggestions being reviewed by a senior cross-functional panel.
Twenty finalists were identified and invited to London to present to a judging panel consisting of directors drawn from across EE. The judges were so impressed by the quality of ideas and the standard of presentations that all twenty finalists received a prize. The top six ideas are currently being implemented in the relevant functional area.
4. Invest in Your People
John Rowan and Partners LLP run a mentoring programme which goes the extra mile, with over 50% of employees taking part. The programme includes partner-mentoring, with partners getting the opportunity to talk with and learn from junior employees. The company also use buddying to help new joiners settle into working life at John Rowan and Partners, plus external mentoring, where employees have external mentors to inform their development. Student mentoring also sees the company assisting in the development of sixth form students.
These ongoing opportunities enable improved understanding, broader development and opportunities outside of their current spheres.
5. The Feel Good Factor Matters
Outside of Paragon Interiors' standard benefit provisions, the company continually develop innovative reward schemes which have become keenly anticipated amongst employees. Paragon bring a significant feel good factor to both employees and their immediate families through public recognition and the award of specific prizes which positively impact the recipients' families in some way. These rewards range from one-off special recognition awards for an outstanding piece of work, or are made in recognition of a situation where an employee has made a special effort in supporting the business.