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.
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.
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.
Topics: giving something back
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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“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?”
Topics: personal growth
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.
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?
"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.
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.
IntroductionDespite making up half of the workforce across the UK and the world, the truth is that women are still significantly under-represented in senior management positions. Even in companies that make products specifically aimed at women, many are still headed up by a board of men.
This issue is one that goes far deeper than companies failing to employ women; it’s not as simple as that. Nor can it be solved overnight, but it is something that we hope this report will at least address.