Best Companies' Engagement Lab

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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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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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

How Fluidity Can Transform Your Workplace

Posted by Becca Kelly on 03-Mar-2016 09:32:00

fluidity
noun.

The state of being fluid rather than viscous

A measure of the extent to which something is fluid. The reciprocal of its viscosity.

The quality of being fluid or free-flowing

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Topics: best practice, engagement tools, Guides

New Year's Resolutions for a More Engaged Workforce: Part Two

Posted by Becca Kelly on 07-Jan-2016 14:26:35

Click here to read Part One.

 

Connect with community

You might assume that money is the greatest motivating factor when it comes to work. However, many workers are increasingly seeking a sense of meaning from their employment and this is swift becoming a major motivator, especially for Millennials. Connecting to the local community within which your business is flourishing can be a brilliant way of giving something back and creating a strong sense of meaning for members of your organisation. Consider making connections with a charity based in your area, or establishing a scheme to reach out to youth who might be interested  in building a career in your sector.

 

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New Year's Resolutions for a More Engaged Workforce: Part One

Posted by Becca Kelly on 04-Jan-2016 09:13:58

Keep things light

It's easy to feel a little down around the mouth post-Christmas. The office might look a little sad once the decorations have been taken down, everyone's feeling like they've eat a few too many mince pies over the past month,and do we even need to mention the state of the average person's bank balance following the annual festive shopping splurge? Start the year as you mean to go on – with a smile and a lightness of touch. Optimism and laughter in the workplace are key tools when it comes to engagement. What better force for bringing everyone together than one of positivity and excited anticipation of the year ahead? Start setting your goals for the year now and get everyone involved in bringing your organisations' dreams to life in 2016.

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Top 5 Workplace Inspiration Drains

Posted by Becca Kelly on 17-Dec-2015 09:10:31

Having a highly engaged workforce means keeping every employee super inspired, from the cleaners to the CEO. If there's a distinct lack of zing amongst your people right now, it might be time to take a look at whether any of the following inspiration drains are at play.

Negativity

Is your workplace a breeding ground for hostility? Negative vibes are the most powerful of inspiration drains and can steadily eat away at employee engagement. So how to turn all those frowns around? The best way to beat negativity in the long run is to slowly and steadily build trust across your organisation.

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4 Ways to Have Game Changing Conversations

Posted by Becca Kelly on 02-Nov-2015 11:34:00

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” - Dorothy Nevill

Here at Best Companies, we believe in stimulating difficult conversations which have the power and honesty to be real game changers within an organisation. But the thing about difficult conversations is that, well, they can prove pretty difficult. If you're involved in a tricky conversation that feels like it's running away with itself, be sure to catch your breath in order to slow down the flow. This way, you're much more likely to avoid saying something that you regret. Ask yourself, “is what I'm saying true?” and “is what I'm saying beneficial, and to whom?” Knowing when to stay quiet can be just as strong a tool as knowing what to say next.

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Topics: best practice, leadership development

Banish These Body Language Blunders from Your Business Life

Posted by Becca Kelly on 27-Oct-2015 12:32:29

Jaw clenching

Are you one of the many people who clench their jaw when concentrating? Whilst this can be a very natural response, the tension it creates throughout your face may well be read by others as frustration or aggression. If you feel your jaw tightening, especially when you're nervous or focusing hard, try bringing a soft smile to your lips. This will release your facial muscles and allow your jaw and tongue to relax, softening your entire face.

 

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Top 10 Engagement Ideas You'll Love

Posted by Becca Kelly on 09-Oct-2015 09:28:34

Design team principles

Ok, so you know what your company's Primary Purpose is, and you've defined your Core Principles. But why not make it a bit more personal? Set each team to work designing their own Team Purpose and Principles. Because they designed them, they'll own them.

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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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