Best Companies' Engagement Lab

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

Employee Engagement Best Practice Part 8: The 'Leadership' Factor

Posted by Jane Young on 26-Nov-2014 15:48:00

Here's the final instalment in our series, covering the 8 factors of workplace engagement.

We've saved one of the most significant factors to last: Leadership. 

Leadership is one of the most strongly correlated factors - or in other words, organisations who score highly on Leadership are likely to be highly engaged overall; and vice versa.

The chart below shows the strength of the correlation, based on Best Companies survey data - the biggest engagement dataset in the country.

Great Leadership: It's The Little Things 

Often, when we think of the actions of great leaders, our minds hone in on grand, sweeping gestures, the big breakthroughs or spectacular transformations. Leaders are expected to focus on the bigger picture, the long-term game plan. Small gestures of kindness, caring or gratuitude are often overlooked, yet it might just be these small gestures – the little things – that add up to and define great leadership. These little things and everyday actions, though often lacking in glamour or newsworthiness, do not so much distract from the big picture as they do create the big picture.

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Topics: best practice, leadership development, leadership

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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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