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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

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

Why Employee Loyalty is Not a Given

Posted by Becca Kelly on 18-Nov-2015 10:02:06

We've all heard the stories. Boss and employee are “friends” on Facebook. Employee posts photo of self on beach with tagline “woohoo! so much better than the office!” Boss gets hacked off and employee is called into the office on Monday morning for a ticking off. Or another scenario (Facebook again). A gym employee posts photos of self having a great time, at a rival gym in the same town. Boss behaves as if they can never recover from this shock. Employee walks around with black cloud over their head, fearing that they're for the chop.

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Topics: my manager

Managerial Engagement Part Four: Caring

Posted by Abigail Fox on 13-Aug-2015 10:21:00

 

As the UK's largest engagement survey provider, Best Companies holds the biggest data set on workplace engagement in the country. Designed based on insights from this data, MC3 is the secret formula for directly tackling managerial engagement, as used by many of the world's top performing organisations. MC3 focuses on 4 key behaviours proven to have the greatest impact on results – Motivating, Conversing, Considering and Caring.

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Topics: my manager

Managerial Engagement Part Three: Considering

Posted by Abigail Fox on 11-Aug-2015 11:12:00

 

In previous posts we've explored two of the four components of MC3 – the secret formula which successful organisations use to cultivate and safeguard managerial engagement. Best Companies has identified four key behaviours– Motivating, Conversing, Considering, Caring – which have the potential to bring about exceptional managerial engagement. These are the building blocks of MC3.

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Topics: my manager

Managerial Engagement Part Two: Conversing

Posted by Abigail Fox on 06-Aug-2015 10:36:00

 

In our previous post we drew attention to the universal challenge shared by all companies: managerial engagement. It's a tough nut to crack, but Best Companies' methodology MC3 is a landmark tool for breaking down this tricky topic. MC3 packages managerial engagement into 4 key behaviours - Motivating, Considering, Conversing and Caring, all of which are exhibited by successfully engaged and engaging managers.

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Topics: my manager

Managerial Engagement Part One: Motivating

Posted by Abigail Fox on 04-Aug-2015 15:54:44

 

“People leave managers, not companies” is a well-worn adage which continues to ring true – evidence  suggests that managers account for at least 70% of variance in employee engagement scores across business units, whilst research shows that only 40% of employees are satisfied with relations between managers and employees in their organisation.

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Topics: my manager

My Manager: the power of one to one meetings

Posted by Abigail Fox on 23-Jun-2015 09:42:00

We all know what it feels like to be swamped by endless meetings that feel like they take up more time and money than they're worth. As time coach Elizabeth Grace Saunders writes in the Harvard Business Review, many managers, when faced by an onslaught of meetings in their calendar, choose to cancel one-to-ones before group meetings. The logic is usually that one-to-ones can usually be replaced by a quick email or even a phone call. However, as Saunders points out, this is not necessarily the most effective way to claim back time; in fact the effect of cancelling one-to-ones can be quite the opposite. 

So, what are the specific benefits of one-to-one meetings, and how can your organisation use them to increase both engagement and productivity? 

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Topics: my manager

Boosting Frontline Engagement: Part Two

Posted by Becca Kelly on 05-Feb-2015 09:34:50

As we explored in part one,  customer-facing employees typically have the best knowledge of what customers do or do not want, as well as providing a key opportunity to communicate the company brand to potential clients. It's no surprise that driving frontline engagement can have a huge impact on overall engagement levels, sales, and sustainable growth.

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Topics: wellbeing, personal growth, leadership, my manager

My Manager: How to Cultivate Great Relationships

Posted by Becca Kelly on 27-Jan-2015 13:42:00

Recent data from the Kingston Business school shows that only 40% of employees are satisfied with relations between managers and employees in their organisation.  Evidence also suggests that managers account for at least 70% of variance in employee engagement scores across business units.

Best Companies’ methodology and online tool for measuring, benchmarking and training managers, MC3, focuses on 4 key behaviours proven to impact engagement – motivating, considering, conversing and caring. Managers exhibiting these behaviours are able to build a truly meaningful relationship between their team, and the organisation's core values.

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Topics: my manager

Best Companies

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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