Is your organisation still only looking at the here and now, shuffling along, dragging its feet through any change which comes its way? It’s not uncommon to get the feeling that you’re stuck in a revolving door, never going forward to better employee engagement in the workplace. We’re all about changing that.
We recently held two successful events, one in London and the other in Manchester, which looked at the workplace of tomorrow and how some organisations are starting to take different approaches to getting a one up in the race to a winning workplace.
David Lloyd shares their experience
Lucy Jarvis, the Reward and HR Policy Manager for the gym giant David Lloyd, shared with us the way that they are sprinting to the front when it comes to engaging their employees. A key part of this has involved creating a role in their HR department, solely for the purpose of listening to their staff feedback, and turning it into action for the business. A “member experience board” has been put up, creating a physical space for employees to write their troubles and their ideas on how to better their workplace. The David Lloyd HR team then consider these suggestions and issues, and will write on the board how they are implementing/combatting each one. We think this is a great way to show everyone that their opinion not only matters, but will be acted on.
Everyone knows that one of the most important ways to make your employees feel valued is to get them involved in your business strategy, whether it is following or setting goals. Lucy explained how David Lloyd have taken this seriously, by ensuring that they have uncomplicated vision and values, which makes it easier for their employees to better understand where the company is headed, and how they can help it to get there.
Sharing ideas with peers
Moving on from the world of fitness… We were pleased to be joined by a range of organisations, including Barclays, Halfords and Topshop. It was an open session, to throw light on the current issues organisations are facing, and an opportunity to co-create winning solutions.
Some of the main points raised included how to prepare for the ever-changing future of technology and its impact the workplace, as well as the increasing popularity of measuring our own lives through tech such as Fitbits, smartwatches and calorie counting, (did you know they now have apps which can track the success your personal relationships too?) and how the employer can get involved (perhaps not with the relationship one…). Entrepreneurs are now jumping on this wearable tech bandwagon, and as a result, companies are being set up just for those who wear them. Bounts is just one example, recording over 3 million activities every week and offering high street vouchers as rewards to the people racking up these steps and jumping jacks. Imagine if your organisation did something like this. Not only would it improve your employee wellbeing and welfare, but it could also create a little healthy workplace competition, especially if you were to have a ‘team with the highest number of steps wins’ approach. On the other hand, would you be happy for your boss to have all your data? Is there a line that shouldn’t be crossed or will it be the norm one day for them to know how much sleep you’ve got?
It wasn’t all technology focussed. Other topics ranged from the importance of getting your employee survey right from the start, to avoid people getting bored halfway through; to looking at big data and the best ways to analyse it, making sure that insight is taken from it to better your business decisions.
So, want to know how to prepare your workplace for the future? Get in touch to find out at email@example.com
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