peoplevalue’s Managing Director delivers an insightful talk at the Festival of Enterprise

peoplevalue’s Managing Director delivers an insightful talk at the Festival of Enterprise

Andy Caldicott, our Managing Director, delivered an insightful talk at the Festival of Enterprise last week. Focusing on the importance of employee engagement, Andy explained the theory behind the topic and used a variety of examples to show how the right culture and the right platform can motivate, reward and inspire employees.

Here’s a summary of Andy’s talk:

What is employee engagement?

For many people attending the Festival of Enterprise, employee engagement is a new concept that they haven’t yet considered. So to provide a useful outline of what we’re all about, Andy used the below definition:

“Employee engagement is a workplace approach resulting in the right conditions for all members of an organisation to: give of their best each day, committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success, with an enhanced sense of their own well-being.”

The theory

Andy then moved on to the theory behind employee engagement by referring to Engage for Success’ four enablers:

Strategic Narrative

Visible, empowering leadership providing a strong strategic narrative about the organisation, where it’s come from and where it’s going.

Engaging Managers

Engaging managers who focus their people and give them scope, treat their people as individuals and coach and stretch their people.

Employee Voice

Employees are seen not as the problem, rather as central to the solution, to be involved, listened to, and invited to contribute their experience, expertise and ideas.

Organisational Integrity

The values on the wall are reflected in day to day behaviours. There is no ‘say –do’ gap. Promises made and promises kept, or an explanation given as to why not.

These four pillars of employee engagement are crucial for any business that wants happy, motivated and loyal employees, regardless of size.

What does employee engagement look like?

First and foremost, engaged employees are happy and healthy. They also understand the mission and values of their business, support their colleagues and are motivated to go the extra mile.

In a real world context, this looks like:

The RAC patrol that buys hot drinks for the family who have been sat on the roadside in February for two hours to warm them up.

The Costa employee that sees that an elderly customer that needs some support sitting down and offers a helpful hand.

The creative designer in our team that gives up their evenings to create some concepts for a new brand for the business.

The peoplevalue journey

Our journey as a small business is a useful example of how an employee engagement platform can be used to embed business values and facilitate a positive culture that breeds happy, motivated and engaged employees.

Our benefits and reward scheme:

  • Supports our positive work culture
  • Helps us keep connected & communicating
  • Enables managers to be human
  • Gives our people the benefits they want
  • Shows that we really do care about our employees’ physical, emotional & financial wellbeing

Employee engagement for small businesses – MyWorkPerks

The key message from Andy’s talk was that employee engagement is key, no matter the size of your business. While the large corporate businesses have bigger budgets and can invest more money in their benefits and reward schemes, it doesn’t mean small businesses can’t get involved. In fact, there are free tools available to small businesses and entrepreneurs that make employee benefits and recognition accessible.

MyWorkPerks, which we introduced at the Festival of Enterprise, is a employee engagement solution designed specifically for small businesses. With the choice of three options (Basic, Plus and Premium), employers can decide what benefits they want to deliver to their employees, at a budget to suit them.

To find out more about MyWorkPerks, click here.

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