Looking beyond engagement

For years, the C-Suite have been married to their company’s engagement score.  Providing a simple, consumable and single figure readout on the employee experience, it is the dream of busy and stretched top level leaders, and only serves to fuel their ambitions of year on year increases in their score.  But what if their efforts to up this score were to no avail other than for the score itself?  We discuss groundbreaking research from Yale University – and over 1,000,000 data points of…

Can measuring your organisation’s wellbeing help you retain your talent?

Can measuring your organisation’s wellbeing help you retain your talent? The costs of staff leaving are often significant for organisations. What if you could predict who is going to leave before they do, so you have the chance to do something about it and prevent the associated costs? In November 2018, we collected wellbeing data across 4,000 employees and tracked how many of them quit their jobs in the following 6 months to understand whether wellbeing has an impact on staff…

Creating Sustainable Engagement. Part 1: A look into engagement

When we talk about employee engagement, what do we really mean? There is no single accepted definition; instead, engagement is a broad term that focuses on employee attitudes towards their role and pays close attention to the concepts of job satisfaction and organisational commitment. For an employee, engagement rests on knowing their place within the organisation and how their contribution fits into an overall strategy. Having clarity energises the workforce, who can all work towards a…

Wellbeing: The State of the Nation

Last month, we teased you with some headlines from our Wellbeing Survey. Now it’s time to dig a little deeper into these headlines and understand what this represents based on our experience of working to create a culture of wellbeing in organisations in the UK.   The data from 95 client organisations has given us some useful insight into the ‘State of the Nation’ when it comes to wellbeing. 81% reported that the engagement to health and wellbeing in their organisation is patchy or poor…

Workplace Wellbeing Champions

Building a Wellbeing Champions Network – Q&A with Crossrail

When it comes to building workplace wellbeing, harnessing the resource of your people through a Wellbeing Champions Network is a tried and tested way to drive the long-term sustainability and impact of your wellbeing strategy. We spoke to Christina Butterworth, Occupational Health and Wellbeing Specialist at Crossrail about working with Robertson Cooper in setting up a Wellbeing Champions network. What were the reasons for deciding to set up a Champions Network…

Biophilia: How Natural Design Can Enrich The Office… And Engage Your Staff

When you walk into your office each day, what is it that makes you feel good? The answer to this question, from a biophilic perspective, is that we feel good when our environment connects us with nature. Biophilia, a concept coined by American biologist Edward Wilson, refers to the innate bond that exists between human beings and nature.  Based on Wilson’s hypothesis, many have researched and written about the positive benefits of nature on human health. In more recent years, this has led to an…

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Biophilia: How Natural Design Can Enrich The Office… And Engage Your Staff

When you walk into your office each day, what is it that makes you feel good? The answer to this question, from a biophilic perspective, is that we feel good when our environment connects us with nature. Biophilia, a concept coined by American biologist Edward Wilson, refers to the innate bond that exists between human beings and nature.  Based on Wilson’s hypothesis, many have researched and written about the positive benefits of nature on human health. In more recent years, this has…

Royal Mail’s share scheme – employee engagement or privatisation politics?

The announcement that Royal Mail will be privatised in the Autumn won’t come as a shock to many. Chief Executive Moya Greene has been openly talking about the need for external investment since January this year, and her tenure has repositioned the group as a viable opportunity for potential investors. So where does this leave the employees of this historic institution? As part of the flotation plans, each of the 150,000 staff will be given their share of 10% of the share capital on offer –…

What’s Your Wellbeing Brand?

So, you’re responsible for wellbeing and engagement in your business and you’ve invested in a comprehensive approach that is designed to maintain and improve levels of both. You’ve consulted with the HSE and other experts and you feel like you have the makings of a successful wellbeing strategy. But, has your set of wellbeing initiatives got an ‘identity’ – a compelling brand that engages your workforce with the various aspects of your approach to wellbeing and engagement? When I talk to…