The prestigious Employee Wellbeing Awards, run by the Reward & Employee Benefits Association (REBA) and in its second year, is taking place on 7th February at BAFTA in London. Interest in the awards reflects the shift in business towards building better organisational culture. Employee wellbeing is being recognised as a hugely integral part of any business strategy.
Up for both Newcomer and Most Improved business in the awards, it is clear that Expand Executive Search is one of a growing number of businesses taking employee wellbeing seriously.
Recruitment company Expand Executive Search are in a sector which typically struggles with staff turnover, largely because the recruitment industry operates with commission-orientated roles and can be enormously stressful.
Determined to improve the experience of staff and reduce staff attrition, Managing Director, Samantha Maxwell-Reed, at Expand Executive Search has worked hard to address employee engagement, sickness absence and staff turnover problems. Implementing a range of measures, and using WeThrive employee engagement surveys, the business has successfully reduced sickness, staff attrition and created a more open culture.
Samantha is a firm believer that if people are fit, well, supported in their work, happy and enjoying what they are doing, the productivity follows.
The ambition of Expand Executive Search as a business? To be the best recruitment company in the sector by being a remarkable employer, retaining amazing people.
Since 2016 the business has designed and implemented a wellbeing strategy to be proud of.
Specifically, Expand Executive launched the following in 2016:
- Flexible working (core hours 10-4pm)
- Unlimited holiday
- A programme of physical activities
- An online perks service
- An extended range of fruit and snacks
- Peer nominated profit share
- Quarterly WeThrive employee engagement surveys
- Bi-annual feedback mechanism for wellbeing plan improvements
At the end of the year satisfaction surveys indicated what was and wasn’t working. As a result of the continuous feedback loop, the programme is regularly reviewed and revised accordingly. In 2017, the business identified unhealthy levels of financial insecurity, and that mental wellbeing was a concern. As a result, the business invested in specific measures, including mindfulness workshops, which received 100% positive feedback.
The future for Expand Executive Search? Samantha recognises that there is always room for improvement:
“Everyone has benefited from the wellbeing programme, and while not every metric is being achieved yet, a robust feedback system, using WeThrive surveys and employee engagement tools, ensures our business is always listening to and supporting its staff.”
If you are inspired to do more to support the wellbeing of your people, get in touch with the WeThrive team now. It starts with understanding how your employees are feeling. We’ll show you how.
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