Have you got a high performing workplace?

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

High Performing teams slide We all want to work in a high performing workplace don’t we, but what does that mean? And as a business owner/ manager what can we do to ensure that our workplace is indeed high performing?

It all starts with the most valuable asset any company has, which of course, is its people and enabling them to feel engaged. But what does employee engagement really mean?

There are many definitions, but we define it as: A workplace approach designed to ensure that employees are committed to their company’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to success and able at the same time to enhance their own sense of wellbeing.

It’s about establishing mutual respect in the workplace for what people can do and be, unlocking people’s potential at work and understanding the measurable benefits of doing so for the individual and for the organisation. This of course will only happen if organisations have strong and authentic values and their people genuinely feel respected, involved, heard, well led and valued by those they work for and with.

Get it right and outcomes include lower accident rates, higher productivity, fewer conflicts, lower numbers leaving and reduced sickness rates. There are also indications that higher levels of engagement are strongly related to higher levels of innovation and advocacy of your products, services and business.

Sounds good in theory but how can we put it into practice?

Well this is where we come in and we are delighted to announce that we have been successfully awarded a contract from WYCC to deliver under their ESF funded Higher Performing Workplaces Project This will be a package of support designed for SMEs based within the Leeds City Region; who employ fewer than 250 full time equivalent staff with an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million.

Empowering Leaders

This looks at developing the skills of managers and leaders. Developing personal management capability; making effective use of information in decision-making operations and the development of the skills in managing people and driving performance through a range of bespoke programmes: –

• Our 7-month experiential leadership programmes which utilises learning activities using the outdoors and one to one coaching sessions.

• Our 6-month classroom based manager programme which is supported with action learning groups

• Our 1-day People Fundamentals programme for new or emerging managers

• A 4-month programme of coaching

Innovative Working Practices

A bespoke programme starting with the organisations business goals, vision, values and outcomes. Our employee engagement programmes are developed to ensure that it best suits the business, learning outcomes and leadership needs: –

• Assessment tool to identify business engagement levels

• Training sessions and workshops

• Coaching / Mentoring

• Action Learning sets

All programmes will receive 40% funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) for businesses. Employers contribute 60% of the total cost of the business support. Funding is available throughout 2020.

If you are interested in accessing the funding, just get in touch and we will check your eligibility and help you understand what solutions will best fit your needs. Call us on 01904 628838

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