Employee engagement: Four companies that know how to keep staff happy

The way we work is evolving. As we spend so many hours at work throughout the week, it’s essential that we’re happy in our jobs and it’s down to businesses to ensure that people enjoy coming into work each day.

Ranging from cycling initiatives and team sports to free lunches and cracking open beers at 5pm on a Friday, we have collected the best stories from four companies that will inspire other businesses to put workers first.

1) Work/Life Balance: Naked Wines

Naked Wines are a company who found themselves 64th on the Sunday Times Best Small-Sized Companies to Work For List this year, and all because they know how to look after their staff. 

But it’s not all about one-off annual treats. Although these make wonderful initiatives, Naked Wines also encourages its employees to relax during the working day. 

Each day at 12pm, a wine adviser will spend 15 minutes initiating ‘play time’. Anyone who wishes to spend some time away from their computer is welcome, and activities can range from yoga, playing instruments and singing or even a game of ‘It’. On any given day, between 10 and 20 people will get involved; all taking some time for themselves to unwind and re-energise, ready to get back to work after lunch.

2) Go the Extra Mile: Lindum Group

Companies that go the extra mile for their staff will always benefit from higher levels of employee engagement, and that’s exactly what the Lindum Group did. 

Over the past year, staff at the Lindum Group have experienced severe disruption thanks to maintenance work on the road outside the office. 

Anyone who commutes to work will understand how soul-crushing it can be to sit in slow moving traffic. But by liaising with their staff, this year Lindum implemented staggered starting and finishing times to spare the frustration of morning and evening traffic jams; some chose to start earlier, whilst others stayed later in the evening. 

By adapting to their employees’ specific requirements, Lindum have shown just how much they care about their wellbeing, whilst also maintaining impressive levels of customer delivery.

Discover two more companies leading by example on the next page…

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