What makes a great place to work?

This week I was filled with pride as we collected our (extremely heavy!) award for achieving 2nd place in the 2012 UK’s Best Workplaces programme - our highest ranking yet in The Top 25 Small, Medium and Large organisations.

I’m always keen to share best practice, but rather than come up with yet another list of generic hints and tips for creating a Great Place to Work, I thought it would be good to focus on some less obvious, more quirky ways to create an award winning culture.

The Great Place to Work Awards are assessed on a combination of employee questionnaires and a Culture Audit, which looks at 9 key areas of practice from Hiring and Welcoming to Listening, Caring and Developing. From each area, I’ve picked out a few of the key things we do here at Impact – focusing on those which are a little bit different, are easily replicable and don’t cost a fortune to implement. In the spirit of sharing best practice, I’d love to hear from you too – please take a minute or two to post in the comments section below letting us know what innovative, unusual practices there are in your organisation when it comes to employee engagement and culture building.

Work takes up such a huge proportion of our lives, it’s absolutely vital to get it right and to make it enjoyable, fulfilling and inspiring. At Impact we aim for work-life weave rather than balance. We try not to separate the two but to make it a fun and happy place to be so that both work and life can be integrated into an enjoyable and fulfilling package.

Of course the examples below are just some of the many actions we fulfill under these headings. We are always happy to have an informal chat with anyone who would like to know more about becoming a Great Place to Work. Please tiree [dot] dawson [at] impactinternational [dot] com (subject: GPTW%20blog%20enquiry) (contact us).

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