We know that a poor workplace can have a significant impact on people’s health and well-being. We want to keep our staff happy and healthy which is why in 2018 we’ve introduced some significant changes within the company:
Following the passion our MD Simon Murley has for Crossfit training, we decided to engage James Jeffery owner at CrossFit Belerion to deliver lunchtime sessions at our Wheal Jane offices. Open to all, the take-up has been great across the company. It’s havng an impact too – Gary Holmes an IT engineer within Microcomms support team says “Before Crossfit I was smoking 6-10 cigarettes just travelling in to work, more throughout the day and eating junk. Now, I’ve really cut down my smoking – I probably only have about 6 cigarettes over the course of the whole day and I am thinking about quitting full stop. Training together really helps team morale and makes us feel we have goals to work towards physically. The feeling of being a ‘ supportive team’ during training definitely crosses over into work too.”
Fruit and Healthy Snacks
Wheal Jane is in a rural location and the temptation can be to buy unhealthy snacks from the Sandwich Van when it makes its once-a-day round. However, we’re trying to encourage staff to make good food choices with a free fruit and healthy snack bowl. Anyone can dip in when they get the urge to munch!
Water on Demand
As well as encouraging better eating, we also have a cooled water dispensing system which means no one has an excuse for not staying hydrated.
Our Board Room has a Conference Table which also doubles up as a Table Tennis table – with regular tournaments and leagues, it’s both competitive and fun. Also when you need to release some work stress – it’s great to whack a ball past your opponent!
As well as physical health, we’ve taken steps to address employee mental health too:
Regular Congratulations and Awards
In 2017 we invested in a new HR system PeopleHR which enables us to send ‘Thank you’s’ and ‘Well Done’ rewards to members of staff. This ensures that great work is recognised across the company. We also have an ‘Employee of the Month’ reward system – team members nominate each other and winners are voted in to the top spot with a prize to recognize their achievements – going above and beyond.
Our Digital Signage messaging system in the office also highlights great work we’ve achieved and details individual and team achievements.
Investing in our People
Regular appraisals – both informal and formal mean staff members have a clear success pathway and can formulate with their manager next steps within the business. This helps to keep staff motivated and ensures morale stays high. Training plans are put in place and staff are sent on courses to help improve their knowledge base and ensure everyone keeps up to date with new advancements. Recently we had a Belbin session with Oxford Innovations – this was great and really highlighted our strengths and areas we can improve upon!
John Darling, AV Director said of the Belbin session, “It was really interesting. My role means I work both in and out of the office all the time and it’s great to see the overall structure of the team. We don’t have skill gaps and it’s helped me see that when I’m putting a project together who to pull in to meetings and at what stage. Some of the team are great at innovative ideas, whereas some strengths lie more in the end stages – ensuring i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. Everyone felt their key strengths were recognised, from the loudest to the quietest members of the business.”
Microcomms – it’s a great place to work and a great company to work with.