In a busy world of targets, profits and crammed diaries, it can be difficult to find the time to make sure your staff feel appreciated. Find out here why it’s important and how we do it at Axcis.
Why is staff appreciation important?
Staff recognition is a highly effective and proven strategy for improving employee engagement. A well-implemented staff appreciation program has the power to impact many aspects of business – from morale, to productivity, engagement, and even retention. Let’s face it – everyone likes to feel appreciated for the work they do – so how do we do it at Axcis? For us, it’s a two-sided issue – we have our own internal staff to look after, as well as the contractors who work for us in schools and alternative provisions up and down the country. This article focuses on our Internal techniques, but rest assured that we also make an effort to ensure that our teachers and support staff feel appreciated, too!
Our top strategies for staff appreciation
Here are just a few of the things we do to ensure that our staff feel appreciated at Axcis:
- Give shout-outs! Celebrate small successes as they happen
- Friday “Good News” emails which all departments contribute to
- Passing along feedback from candidates/clients
- Lunches and drinks
- Consultant of the week awards
- Christmas do’s
- End of year company day
Many of the things above are pretty self explanatory – the main take-home message is that we try to look for positives in our week, and then share them either with the member of staff directly or with the wider company – or both! It’s amazing how motivating a positive comment can be. In addition to this, we have lunches/drinks and office parties at Christmas. But there is one special day when we all come together…
Company Day 2019
We have just celebrated Company Day 2019. This is one day each year when we invite all staff members from across the company to join us for a day of fun, thanks, food, drinks and celebrating the company birthday! This year, Axcis turned 18 on the 18th July – a landmark birthday for anyone!
What did we get up to on Company Day 2019?
Company Day 2019 was held in London – our head office in Oxford Circus is home to our biggest team and London is a hub everyone from our regional offices can easily get to, so with venue selected, everyone made their way to meet up for a day of fun and frolics. So, what did the day entail?
A quiz is a fun ice breaker and a chance for individuals from other offices to spend a bit of time together. We do one every year, and it’s always a huge success. This year, we made it a bit more personal by including a ‘whodunnit’ round – Who wanted to be a cage fighter? Who got down to the final 60 on the apprentice? Who used to sleep in a suitcase?! The riddle round was my fave – what type of room has no windows or doors? (A mushroom in case you were wondering!)
No company get together would be complete without giving some awards – from business awards based on facts, figures and targets, to awards for most supportive, there were a broad range to make sure that all departments were included.
The company director gave a rousing speech, thanking staff for all their hard work throughout the year. It was great to hear from Paul Gold who is usually busy working away with the management team in the background.
A chance to chill
We don’t like to make our Company Day too structured as it’s also meant to be a chance for staff to mix, socialise and generally have some food and drinks on the company – so there was also plenty of opportunity for this.
What did the team have to say about the day?
There was lots of lovely feedback from the Axcis family about Company Day 2019. Most were in agreement that the best part was being able to meet people from other offices who they usually only speak to on the phone. And a chance to generally let their hair down and have some fun in the sun! Louise, Training and HR Manager, told us:
It was a fantastic day, really great to get all the offices together to see everyone as well as celebrate success and achievements. And it was a special one as we were celebrating Axcis 18th birthday! Events like these really make you feel part of the Axcis family and make us a stronger team collectively!
Would you like to be at Company Day 2020?
If you’re interested in joining us at Company Day 2020, then why not check out our internal vacancies page? If you’d like to become part of the Axcis family, then we’d love to hear from you!