Cultivating a Happy Workplace - 9 Top Tips

Spring is in the air. As our thoughts turn to sunshine, planting projects and kitchen gardens (oh, The Good Life!) it got me thinking. Much like a well-tended garden, the modern workplace requires time and investment if you want the right things to grow there. A happy workplace culture doesn’t just happen, it needs to be cultivated:

To cultivate is to promote or improve the growth of (a plant, crop, etc) by labour and attention.

So, if you are seeking to cultivate a Happy / Creative / Fun / Autonomous Workplace Culture, don’t just cross your fingers and hope for the...

Posted in Recruitment - 2nd May, 2017

Wellbeing at work

Wellbeing at work

With one in four UK adults experiencing some form of mental issue at any one time in their lives and depression set to be the leading cause of our global disease burden by 2030* we thought we’d discuss wellbeing at work this month.
We’ll be exploring how workplace design can seriously impact on employees’ productivity and how a few simple steps could see you greatly improving your staff environment.
Ben Johnson has worked on workplace design with numerous large organisations throughout the UK for many years and from experience has put together eight...

Posted in Interiors - 21st April, 2017

One of your employees just left - don't get emotional.

This isn’t personal (unless it is, in which case shame on you)

Let’s start with a true story: a friend of mine handed her notice in. What followed was a catalogue of desperate and clingy behaviour from her once-respectable boss. This included repeatedly ripping up her resignation letter and finally the threat of turning up on her first day at her new workplace… oh the horror!

Your (now ex-)employee has made their decision. It’s been hard but it’s the best thing for them, their career, and their life. What you do now could make all the difference, and is critical w...

Posted in Recruitment - 26th April, 2017

First Impressions Count!

10 Tips For An Exceptional Reception:

Above are all snapshots of Ben Johnson reception projects: Top left to right:

• Using a distinctive style in a reception, North East based Charles Clinkard (Case study here)
• Making a booth and full use of space in reception: Holiday company Icelolly.com (Case study here)
• Using logos in receptions, Boldon-based based Maquet UK (Case study here)
• Using a distinctive style in a reception like Halco Rock Tools (Case study here)
• Example of finishes in a cooking and houseware company reception: Merison Retail UK (Case study h...

Posted in Interiors - 3rd April, 2017

Managing your Personal Brand Online: 4 First Steps

If you read our last post you’ll know that everyone who is active on social media is growing a personal brand. For some this is very deliberate, for others entirely accidental. You have the ultimate influence on how others perceive you online and now is the time to take charge! Here are four first steps to managing your personal brand online:

Step 1 : Google Yourself

It is now widespread practice for a potential employer to “Google” you. Whether pre- or post-interview, your online self will be under scrutiny. So why not get there first? Type your name into any sear...

Posted in Recruitment - 29th March, 2017

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