News Article ————

Company Culture Award’s Judge Lucy Shanahan shares what she is looking for in Entries.

Author image Published by Sue Johns-Chapman
Published Date 16.01.2023

I am delighted to have been asked to judge the UK Company Culture Awards 2023. It will be an honour to review the current best working practices and policies in the UK, and I am looking forward to being able to celebrate the subsequent wonderful winners!



What I am looking for from entries are initiatives that have people at their centre: initiatives that truly benefit the people they have been designed for, based on what they feel is important and what they want, not just what their employer thinks they want. 

I’m looking forward to seeing how the success of these initiatives are monitored and if developments have been implemented as a result of the monitoring: What has worked? What hasn’t worked? And what could work if we approach it slightly differently? 

Often when implementing such initiatives, we find that there are happy and not so happy by-products. A hot topic since covid has been hybrid working. A hybrid working policy could positively impact upon attraction and retention. A poorly executed and managed policy could see team members isolated or reluctant to return to the office, leading to a disengaged work force. Have entrants encountered such issues, and if so, what have they done about it? 

Most of all, I’d like to see fun! We spend most of our lives at work so it needs to be enjoyable, not just activities and policies, but the actual working environment all adds to an exciting employee value proposition. An inviting working environment is a reflection of company values and beliefs: If you are expecting colleagues to work in a cold and damp office, with no natural light, no space to move away from their desk, and using sub-optimal technology, you cannot expect a sunny disposition and an above and beyond mentality. 

Good culture and working practices are not rocket science, they just involve collaboration and two-way communication. So, what are you waiting for? Tell me everything! 

Connect with Lucy on LinkedIn

Share Facebook LinkedIn Twitter

Related News

Image: Meet UK Company Culture Awards Judge Charli Briggs Meet UK Company Culture Awards Judge Charli Briggs Hello! I’m Charli Briggs, Founder and Director of Eventure, a multi award winning event staffing agency. We provide brand-matched individuals to client briefs across a wide range of events including corporate, conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, award ceremonies, virtual, experiential, charity, team building, product launches, festivals and so much more! Aside from the day to day, […] Read More
Image: 64 Million Artists share their excitement for the UK Company Culture Awards 64 Million Artists share their excitement for the UK Company Culture Awards Over the past decade, 64 Million Artists have emerged as a unique force in the UK, championing creativity. But through their work with creativity, they’ve slowly been carving out an innovative approach to work-life balance that not only excited their staff but also set a new standard in the industry, demonstrating a real commitment to […] Read More
Image: Visiting Angels are proud to be finalists at the UK Company Culture Awards Visiting Angels are proud to be finalists at the UK Company Culture Awards I am a founder and CEO of a home care business, Visiting Angels www.visiting-angels.co.uk We look after some of the most vulnerable people in society. I have always said about our sector that people don’t know care unless they work in care or have received care for a family member. My journey in care started […] Read More
Image: GCI Health celebrates another year on the Company Culture Awards shortlist! GCI Health celebrates another year on the Company Culture Awards shortlist! For the second year running, GCI Health’s award-winning Levelled-Up Learning makes the shortlist for Best Employee Development Programme. So, what is it about our approach that truly stands out? How do we demonstrate our commitment to learning and development in a way that goes beyond the norm? Who we are In 2013, GCI Health opened […] Read More