A poll by Gallup found that employees who aren’t recognised at work are three times as more likely to leave the next year. Therefore, a key ingredient for a positive and productive workforce is for companies and employees to have shared and equal values; It’s all about #PowerToThePeople!

Here at Sleeping Giant Media, we are proud to have an enriching and empowering work culture and environment for our Giants. Our motto is: “You spend most of your waking hours at work – why not make it somewhere you look forward to. Our vibrant office decor sets the scene for our cool ethos, and upon entering Giant HQ your eyes will be met with (in no particular order): a colourful lego wall, a bar, ping pong table, pool table, a fully functioning ball pit, sleep pods, a fridge stocked with drinks (including alcohol!), a PS4, writeable walls and much, much more! Who knew that going to work could actually be fun?

One of our three core values is making people GIANT, and this philosophy is a two-way street applying not only to our clients, but to our employees. We like our Giants to feel empowered in order to grow GIANT, and we nurture this in a multitude of ways, including: 6 monthly performance reviews (including discussion of pay grade and future aspirations), unlimited holiday, health cash plan, discounts in stores, regular professional development meetings, in house food and drinks, regular subsidised team activities – such as white water rafting and go-karting, monthly team and company lunches, charitable events, and the opportunity to attend national and global conferences, networking events, exhibitions etc. We also hold an annual Awards Ceremony to celebrate and recognise our Giants achievements made throughout the year, and this is held at our yearly Christmas Party.

Most importantly, in order to build the strong foundations of empowerment, we strive to instil a sense of belonging, purpose and value in the company. It takes a lot of upkeep, but is something we take pride in. We constantly review our policies, perks, and benefits; we undertake higher than average frequency reviews, have a two way feedback process, perform company surveys quarterly (the last one received a 100% positive response rate), and have dedicated teams to improve the involvement of employees in company business. We do all this to engage our employees and make Sleeping Giant Media a place people are proud to be a part of. We want to make sure our team are the best, as we would be nowhere without them.

Sharing similar workplace and cultural values to ours are the likes of Google, Holiday Extras and BreatheHR. Googlers are encouraged to be hands-on contributors sharing ideas and opinions, and enjoy offices that encourage interactions incorporating work and play; HXers get to enjoy a vibrant open-plan office, have their birthdays off, as well as receiving a generous amount of leisurely perks (and their CEO even has No fun; no point written on his door!); and BreatheHR, with their 19 years experience, have a goal to let businesses escape from the HR admin, and are committed to providing #PowerToThePeople, giving businesses the ability to take control and feel empowered.

Let us know what you do to make your staff feel well loved and empowered!