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Best Companies Live May 2021 - Our virtual showcase event!

After months of planning and preparation, we successfully delivered our very first virtual event on Friday 21st May 2021. During this spectacular live showcase event we celebrated the very best in workplace engagement

Broadcast live from Media City in Salford on Friday May 21st, the inaugural ‘Best Companies Live’ event revealed not only the very best organisations nationally, regionally and by sector, but also awarded the most deserving individuals with ‘Special Awards’ for their contributions to the workplace.

Hosted by TV presenter, Dan Walker, the event attracted an estimated viewership of 55,000 people and was streamed live on a specially designed platform. The day featured a full programme of discussion and conversation on subjects including Wellbeing, Giving Something Back, Leadership, Personal Growth and The Future of The Workplace.

Our first Best Companies Live event paves the way, along with the introduction of our new League Table model - allowing us to offer more chances for celebration. Our first three quarter events will follow the same structure with the final quarter reveal being a combination of both live event and a return of our celebratory awards ceremony.

Until then you can catch-up on the Best Companies Live 2021 event below...

Welcome and The Importance of Giving Something Back

Why Employee Engagement is More Important Than Ever

Join us as we kick off the first ever Best Companies Live event for a rundown of what we’ve got in store throughout the day!

Our host, Dan Walker, discussed the reasons why a day to celebrate and recognise engagement is more important than ever, before introducing some of those organisations who have truly inspired us, despite the challenges of the past 12 months.

We talked to representatives of the companies nominated for the Special Award for ‘Giving Something Back’, to discuss some of the truly remarkable things that they have done to help others during a year in which its mattered more than ever.

2021 Regional Lists Reveals

Who made our Region Lists for 2021? Watch the reveal videos via the links below...

Hear from the Regional Winners

What does it take to make it to the top? And does ‘one size fit all’ when it comes to employee engagement across the UK? Dan discussed these very questions with a selection of our regional winners.

The Importance of Leadership

What Does it Take to be a Great Leader?

What does it take to create certainty in times of uncertainty? That’s one of the questions Dan will put to the winners of our ‘Best Leaders’ Special Award.

As the ‘Best Leaders’ vote is determined by the scores given by their employees, we talked to them about why having a plan, instilling faith and being honest and transparent has helped them earn such a coveted accolade after a year like no other.

2021 Sector Lists Reveals

Who made our Sector Lists for 2021? Watch the reveal videos via the links below...

Hear from the Sector Winners

What does world class engagement look like from one sector to another? Dan will be asking a selection of our no.1 sector winners just that – making for a great conversation.

The Importance of Personal Growth

What Does Personal Growth Look Like in a Post-Covid World?

Putting an emphasis on Personal Growth is more difficult during a pandemic, however, some organisations found innovative and unique ways to continue their employees learning and development.

Dan spoke to some of the shortlisted companies for the ‘Personal Growth’ Special Award, where we heard about the innovative practices they put in place when face - to - face learning no longer was an option, and how their learnings will shape the way that employees train, develop and grow in the future.

The Importance of Wellbeing

Wellbeing – How Do We Show We Care?

Wellbeing might well be the buzzword of the last 12 months, with the pandemic heightening awareness of the importance of both mental and physical health. But where some employees have noticed an increase in their overall wellbeing, others have experienced the opposite effect.

In this session, Dan spoke with the winners of the ‘Wellbeing’ Special Award to understand the approaches they’ve taken to look after their employees across all job grades and at all levels. Dan asked what the pandemic has taught them about this important subject and discuss the elements they’ll continue to implement in the weeks and months ahead.

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The Future of the Workplace

What Does Personal Growth Look Like in a Post-Covid World?

The million-dollar question – what does the future of the workplace look like? Join Dan for a lively discussion with representatives of organisations who have very different views.

We heard from those for whom home working will be the mainstay, others who see getting back to the office full - time as the best way forward, and those who see a hybrid approach as the way to go.

Each told us the reasons behind their decisions and will share insight about their unique practices and why it works for their business.

Best Improvers

Rising to the Challenge – Recognising the Best Improvers

During a year like no other in which organisations have had to react quickly, think on their feet, and adapt to an ever-changing situation, being able to significantly improve employee engagement scores is something pretty special.

Hear from those that achieved just that, as Dan sat down with the winners of the ‘Best Improvers’ Special Award to find out what they did to look after their employees in such challenging times and what they’ve learnt from the past 12 months that can inspire others.

2021 National Lists Reveals

Who made our National Lists for 2021? Watch the reveal videos via the links below...

National List Winners

If you’ve made it to the top, then the spotlight is on you! How did you get there? What does this mean? And, most importantly, how are you celebrating? Dan found out all this and more in an emotional and exciting discussion with those that have made the top spot after a year like no other!

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Join us and presenter Dan Walker for our Q3 2022 League Table reveal, at our next Best Companies Live in August.

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