Earlier in the summer the whole Anderson Acoustics team descended on Regents Park for our company strategy walkshop. This awayday brings us all together to celebrate our successes over the last 12 months, discuss the opportunities and challenges that face us in the coming year, and generate core input to our 2019 Strategy.
Previous years have seen us explore Friston Forest and Cuckmere Haven in 2016 and play volleyball at Yellowave Beach Cafe Brighton in 2017. This year’s Walkshop was particularly special as it was our first team planning session since we went Employee Owned, a decision we took only a year earlier at the 2017 walkshop, and saw us venture into London for the first time.
The goal of the Walkshop is to generate owner-employee input into the 2019 strategy and business planning process, focused on 4 main themes;
great work worth doing
Doing enjoyable work which exploits our skills and expertise, valued by clients who believe in long-term partnerships.
great place to work
Attracting and developing the best people; Focusing on the happiness, health and wellbeing of employee-owners; Developing and protecting an employee-focused culture, purpose and vision.
thriving sustainable business
A healthy, well managed and profitable business which contributes to society, protects the environment, and which can innovate and adapt to a constantly changing business environment.
better sounding future
Maintaining our position as thought leaders in our chosen markets; Increasing our intellectual capital through training and professional development; Developing products and services to meet new client needs.
On a blazing hot day at the end of June, we met at a bustling Camden Lock for a Tranquil City soundwalk led by Grant Waters, the leader of our Soundscape and Tranquillity practice aimed at preserving tranquility where it exists and improving soundscape where it doesn’t.
Grant is one of the founders of Tranquil City, a crowd-sourced initiative to map London’s tranquil areas. Using the Tranquil City App, Grant navigated us along the calm waters of the Regents Canal to “The Hub” sports centre in the heart of Regents Park and which was to be our home for the afternoon.
After a briefing on the top-level goals and challenges of our 3 year business plan, the rest of the day was spent in small group brainstorming sessions challenging every area of our business.
Initiatives identified by the team included;
· Formal career development plans and associated skills matrix
· A new cloud Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool
· Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training sessions
· Health insurance benefits for employee-owners
· Multiple ideas for new marketing initiatives for dust and air quality management, office acoustics and vibration monitoring
· Attendance at employee-ownership and purposeful business events
· Lots of other top-secret stuff
To mark the first company walkshop of the employee-owned era, the owner-employees signed the 2018 Register of Owners which is proudly displayed in both offices, reminding us all of our rights and responsibilities in the business and that the company is what we make it.
After an exhausting afternoon in the sun, the team convened at The Edinboro Castle public house for refreshments, the world-cup in full flow with Switzerland beating Serbia 2-1, and we enjoyed the heady air of expectancy that football would be coming home …
A big thank you to Grace, Bash and Grant for making the day so successful.