Category Archives: best places to work

Productivity Hacks: Happy People Are Productive People

Productivity comes from my head space. I struggle to be creative if I'm negative.

I’m not being flippant here in suggesting that being happy is my “hack”. When the editors of LinkedIn sent out the brief requesting our insights into the productivity hacks that we use, I looked at all the things I do, from shared document reporting, to online diary requests systems… All of these add consistently to being productive. The Cloud has transformed the way I work – and not just my productivity but that of all those around me at RedBalloon….

Longing to Belong

Jemma - a sense of belonging

At the very core of our being – we want to feel connected to something bigger than ourselves. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs speaks to self-esteem and respect – and respect is very much about being in a place where you can be yourself. When I left corporate life and started my own business I wanted to build a business ‘where I wanted to work’… I wanted to be myself, be respected for my contribution and more than anything I wanted…

One step toward being an ‘out of the box’ best employer

Megan Bromley accepting the AHRI HR practitioner of the year award.

I meet many business owners, and entrepreneurs; the question that we cannot help but ask each other is “How’s business?” People tend to be circumspect with his or her answer however the conversation usually moves on to “how did RedBalloon become a ‘Great Place to Work?”. I have never shied away from sharing with anyone the pivotal moment when we added to the team an HR professional. We only had about 25 people back in the day when we made…

Big dreams – if you think you can you can.

Looking very happy with the completion of the planning process. With Kristie Buchanan

We have just completed our planning cycle. And I am completely excited by the plans that the leadership team has created under the stewardship of CEO Kristie. Whilst I am clearly not going to reveal the content here… it gave me cause to reflect about dreaming big – and playing full out. RedBalloon is all about ‘Good – Times’ and the speed at which we play a bigger and bigger game is inspiring. – Thanks Team “If you think you…

Recruiting is like dating – it is two way.

Recruiting is like dating – it is two way.

Recently a fellow entrepreneur asked me to take a look at a job ad that she had created for an account manager role. Now I believe that anyone who is accountable for customer relationship needs to truly live and breath the essence of a business. To be completely at one with it’s vision and values. It is not just about doing the job; it is about being the ‘brand’. A walking, talking personification of the beliefs of the business. You…

The Power of Appreciation

Kristie CEO recognizing Jane for living the RB values

Yesterday I was asked to speak spontaneously to the RedBallooners at our company wide meeting. As I stood in front of what appeared like a massive group of people…. I felt a wave of deep gratitude. Not just for those who were present – but all the past team members too. I thanked all of the past employees too – for their contribution – not only the amazing one’s, but also those who had been challenging and perhaps troublesome. Because…

“Can I hold your baby?”

Kristie and I holding our other babies

1 April is my 13th anniversary as a RedBallooner. It feels like it has been my whole life… I struggle now to remember a time before RedBalloon. My role has changed more in the last 2 years than in the 10 years prior to that. As mentioned in my previous post – Kristie CEO is well and truly out in front of RedBalloon leading the next wave of growth. We recently presented at the Growth Summit on how we transitioned…

Preaching what we Practise

Jemma GM - RED

As most know I have moved to a founding director role at RedBalloon – Kristie Buchanan CEO has well and truly put her stamp on the business as she leads the business to it’s next phase of growth. We presented last week at the Growth Summit to fellow entrepreneurs on what it is like working with the founding director and how we transitioned to CEO. One of the questions came from the audience “what are you going to do now…

Our path to RedBalloon may differ but our purpose aligns.

Handing the baton to CEO Kristie Buchanan

As I look around the office at RedBalloon I note that we are ready waiting for the Christmas rush to begin in earnest. We have had many new RedBallooners join us recently as we continue to grow significantly. I understand that there have now been 214 RedBallooners in our 12 year history – walk through our doors, they have added his or her talents to achieving our  purpose, some have gone on to other great adventures – but there are…

Replacing Myself

Kristie's thoughts on leaving her 'corporate' job

Being a fast growth business and named a best employer for the last five years means that clearly recruitment is at the core of everything we do. As the founding director and the entrepreneur who started RedBalloon and grew it to a significant sized business, the hardest hire ever was the person I had to recruit to replace myself – and knowing when the right time to do that was. In the early days I was very much involved with…