Tag Archives: Employer brand

Nightmare on Corporate Street

Most of us have been there I explored in a recent LinkedIn article. Feeling unappreciated; our work and efforts going unnoticed and uncelebrated; our self-confidence plummeting by the day. The experience we have in the workplace can have a profound impact on all other areas of our lives, as well as our overall sense of well being. I started RedBalloon back in 2001 party because I wanted to create a workplace that inspires people, values their contribution and makes them…

Can you ‘fire’ your boss?

Have you ever wanted to stamp your feet or scream and yell at your boss! Does he or she seem to get in the way of you doing your best work? Do they ever seem to be working in his or her best interests rather than that of the business? If you have answered yes to any of these then you have probably wished you had the power to fire your boss as I explored recently on LinkedIn. What ever…

eNPS and a Best Place to Work

I have just returned from a wonderful celebration of BRWs Best Places to Work with my fellow RedBallooners. We were most delighted to have made the list for the fifth year in a row as well as being in the top 10 (#8). The employee experience journey at RedBalloon is far from static – it has evolved and expanded each year. The leadership cohort are completely committed to the journey – knowing that it is not one single activity that…

Five tips to attracting the people you deserve

[Originally published on LinkedIn] Capital One CEO Richard Fairback once said, “At most companies, people spend two per cent of their time recruiting and 75 per cent managing their recruiting mistakes.” Now, you may not be in a business where you need to build a team, but I believe this statement is relevant personally as well as in business. As an individual, have you noticed you attract the same sort of person in your life over and over and getting…

Best Workplaces or Toxic Workplaces

I have a question that I keep asking myself – ‘Why is it that some workplaces are committed the being great – and others experience awful things – is it just a question of leadership? This week BRW has published the Great Places to Work of which RedBalloon is very proud to have made it for the 4th time (one of only 13 companies to achieve this.) In my quest to find out ‘why is it that some are great…

Trust takes Time

I have teenagers – their friends are beginning to get part time jobs… I am fascinated to watch them learn and discover the world of work. The experience that they have with these businesses may well determine what ‘work’ looks like for them. Trust is paramount in every employment relationship – without it, it is really difficult to achieve great things. So imagine a young person – his first work experience job – 5 days in total he has been…

Advice to Gerry – you can’t take it with you

I was chatting with a friend yesterday and we were talking about how to teach our children the value of money. I remembered a presentation I attended years ago when the woman likened money to water… it has a need to flow – there is clean money and dirty money, sometimes it get’s damned up – but spread freely and evenly allows the world to prosper. My friend said that he has set aside some money to support community programs…

143 years to grow a brand – 1 day to destroy

Greg Smith’s open letter of resignation from Goldman Sachs that appeared in the New York Times last week has been devastating on many levels. Only with time will the real impact be revealed, however already billions of dollars have been wiped off its stock price, with clients deserting at a fast pace. It has been a public relations fiasco. The questions I ask are: what about the colleagues and co-workers who remain at Goldman Sachs, and what of its employer brand?…

Culture Check

We are fast approaching RedBalloon’s tenth birthday, with that it mind I wanted to check in with the team ‘What does it mean to you to be a part of the RedBalloon story?’ The answers were delightful and insightful… but this particular answer from one of the newer RedBallooners is very worth reproducing in whole. If you were to ask the similar question in your organisation, you too could get a great insight into the ‘mood’ – think of it…

Some of our best ever experiences.

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The wonderful RedBalloon product team never cease to amaze me with how they source such innovative, memory-making experiences. Today’s additions to our experience line-up are so exciting, especially the beer belly casting kit that I’ve already earmarked for some of my friends with a little too much taste for the amber nectar! For watersports lovers, if regular water skiing isn’t enough, why not try being towed behind an F-16 Fighter Jet for the ultimate water skiing experience? Or for the…