After many years of working in both the public and private sectors, I decided to take a leap of faith and start my own business. I was really nervous but taking the Emotional Salary Barometer confirmed to me that I had made the right decision – I would loved to have taken the test years ago when I wasn’t sure what career direction to go in because I might have been able to make this decision for myself sooner.
The Barometer results made me really appreciate what I have built, but it has also made me think more objectively about the areas I can still make improvements to. The best bit for me is that the report gives you specific steps and real-life examples that you can implement straight away which has been really helpful in showing me where to put my focus moving forward.
As a company, we often focus on what is not going so well and forget to look at all those aspects of the company that really bring joy and purpose to our employees. Undertaking this exercise has allowed us to reframe our perspective, give ourselves a pat on the back and then focus on the areas we need to improve on. We are very committed to professional and personal development but we have approached it in the typical way of looking at team building, skills training etc and hoping this is what our staff needs. Carrying out this audit has really given us a focus as to where to spend our time and money to give the most return and the biggest impact and to celebrate the areas we are doing so well at. The staff really got a lot out of receiving a personalised report and it has made them take control of and be personally accountable for change that they want to bring about. This has led to lots of ideas for training, outings, idea sharing and new mentoring projects. We are looking forward to devising a long term personalised training plan for our staff based on real data.