Cumbrian business tops Best Workplace list for 2013
Leadership development consultancy Impact International has been announced as the UK's No 1 Best Workplace for 2013 (medium category) by the Great Places to Work® Institute.
The award has been given to Impact for its effectiveness in understanding how to motivate and lead a workforce. The company advises more than 400 businesses - many of them global brands including Sony, Thomson Reuters, Swiss Re, United Nations, Barclays, P&G, Lend Lease, BP and UBS - from its headquarters situated on the shores of Lake Windermere.
By blending industry expertise with investment in sector research, Impact helps its clients to understand what motivates their employees to be happy and effective at work. One aspect of the company's unique approach to running a successful business is their 'Acts of Leadership©' methodology which focuses on unlocking leadership qualities in all employees, not only at senior management level. This approach, alongside employee engagement and sustainability, is something that Impact puts into practice in its own company as well as encouraging other organisations to do the same.
David Williams, Impact's founder and CEO, said: "At Impact, we believe that everyone has some capacity for leadership action, with our core aim being to encourage every individual in the business to reach their full potential so that the business can perform to its very best. Winning this Best Workplace award is a fantastic testament to the team's hard work in ensuring that we create the right environment in which we can work together to do the best work for our clients."
With 17 offices across Asia Pacific, America and Europe, Impact International also owns three country house hotels in the heart of the Lake District. The company's unique locations are purposely far removed from the traditional corporate world. They aim to offer a unique environment for employees to learn and develop, to re-energise and focus on personal and business priorities.
"Since Impact ran its first programmes in 1980 we have attracted many intelligent, energetic people who have helped to create a business that is about community, professionalism and fun. We don't presume to engage our people - they are their own people who are perfectly capable of engaging themselves. Instead, we all work together to do worthwhile things well, to be a company worth working for. And it works," he concluded.