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I’m not normally the earliest of risers but on the 15th May, I was up and out by 6am to get the 7.05 train from Peterborough to London Kings Cross.  Was I delighted to arrive in time to get a much needed hot drink (and a pastry that’s not visible in the pic!) before I boarded the train.  I was off to finish the judging and attend the ceremony for the 2019 UK Employee Experience Awards.

I love travelling by train, it feeds into my love of people watching and I quite enjoy not being in control of the journey. Plus I got to practice my best Simon Cowell impression. “It’s a no from me”. All I needed was my golden buzzer…

Destination kind of unknown, I arrived at Kings Cross to the most glorious (but cold) morning.  As I was early I worked out where the venue was and thought a bit of sightseeing might be in order.  When in Rome! Or indeed London!

Arriving at the venue I was a little nervous it has to be said. I had never done anything like this before.  Thankfully, the organisers had hosted these awards and others so many times it was a pretty slick operation and there was nothing at all to be nervous about.  All of the judges working on the Innovative Employee Engagement – SME category had already done some significant work looking at the applications and scoring them in preparation for their presentations on the day.  The process for judging was pretty straightforward and some of the innovations the applicants were presenting truly showed their commitment to their employees.

We spent a good part of the day watching the presentations giving by the shortlisted businesses. They were an impressive bunch but there was one business that stood out to us as judges.  So with the winner chosen we headed to the City Suite for the ceremony and lunch. Suffice to say, the dessert was amazing!

And the Winner is………

The Happiness Index.

AlwaysOn is a feedback tool that allows our people to provide a rating on a scale of 1 to 10 and provide a comment, which gives valuable context. The feedback is displayed on an online dashboard. Since introducing our people engagement score hit a high of 8.7.

Overall a very long but really enjoyable day. Congratulations to the winners, The Happiness Index. 

I am really looking forward to next year! Simon Cowell, eat your heart out!

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