Brighter Futures for Children - Supporting an organisation to have meaningful conversations

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Brighter Futures for Children (BFFC) is a not-for-profit company, owned by Reading Borough Council. They deliver children services, based from a range of UK offices, with a staff of roughly 560 employees.

The challenge: engaging their staff to deliver positive outcomes

  • High-stakes work relating to children services
  • Need for a highly motivated and engaged workforce 
  • Wanted to understand how to improve employee experience 

Given the fundamental importance of a motivated and engaged workforce in delivering positive outcomes for children, young people and their families, the Board wanted to get a better understanding of their employee experience with the view of ensuring conditions were right as they continue their improvement journey.

Thank you for introducing us to this tool, it has enabled such a rich conversation about staff engagement and given us so many dimensions to explore as a Board and SLT working together.

Di Smith

Executive Chair of the Board

The solution: an Organisational Fitness survey for a full overview

We collaborated with Impower, the largest independent consultancy focusing on change and transformation across all local public services to:

  • Send an Organisational Fitness survey to 560 employees 
  •  Map out and prioritise key actions for change in BFFC

 Using our Employee Feedback Platform, we surveyed roughly 560 employees, ranging from social workers to finance staff. The Organisational Fitness survey scan was used to give a full overview of employee experience, focusing on the 16 key areas that matter at work – from ‘leadership’ to ‘tools’.

This survey prompted a meaningful conversation, allowing the results to be presented in an engaging format. By utilising the qualitative analysis functionality in the platform, IMPOWER was able to triangulate some of the results and map out key actions for BFFC.

The results: strengths and opportunities to improve identified

  • Positive overall Organisational Fitness score
  • Clear direction of what needed to be addressed

BFFC saw a solid 65% Organisational Fitness score, giving them a clear view of their strengths and some opportunities to improve. These results were used for corporate decision-making processes, including the Board.  

From the survey results, BFFC had a much clearer sense of what needed to be addressed in order to support their planned changes – but also to help their staff to work more effectively together and, most importantly, with children, young people and their families.

It is encouraging to see areas of strength but the real value is the highlighting of opportunities where we can, and will, do more to support and engage our staff.

Di Smith

Executive Chair of the Board

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