Employee Ownership Day
Gaeia are celebrating the first ever Employee Ownership Day this week (Thursday 4th July) with an in-house event.
The Managing Director, John Eckersley, will be addressing employees with the plans for the future of our employee owned business and the direction we will be aiming to move in to make our business better for everyone.
At the moment, employee ownership is a hot topic, and there is evidence that share schemes can boost staff engagement and productivity.
Statistics have also shown that employee-owned organisations typically experience lower rates of absenteeism and staff turnover.*
Recently, employee ownership has been in the spotlight as Nick Clegg has stated he wants ‘more employees to have a stake in their employer.’
Clegg told business leaders in the last year that: “We need more individuals to have a real stake in their firms. What many people don’t realise about employee ownership is that it is a hugely underused tool in unlocking growth.”
As Gaeia already practises employee ownership, and sister business Capital for Colleagues (C4C), has been established to act as an investor of its own capital and resources in the share capital and debt of other businesses. The common theme is that each investee business must have a significant commitment to employee share ownership (or ‘co-ownership’)- and so we already know how beneficial Employee Ownership can be.
We will be celebrating by ordering some lunch from Waitrose, the UK’s largest employee owned food division!