Business owners: how do you make your staff want to be in the office?

Starting to notice the post-holiday blues among your staff? Slumped manchester staff benefits packageshoulders, window gazing and a general lack of energy are all key indicators… and for some people, coming back from holiday can trigger feelings that they no longer want to keep doing what they’re doing, they’re considering making enormous changes to their lives.

This, coupled with last month’s change in flexible working legislation, which now allows everyone with 26 weeks continuous service the right to request flexible working could fuel any unrest, with employees considering home-working or switching to a part-time role, but not all business models can support these requests.

So with the combination of post-holiday blues and the widely heralded easier route to flexible working, how do we keep our staff motivated and wanting to do their job in the office environment?

Each employee needs to feel wanted in the workplace, both in relation to their job and also socially among colleagues. Demonstrating care to individual staff members can be a cost-effective route to loyal staff. Simple things like ensuring they take lunch breaks will make them happier and also more productive in the afternoon.

Some Manchester companies are taking this seriously and investing in encouraging their staff to be more sociable. We have helped them put a scheme in place to enable them an easy way to interact outside of the workplace and get to know each other better, creating a greater camaraderie when they are in the office.

With these schemes, staff can choose from over 150 activities each month to do with their colleagues, or by themselves, outside of work. The majority of the pursuits, such as fitness classes, zumba, movie nights and ten pin bowling are free to the employee and cost the employer just £1 per employee, per month. There are also more serene activities such as chocolate making and Spanish lessons. Some of the more adventurous activities, such as vertical ice climbing, abseiling and extreme caving are subsidised.

Our clients are saying that the activities their staff are now doing have created a real buzz in the office – not dissimilar to the Christmas party buzz – but they’re now getting it all year round, which is helping with staff retention as well as increased productivity.

Demonstrating a vibrant work social scene can help with recruitment too, especially those who are relocating to the area or younger recruits. Increasingly, job seekers are favouring employers who can demonstrate a friendly, sociable culture.

Ultimately, getting to know colleagues better and trying new things helps employees to feel better in body and mind, which makes them happier, more productive and more motivated to be in the office.

Social Circle currently offers over 150 events and activities each month for employees to choose from, for a cost of just £1 per employee per month. The innovative company is offering free advice on staff retention and free corporate membership trials for Manchester-based companies until the end of August 2014.

About Social Circle

Social Circle is the only company in the UK wholly dedicated to providing employees with a social life outside of the workplace.
The established Manchester-based activity and events company helps increase workplace productivity while reducing absenteeism and recruitment costs.
Completely different to ‘away day providers’, the innovative company offers employees regular opportunities to socialise with colleagues whilst creating more variety and diversity in their lives.
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Fancy playing It’s a Knockout? Yes, seriously!

Remember whiling away those Bank Holiday Mondays watching James Bond, Morecambe and Wise and, yes, It’s a Knockout?

Every now and then you should try an experience which will see you lose your senses an get caught up in a whole lot of fun!

So come along, lose yourself, forgot how young or old you are, turn back the clock and have some fun!

And just in case you were wondering, no it doesn’t matter how old you are or what fitness level you are at to compete in this weird but wonderful challenges. All you need is a zest for fun and a willing to try anything once.

Of course, you can expect bouncy castles, inflatable obstacle courses, giant costumes, foam and water galore.

And that’s just for starters. For the main course, you may find yourself building a huge, inflatable burger, climbing slippery summit or making your way through a gimoungus, foam-filled washing machine.

So come on, what are you waiting for? There are only a few places left, are you going to miss out whilst your Social Circle friends are having the time of their lives. Relive your childhood and come and play It’s A Knockout. You know you want to ;)

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Don’t forget our hottest Manchester event of the year

If you’ve yet to secure your place on the Manchester Summer Party to end all…well, summer parties, the good news it’s not too late. The bad news (for you, at least) is that it sells out each and every year so time is running out to make sure that you get to be a part of the fun. And oh, what fun  it is!

There will be as much food (barbecued, of course) that you can fit into your mouth. And that’s also true for the vegetarians among you. The bar will be stocked up on all your favourite tipples. And we will have a number of fun activities sch as games, quizzes and a chance to embarrass yourself with karaoke.

You will also be welcomed by a complimentary glass of Pimms (I know, there’s no end to our generosity. Oh, and I forgot to mention, we will have a DJ spinning the decks (yes, I did just say that) to ensure that the fun spills into the early hours.

Last year 130 people showed up and since everyone had such a good time, we expect that they will tel all of their friends which means that this year will be even more popular and, of course (I had to say it), sell out more quickly. Don’t miss out on the hottest Manchester event of the year. Find out more right here, right now.


Give your colleagues the gift of Social Circle…for free!

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That’s right- Social Circle has decided to enter the corporate world by including Social Circle in corporate staff benefits packages to companies across Manchester. So by telling your boss about our innovative new package and pointing him towards our corporate membership page, you will be on the verge of a big ‘thank you’ from your workmates as they would suddenly find they have access to over 150 events to pick and choose from. You will also get a ‘thank you’ from us too…to the tune to £50, to be exact.

You should also take a look at our corporate membership page in order to know what benefits we offer so you can be just as excited as we are about it and let your boss knows what a fantastic package this is.

Gaining and retaining top talent…it’s not what you think

Picture this: an aspiring young professional, let’s give her a name: Sally. Sally is 22-years-old, she manchester staff benefits packagehas a degree in business administration and excelled in her year of work experience. At this age, her salary expectations are low, especially when taking into account, her demonstrable talent.

Unsurprisingly, Sally has caught the eye of a number of prestigious Manchester firms. They are all vying for her attention but propose a difficult choice for the aspirant because when all pros and cons are weighed up, a single company fails to stand out. She looks at the salary, pretty much even, future prospects, again it appears to be a tie, employee benefits…oh great, they all offer a pension, healthcare, 10% off her electric bill and countless other “benefits”; Sally thinks that each one would make a great gift for her Grandmother.

So how would your company attract such talent as Sally? Not by a typical staff benefits package, that’s for sure. Of course, other aspects come into play such as how ambitious she perceives your company to be. But let’s say, for arguments sake, that you have that under control. She will also be considering company culture and that’s where you can take your competitive advantage by the horns. If she is going to be spending 40 hours  week at your company and give her all, you can stake your life on her perception of your company with regards to her bosses, colleagues and generally attitude of the work environment, being key; whether she says so or not. And her attitude towards those people will affect her motivation, in turn, dictating her level of production and whether her unquestionable aptitude is applied.

But how do you achieve this motivation and production? And how do you avoid making the same mistakes that your competitors are making, giving you the edge not only in attracting talent but ensuring that they stay for the long haul. You do wish to build the dream, team, don’t you?

Download our FREE report, ‘The 7 Biggest Mistakes That Cause Employee Benefits To Fail And How To Avoid Them‘.


It’s Muder and Mayhem at Social Circle

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If you ever wanted to attend a Murder Mystery night but had no-one to go to or couldn’t afford to pay the often extortionate prices associated with the typically plush venue, this is an opportunity for you.

Prepare for a night of scandal, revelations and thrills galore. Oh and you will be very much a part of it by the way. That’s right, you will be playing a role of a suspect just as every one of your guests w

Your host, Murder Mysteresses, will be taking you on a deadly adventure of intrigue and deception. So assume your role and join forces with your fellow suspects in a bid to uncover the murderer.

The person to guess the murderer correctly with the most convincing case will be given a prize. And whomever the murderer is among you, will also win a prize.

Don’t expect a stereotypical Miss Marple evening, you will be taking part in a topical and modern entertaining mystery.

A perfect evening for enjoying some Manchester socialising whilst having a fun and unique night

Secure your role in the murder mystery event of the year.

If you’ve never been to Edinburgh Fringe before…

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Edinburgh Fringe is quite simply the world’s largest arts festival with over 2,500 shows and over 2,500 shows held in 250 venues all over the city. And if that isn’t reason enough to come along, Social Circle will be there to look after you and ensure that you get the most out of what we have to offer you. As far as our Manchester weekends away goes, without a doubt, this is THE most popular.

Every August, one of the most beautiful cities in the world turns itself into the world’s biggest international festival with three exciting weeks of enthralling performances from some amazing artists which you may otherwise never get to see. The performances are so varied that there really is something for everyone.

The city boasts six major concert halls and theatres as well as a number of smaller and more unconventional venues which are brought to life by dance, opera, theatre and music from the world over.

So besides great social interaction and a fantastic time, what else do you get with Social Circle?

All Inclusive 3 nights, 4 days Edinburgh Fringe City Break from 22th – 25th August with self contained accommodation and all food with breakfasts and evening meals. Steve the on site tour guide on hand to help make your holiday truly memorable.

This really is one event that is sure to sell out like it does each and every year so be sure to secure your place on the finest of our Manchester weekends away before you miss your chance and be forced to swallow the disappointment for yet another year.

Manchester Social Party of the Year at The Milton Club

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Our mingles are consistently among our most attended events and every time we plan a new one, we think of ways to make it better than the last. Well, this time we feel that we’ve added more spice than ever before with the venue being the VIP room of the ultra-exclusive Milton Club.

If you’re a member of Social Circle, this is exactly why you joined. If you want to meet new people, this is the perfect platform in which to do that. If you’re not and you want to find out what we’re all about, then now is the time to either join or come along as this is one of the few events we allow non-members to attend (just to prove we’re not really bias to non-members).

So come along, ready to be social and meet some fantastic and like-minded new people in a venue so cool, even the Fonz couldn’t get in. You will have no choice but to widen your social circle and experience the kind of Manchester socialising your most socially connected friends could dream of.

We expect many of you to turn up and socialise but, of course, every venue has its limits so secure your place now on the Manchester socialising party of the year.

Don’t be broing- enjoy some Manchester socialising instead

manchester socialisingLife can be pretty dull sometimes and we find we get ourselves into a routine where we seemingly do nothing other than go to work and then…well, that it. It can get so bad that our friends label us as boring (even if we see ourselves as the exact opposite). The fact is that unless you’re out there meeting new people and trying new things, life can indeed be somewhat dull. But that doesn’t mean that YOU are boring…it simply means you have allowed your life to slip into a routine.

So how do you change your routine? Well, we offer opportunities for you to transform your social life and inject some fun into your calendar. You could really step out of your comfort zone and join us on some of our adventure weekends but then often life is simply about meeting new people…enjoying the most simple things with like-minded individuals.

Joining Social Circle on a night out may not seem like a life-transforming event and it may not be. But once you start talking to people, you will find that there are many others who have let life dictate to them very much the same way as it may have done the same to you. And the only person who can change that is you. So how about taking control of your life. Take a stand and transform your social life today with the kind of Manchester socialising that can really put some zest back into your life.

If you’ve no plans this weekend…

manchester social groupIf you haven’t anything in your social calendar this weekend, it may be time to take stock of life and ask yourself if you’re really making the most of it.

If you take a look at our exciting line-up of events, you will see no end of activities, whether social, walking, or something a little bit different. So why would you waste your weekend in front of the box when you could be meeting some fantastic new people at your favourite bar or restaurant or on activities such as a walk or salsa class.

You are not making a lifelong obligation, you are just trying us out and it is up to us to prove to you that you have made the right decision. We know it may not be easy for you  to come along to your first event as nerves can kick in but those very same nerves may just be keeping you at home at the weekend so it truly is time to take the plunge. All of our hosts are experienced in helping you settle in and every one of our members has been in exactly the same boat as you at one point in time. But because they took that first step of coming along and trying us out, many friendships have been formed in the process. So if you feel you need to take baby steps, that’s fine…just try our the no.1 Manchester social group and we will be gentle with you. We promise! :)