We’ve loved hearing from Sian Kilgour, Head of Partnerships at Cirkle and some of the team, on how important staff wellbeing & workplace culture is in their business. Below is a little insight on how they make it happen.
The path of anyone in a PR career is unlikely to run smooth. As most of us who work in the industry know, it’s not the easiest of professions. Hence why the PR world, and those agencies operating within it, often get a bad rap.
The terms ‘sweatshop’ and ‘burnout’ were bandied around in my twenties and early thirties as a kind of industry martyrdom badge. There was very much a culture of staying late and running on empty in order to progress. Getting home before 11pm the night before a pitch? Forget it!
Thankfully, times are changing and progressive agencies such as Cirkle are putting steps in place to prioritise staff wellbeing.
With constantly evolving initiatives such as our bi-annual Wellbeing Day, Couch Club mentoring programme and mindfulness lessons, there is a big focus on staff support.
Oli Withams, Account Executive, says of his first few weeks: “While the work and agency mechanics are slick and fast-moving, it genuinely feels like a nurturing family who want the best for everyone.”
New starter Charlie Greenhough agrees: “There really is a community feel to the office, with everyone looking out for each other.”
As a further commitment to employee wellbeing, on World Mental Health Day (10th October) we were proud to sign an employer pledge with Time to Change – the social movement run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness charities – encouraging people to open up about mental health problems. This initiative feeds into all the year-round wellbeing activities taking place at Cirkle.
Another Cirkle USP that’s making a big difference to employee wellbeing is the in-house fitness offering. With weekly Core Fitness and Stretch classes run by a qualified coach and real-life IronMan, teams are encouraged to break out a sweat and break up their day with their colleagues.
It’s not all work and stretching though. With offices in both Paddington, and in the idyllic town of Beaconsfield, we have the flexibility to be a bit more creative with our social plans. Whether it’s hosting our Summer Conference at a festival or surprising people with an impromptu visit from a Street Food and Prosecco van, we pride ourselves in creating unique experiences and memories.
For Adam Forshaw, Account Manager, Cirkle’s twin location is a bonus: “Beaconsfield is beautiful and only twenty minutes from Marylebone. Equally, having the London office allows people to have a base in the city if they have business or social commitments, or just want to spend a bit of time in the ‘hustle’.”
And who could forget getting a visit from a Monk on a Motorbike to talk about mindfulness, or the time when a professional performance coach hypnotised the entire office to help them develop a winning mindset?
All this helps to attract and retain top talent. Clare Wildman, Senior Account Director, loves working with some of the best in the business: “I wake up every day knowing I am going to work on the best brands and with the most talented individuals. The commitment, enthusiasm and creativity from the Cirkle team always shines through and is definitely reflected in our campaigns.”