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Mindfulness at Etch

2 May 20193 minutes read

Courageous decision-making, calculated risk-taking and the future thinking is strongly promoted at Etch, but we’ve found that it’s only possible and successful when employees are in a healthy, strong state of mind.

At Etch we rationalise our ability to take risks and explore the unknown by a term called ‘Radical Management’. It’s a conscious stand against the autocratic style that was once recognised as the preferred management style for productivity and growth. Why? We are fundamentally people-first. We believe enabling personal growth is more satisfying than corporate profit and personal growth is only possible when diversity of thought is encouraged and promoted.

“Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.”

Sir Richard Branson

Courageous decision-making, calculated risk-taking and the future thinking is strongly promoted at Etch, but we’ve found that it’s only possible and successful when employees are in a healthy, strong state of mind. Leeds University Emeritus Professor in Human Decision Making, John Maule states that “Feelings of worry (stress) tend to be very distracting, reducing our ability to think effectively about the decision in hand … thinking becomes much narrower in focus, leading decision makers to neglect important information necessary for developing creative solutions”. In an effort to prevent stress, promoting mindfulness has become a core function of radical management at Etch.

A few weeks ago we attended a Mindfulness at Work Masterclass with Shamash Alidina. Alidina is the international bestselling author of the Mindfulness For Dummies series, Mindfulness for Dummies at Work, and The Mindful Way through Stress. He names stress as the reason behind 40% of work-related illnesses, highlighting the importance of companies to promote and support mindfulness.  

We have invested in an environment that supports mental and physical wellbeing across the spectrum of employee lifestyles and needs. As a full-time employee at Etch in both our London and Southampton studios, employees are enrolled in a benefits scheme that actively encourages a healthy lifestyle both at home and at work. Employees have access to the following:

Etch Group are also supporting the Time to Change campaign and have taken a mental health pledge to remove the stigma around mental illness and support those closest to us.

Earlier this year our co-founder and Etch Group Commercial Director, Shelly Frame was also honoured in the Timewise Power 50 awards. The award recognises a list of 50 powerful executives in the UK, who are all managing successful careers working part time or flexibly. Shelly, who works 4 days a week, states that her decision to create a flexible working environment at Etch “isn’t about appearing progressive or winning workplace awards, it’s about taking a genuine look at what empowers people to be happier and more productive at work, allowing them to maintain a successful career and life outside work”.

Etch is currently looking for permanent and contract positions so if you’re inspired by our take on work-life and would like the opportunity to join the team please check out our current openings.

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