December 22, 2023

What’s Coming in 2024?

As we hurtle towards a new year, we asked our team to give us the lowdown on the upcoming trends that our customers can anticipate in 2024. From the transformative shifts in Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) practices to the burgeoning significance of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors, these insights offer a glimpse into the trends that will shape the business landscape in the coming year.

Leadership

Chief Explorer, Colin Lamb, spoke of what he expects leaders to face in the coming year, and how successful organisations will respond:

“2024 is going to be another tough year for business. Just when we thought we were out of the woods with COVID, businesses are being continually challenged on an economic scale and having to rethink what, how and why they do what they do. 

The biggest challenges we will face in 2024 will be the ongoing disruption due to inflation and economic downturn driven by political, economic, environmental, and global events. The ever-evolving change of customer expectations (personalisation and choice) and behavioural change (how people are choosing to buy) and how digital and AI in particular are taking us down roads we never thought possible at an instantaneous rate.  

These three external factors will drive businesses to change, adapt and evolve quicker than we realise. Disruption is afoot and the successful leaders will be at the forefront, while others who do not prioritise this will be left behind. “

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

In 2024, our EDI Lead Katy Morrison expects the discourse on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to take a progressive turn:

“Talent shortages and the need for new skill sets mean that organisations will be stepping beyond traditional talent pools, and focusing on reskilling current employees, and even reintegrating retirees and caregivers back into pivotal roles.  I also believe that we’ll see a push to integrate diverse perspectives into strategy and organisational culture.

Companies will focus on inclusion rather than just compliance, and try to foster better working relationships by identifying commonalities. This approach will involve comprehensive training programs and events, going beyond sporadic or one-off training sessions to create a lasting impact. Companies are gearing up to collect EDI data, set goals, and implement measurements. Aligning with public bodies' practices, top-performing companies are integrating EDI policies and goals, demonstrating a commitment to creating and showcasing impact.”

Business

Next, we asked our Business Director, Jordan Kay, to outline the pivotal business trends he expects our customers to face in 2024.

“Rather than replacing jobs, I believe 2024 will bring a collaborative approach to AI. Businesses are exploring ways to integrate AI into daily operations, enhancing tasks from writing to boosting efficiency. This shift signifies a move towards embracing AI as a tool for augmenting human capabilities and it will, in turn, lead to a focus on shoring up the Skills Gap.

Companies in 2024 will begin reinvesting in people's soft skills, such as communication, problem-solving, strategic thinking, and leadership. As technology continues to advance and be implemented more widely, businesses need to prioritise the development of their employees' abilities to effectively use these technologies and collaborate with others in the workplace.”0

Environment, Social Impact, & Governance

Our Chief Sustainability Officer, Mehalah Beckett, offers her opinion on how the ESG landscape will evolve in 2024.

“What I hope to see is 2024 being the start of a shift in the UK business model. B Corp-friendly practices are gaining popularity, with businesses advocating for legal responsibility to benefit workers, customers, communities, and the environment. As The Better Business Act gains traction in parliament, this signals a commitment to aligning profit with broader societal and environmental concerns.

With this in mind, I believe that purpose-driven start-ups, having gained momentum since the pandemic, are set to explode in 2024. Aligning brand loyalty with a meaningful purpose, these businesses are reshaping markets, surpassing competitors focused solely on financial returns.

In terms of environmental impact, businesses will start to transition from their net-zero plans to tangible actions. 2024 demands substantial changes in internal processes and supply chains. Companies are expected to enforce rigorous standards throughout their supply partnerships, ensuring a genuine commitment to addressing climate change.”

December 12, 2023

Why We Published Our Impact Report

This December we published our first Impact Report and we are pretty excited to share it with the world! As a UK Certified B Corp we are required to publish an Impact Report every year, but even for businesses that have not achieved B Corp status, it is a great way to communicate important information about your business and the impact it has on people and the planet. It’s an opportunity to celebrate your successes, outline your goals, and plan for the next year to come.


Purpose of an Impact Report

An Impact Report should provide quantifiable changes that your organisation’s activities have been responsible for in the last 12 months; reassuring your clients, suppliers, followers and supporters that your business is ultimately a force for good. It provides transparency, accountability and helps to identify areas for improvement.


There are lots of frameworks that you can use to create an Impact Report, but because Connect Three is a B Corp, we have used their 5-point framework to explore the meaningful changes we have made, and are planning to make.
So that’s the big reason we are doing it, but there are four other important reasons why we created an Impact Report:

  1. To Give Thanks
    We regularly make a point of showing gratitude to our people, clients, partners and supporters, and an Impact Report gives us a focused opportunity to say “thank you” to everyone who supported us as we worked to make a difference to people and the planet.
  2. To Provide Accountability and Transparency
    Each year our Impact Report will let us honestly tell our stakeholders about the good, the bad, and the ugly that we’ve faced as we have tried to implement actions in the year. We do our best to tell the story about what we have done in a compelling way, and give an honest account of the difference that Connect Three is making in the world. It also explains what we are learning from our outcomes, and what we are going to do to address our shortcomings.
  3. To Help Clarify Our Future Focus
    As part of our Report, we have identified areas where we can grow our impact, and where we are currently at on our journey to our biggest goals. Each Impact Report we produce will be an annual check-in on our journey and help to ensure we are on the right path.
  4. To Motivate Our People
    As much as the Impact Report is for our wider followers, the report also gives our whole team insight into how their work has contributed to our overall success, and what lies ahead for us as a team. The team has been involved in measuring our impact throughout the year, and this is the opportunity for them to see the big picture view of what we have achieved.

So that’s the why, and here’s where you can view the full report. If you have feedback, input, or ideas of things we can get involved in over the next 12 months, email curious@connectthree.co.uk and let us know.

June 15, 2023

Leadership consultancy Connect Three hits £1 million turnover for first time as firm unveils bold plans for further growth

ONE of the UK’s fastest-growing leadership consultancies has laid out its plans for further expansion following a bumper year in which it passed £1 million turnover for the first time.

Revenues at UK-based global consultancy Connect Three have surged by more than 70% since 2021 as businesses and organisations in the public, private, and third sectors adopt new business cultures permanently in the post-pandemic world of work.


Major factors driving the consultancy’s success include growth in sectors including renewable energy, digital and tech, and life sciences; contract wins with Scottish Enterprise, NHS 24, Glasgow City Council, and Capability Scotland; as well as work in more than 20 countries worldwide with clients including global tech firm Calnex, Q2 Solutions, and major Scottish deals and events platform Itison.


The Glasgow-based consultancy – the first business of its kind in Scotland to achieve coveted B-Corp status – has also established itself as a go-to provider of services including equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI); growth and change management; and environmental and sustainable governance (ESG), with enquiries from start-ups to blue chip companies and major public sector organisations.


Key public sector work in the last 12 months includes design and delivery of the Scottish Government’s Anti-Racism Workplace Training Framework and Accessibility for All project; and Scottish Enterprise’s Essential Leadership programme.

Connect Three’s rapid expansion has also led to several key appointments including Business Director Jordan Kay, former Operations Director at social media agency Sunshine, and founder of brand experience and events agency Blushbooth – which was acquired in 2020.


Significant internal promotions at Connect Three include Barbara Clark’s appointment as lead consultant, with Katy Morrison and David Garrick also stepping up to lead the 32-employee consultancy’s EDI and ESG divisions respectively.
Further investment in the team will be made this year with the recruitment of a Chief Inclusion Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer, as well as new roles in product development, operations, and the growth of Connect Three’s ESG and EDI teams as the consultancy sets its sights on becoming Scotland’s #1 EDI Consultancy, and the best place to work in Scotland. Connect Three has also been working with growth and innovation expert Les Bayne to strengthen its board and governance.

Colin Lamb, founder and CEO at Connect Three, said: “The world of work has changed immeasurably in the past two years, and organisations and leaders at all levels are treating new aspects of working culture – including EDI; skills
development, sustainability, and workplace wellbeing – not only as legal requirements but as essential pillars of their business strategy.

“Many are not yet fully equipped with the expertise and experience to implement these policies and practices effectively, and that’s why many are turning to us to help them deliver them.

“We set out our growth ambitions in 2021 in the knowledge EDI, ESG, and Growth and Change should and would be priorities for organisations of all sizes around the world, and in the time since we have firmly established ourselves as a go-to consultancy in the public, private, and third sectors.

“We have continued to grow and develop our own team, promoting internally while bringing in additional expertise and experience to enable us to deliver our services on a broader and bigger scale this year and beyond.

“Workplace culture is a thriving sector in its own right, and now impossible to ignore for leaders at all levels of business. Businesses that do not prioritise it are putting their profits, and more importantly people, at risk.

“We want to be Scotland’s leader in EDI, ESG and Growth and Change, while continuing our growth across the UK, and have structured the business and our people to help achieve it. Our ambitions extend beyond this year and into
international markets, and this year’s performance provides the perfect springboard.”

Connect Three, which became the first UK leadership consultancy to become a certified B-Corp in 2021, has also been shortlisted for a string of awards including two Glasgow Business Awards; two HR Network Awards “Best SME” and “Best Employer/Workplace of the Year”; and two Herald Top Employer Awards “Small Employer of the Year” and “Inspiring Employee Culture Award”.

March 16, 2023

B Corp Month 2023

Have we mentioned that we're a B Corp? Once or twice? OK, so we are very proud of the fact that in November 2021 Connect Three became part of the global community of B Corps. We are very open about the fact that we started Connect Three with a vision to do business differently, and now we encourage other people and organisations in our network to follow in the same footsteps.

Since certifying as a B Corp, we’ve been on a continuous journey to educate ourselves, understand our footprint and find ways to make new positive impacts around us.  We’re now on a mission to leave a positive impact in every continent, existing to make our planet a better place to live and work. 

Every year during March the global B Corp community join to celebrate everything it means to be a B Corp.  As part of that global community, throughout the month we build awareness and educate different audiences on the ways in which the movement is transforming the economic system for the better. 

B Corp Certification isn’t just a mark; it’s a global movement of people going beyond business as usual to make their mark on the world - recently we celebrated the 1,000 B Corp milestone in the UK and we’re delighted to see Scotland’s number increase too! 

Similar to how we work with our clients - supporting growth, change and developing people and business - it’s an evolving certification that is constantly growing and continually challenging the status quo without being afraid to handle feedback and embed change. 

It’s a network too.  The B Corp community demonstrates what’s possible when businesses think beyond profit. When they go beyond the expected.  When they come together to prove beyond doubt that there’s a better way to do business.   

WE GO BEYOND EXPECTATIONS 

Since becoming a B Corp:

  • We launched our internal ENERGYse campaign to educate and support our employees during the Cost-of-Living crisis with useful tools, products and gifts provided to everyone monthly. 
  • We cover public transport expenses for our employees to support greener commuting and cover rising costs. 
  • We’ve embedded giving back into every project we do. Through this we’ve planted nearly 20,000 trees and donated to community projects around the world to offset our carbon and give back.  
  • We’ve partnered with the local charity Project Ability through commissioning their artwork for our office, creating space for their skills to be showcased at our Strive to Thrive event and committing a percentage of our profits to them. 

And we have big plans to continue… 

  • Our Step Up to Net Zero Coordinator, Yi, has just started this month to help us achieve our Net Zero goals and challenge our current practices. 
  • We’re reviewing all our company policies including those on Parental Leave and Menopause. 
  • We’re investing heavily in Equity, Diversity & Inclusion – both in educating and supporting businesses around us and through our own internal work. 
  • We’re currently working on our first ever Impact Report and we can’t wait to share even more Connect Three updates with you. 

Behind the scenes 

October 7, 2022

Connect Three Awards 2022

We are very proud to be finalists for 5 business awards in 2022.

Glasgow Business Awards

  • Best Performing Small-Medium Business 
  • Fair and Healthy Workplace 

The Herald Top Employer Awards

  • Small Employer of the Year
  • Inspiring Employee Culture Award

HR Network Scotland Awards

  • Best Employer/Workplace of the Year

December 2, 2021

Connect with…Gregor!

It’s that time again, another new face for me to introduce you to – everyone, say hello to Gregor!

Hi Gregor, welcome to the team. Tell us what your role is at Connect Three and what you do.

I’m the Learning Coordinator, my role is split between coordinating the learning projects, research and delivery of those projects and supporting business development.

Amazing! We’re so glad you’re here. I know you haven’t been with us long, but what has been your favourite moment in Connect Three so far?

Does finding out that our Chief Explorer was gluten-free like me count? It means there’s always snacks in the office, and beers at the parties that I can have!

Haha! I’ll let you have that one. I know like a lot of the team you are a big reader, so what are you reading right now?

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking’ by Susan Cain. As a very extroverted person it’s interesting to hear more from an introverted perspective.

Lovely, I like a good book recommendation. Next up - which business leader would you like to have a cup of tea with?

Yvon Chouinard – founder of Patagonia: I think all businesses should be led with his mindset.

Oh, great choice! OK, finally, if you could only give one piece of advice to people starting out on their career reading this, what would it be?

Take time to decide who you want to be and where you want to go. If you’re willing to spend 2 hours planning a week-long holiday then, by the same ratio, you should spend 6 months of working hours planning your career. I got this from 80,000hours.org and it completely makes sense to me!

Thank you so much for your time today Gregor – I’m sure we’ll be hearing from you on the blog again soon!

November 26, 2021

We are a B Corp! Connect Three achieves B Corp Certification

It's been a really exciting week for the team at Connect Three as we found out that we officially achieved our B Corp Status!  The accreditation rewards our work to become one of the UK's most ethical companies and achieving it has been our goal for a long time.  Giving Back is at the heart of our business, and we are passionate about living out our values and showing that business can, and should, put people over profit, and to be rewarded for our efforts has been a fantastic end-of-year boost for the team.

To become an accredited B Corp, every aspect of our business was graded against the association's rigorous testing system, 'The B Impact Assessment'.  We were judged on how our day-to-day operations create positive impact for our people, our community, and the environment, and what our business is doing to make a positive social impact in the wider world.

The accreditation shows that we’re using our business as a force for good, and that we are focused on driving positive change through how work every day.  We may be the first consulting firm of our kind to achieve this prestigious recognition, but we won't be resting on our laurels!  We have big plans for how we can continue to improve and expand our positive impact every day.

What is a B Corp? 

There are just 4,000 certified B Corps including international brands like Innocent, Patagonia, and The Body Shop.

"Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and non-profits alone. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose." B Corporation

What being a B Corp means to us

Colin started Connect Three with the goal of helping business managers to become inspirational leaders who build healthy businesses that are great places to work.  Now we work to help leaders become someone who makes a positive impact on everyone that they interact with.

"Connect Three is about educating others to have a positive impact in the world. To know that we have been held accountable for the ethics which we promote, and rewarded with this certification is a fantastic affirmation for myself and the team.  It's a real testament to what we've been working on for the last 7 years, and I could not be more proud of what we've accomplished."

July 28, 2021

We’re Breaking the Cycle with Sir Chris Hoy

Connect Three is proud to have taken up the challenge laid down by Sir Chris Hoy and Social Bite to do our part to Break the Cycle of homelessness.  We are joining the race to raise £1million to help build two new Social Bite villages in two new cities in the UK.

On his bike…David will be taking part in a 60 mile cycle on Sunday 5th September.  He will be setting off from the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, and pedalling a challenging 60 mile route across Scotland’s central belt, crossing the finish line in Edinburgh – just along from Social Bite’s flagship village in Granton.

On our feet…The rest of the team will be taking part in the virtual challenge, and walking the equivalent of John O’Groats to Lands End…and back again!  That is 3.4million steps…yup, 3.4million steps in the month of August.

Get involved…We are aiming to raise £1000 as a team, and anyone who would like to sponsor us, or just make a donation to the SocialBite cause, can get involved here.

June 30, 2021

Reflecting on Pride Month 2021

On Monday some of the team took the morning off from virtual meetings and went for a walk up Ben A’an as part of our Wellbeing initiative, headed by Katy.  We also took the opportunity to make it a learning day around the theme of Pride, since it’s pride month and our walk coincided with the 51st anniversary of the first ever Pride march.
We asked each other questions from a quiz, which sparked amazing conversations and stories, and learning, about Pride and what it means to us as individuals and as a team.

February 12, 2021

Connect Three accredited by the Good Business Charter

Breaking News... Connect Three has achieved our Good Business Charter accreditation! The GBC is an initiative that promotes the importance of responsible business practices, measuring businesses against ten components including real living wage, fairer hours and contracts, employee well-being and environmental responsibility. By recognising businesses that meet their high standards, the Good Business Charter aims to inspire other organisations to follow suit.

The GBC consists of 10 components:

  1. We are a Living Wage Employer who pays directly employed staff and regular contracted staff the regular living wage.
  2. We commit to a fair approach to zero or minimal hours contract including giving at least two weeks’ notice for scheduling shifts and still paying shifts cancelled at less than two weeks’ notice. We commit to give proper consideration to providing contracts with guaranteed hours. Both of the above necessary unless requested otherwise by the employee of their own free will.
  3. We will have clear, fair and transparent policies that support and encourage employee well-being and ban unreasonable penalties for legitimate sickness.
  4. We will engage with worker representatives and ensure there is a voice that represents employees around the boardroom table.
  5. We will commit time and money to creating an inclusive workplace. We will monitor the diversity of our workforce, commit to close the gender, disability and ethnicity pay gaps and narrow the CEO/worker pay gap.
  6. We care about the environment and have an environmental policy which demonstrates the ways in which we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance.
  7. We commit to pay our taxes, not engage in tax avoidance and be transparent in our relationship with HMRC.
  8. We recognise our commitment to our customers. We publish this commitment on our website and gather and monitor customer feedback, reporting to the board and addressing concerns.
  9. We commit to the standards set out in the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code where relevant to our organisation.
  10. We are signatories of the government’s Prompt Payment Code.

For more details for each of these components and to find out more about the GBC visit: www.goodbusinesscharter.com

January 8, 2021

Career Ready Scotland 2021

2021 marks the third year Connect Three will be involved in Career Ready Scotland mentoring scheme.  This year's programme launches on Monday and it aims to help progress young people (S5/S6 students) to positive post school destinations by equipping them with the skills necessary and giving them access to a support network.

Throughout the programme we work on developing skills that the students have identified as improvement areas, as well as abilities that we can give them experience in to help add to their repertoire. After a series of coaching, masterclasses and potentially workplace visits, the programme is finished with a four week paid internship where the students can experience first-hand what it is like to work at Connect Three.

This is a hugely rewarding programme for both the students and for myself, I believe that it is extremely important that opportunities such as these are offered to young people to help provide them with the skills and experience they otherwise may not have access to. Find out more information on the Career Ready website.

~ Craig

December 2, 2020

Not your Average Christmas Party

Usually when December comes around, the Connect Three Countdown begins.  Last year we had elaborate quizzes, a painting class, cake, a trip to a champagne bar, a team meal at an Italian restaurant, a trip to a bowling alley, and our team awards.  This year, we have lockdown so things are a little different...ok, a LOT different.  Our team is currently scattered across the UK, all in different lockdown tiers, so getting together is not an option, but it isn't going to stop us celebrating the amazing things we have achieved this year.

This year we donated what we would have spent on our fancy Italian dinner to the Hospitality Action Invisible Christmas Party Initiative. Hospitality Action's work support members of the hospitality industry whose livelihoods are disappearing at a time when the industry should have been at its busiest. If your company would like to get involved, you can find out more here.

Even with a restaurant meal off the cards, we still managed a team dinner.  Through the magic of Just Eat vouchers, we treated the team and their families to a dinner of their choice.  From sushi, to Peking duck, a pizza an outdoor cinema, and an ambitious munchie box that made us all feel strangely jealous, we didn't have our usual party hats on, but we still connected as best we could.

Then, last week the team were all surprised by a special delivery - an advent calendar in the post!  Mindfulness for Katy, teas for Barbs, and chocolate for David - now we're all set to countdown to Christmas together. We're also still managing a virtual party, secret santa, collaborating on happy playlists which we can all listen to, sharing learning and book suggestions and celebrating birthdays and milestones. We're doing our best to stay together while we're apart.

We love hearing how our clients, suppliers and friends are engaging with their teams during these strange times we're living in.  Your stories inspire us - send us a message on social media and let us know what you've been up to.

October 21, 2020

October Newsletter


New website. New products. New newsletter.

We have been busy bees and we are so excited to show you what we have been working on. We've refreshed our brand and website to help us show off our new products.

take a look

 

Managing People for Growth
Our Managing People for Growth programme of workshops and support is designed to enable managers to become fully effective in their role as people managers by giving them access to tools and learning to help set them up for success. Our next cohort starts in November - secure your place now by emailing hello@connectthree.co.uk

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Incredible ways that Career Transition support changes lives
Career transition support changes lives – because it’s person-centred, practical and taps into your potential. And when done well, its impact is amazing… Read the full article from our resident guru Fiona on our website...

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Glasgow Business Growth Fund
The Glasgow Business Growth Fund programme is now live for applications! Through this new fund, SMEs will have access to a range of specialist support from experts (including the Connect Three team!) and there is also a range of Business Accelerator Programmes that combine traditional teaching methodologies with guidance and mentorship. Read our launch blog here:

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March 25, 2020

Pro Bono Coaching

The Connect Three team is offering pro bono, remote, 1-2-1 coaching sessions for up to 30 business owners/leaders until the end of May to help support people during this tough time. Maybe you are concerned about the future, or want to build personal resilience. Perhaps you are just looking for ways to be your best self, or navigate complexity and change.
 
Whatever your reason might be, we are offering a safe space to talk to someone who is trained to coach you through this crazy time. We will listen, coach, and help you to identify your best options for the way forward.
 
We want to help as many people as we can so please share this far and wide. If you could use some help, email hello@connectthree.co.uk and we'll be in touch.

February 24, 2020

Connect Three Helping Drive Growth in Glasgow’s SMEs

The team at Connect Three has been selected to be advisors on Glasgow City Council’s new Glasgow Business Growth Programme.  The programme is designed to create a connected and collaborative network of specialists and experts.  We will be part of a group of top Scottish firms including Harper Macleod and Wylie & Bisset, working together to deliver an unrivalled level of support in the UK for local SMEs.

The programme aims to deliver sustainable growth for small businesses, and to improve the city’s business start-up and SME survival rates.  SMEs will have access to a range of specialist support from Connect Three under our capacity in Leadership, Skills and Resource consultancy.  We will provide support including reviewing existing Leadership Development processes and reporting on their future suitability, making recommendations for future actions.  We will also provide a range of support across leadership and management skills including  Organisational Development, Succession Planning, Capacity Building and HR Support.  Businesses will receive support based on their needs and their commitment to inclusive economic growth.

Colin Lamb, Connect Three’s Founder and Chief Explorer says; “It is rare for a programme to come along that offers real support for SMEs across their entire business lifecycle.  Whatever stage they are at, whatever potential they have, or problem they might be facing, the Glasgow Business Growth Programme has a solution for that, and at Connect Three we are pleased to be a part of it.”

Connect Three has been part of the Business Growth Fund’s Programme since the Framework initially launched in 2017 and we are so pleased to be part of the new programme until December 2022.

You can find out more about the Glasgow Business Growth Programme here.

January 31, 2020

Happy Birthday to us!

Today Connect Three is 5 years old. When we started in 2015, our plan was to use the power of creativity to support and shape businesses, developing their people and pushing them to reach their potential. Over the years we have pulled together a dynamic team of Consultants who are all on the same page, in the same book, in the same library. Today we are going to celebrate all of the people and businesses we have worked with and seen develop and flourish.

We are proud to practice what we preach, and it has been great to be acknowledged for our work in people development and Fair Work, with some brilliant awards over the years. These awards are not why we do it, but it's always nice for the team to be recognised!

Really, we just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported us and worked with us to date, we would not be here without you. Here's to the next 5 and beyond! 🥳

November 18, 2019

International Men’s Day

Tuesday 19th November marks International Men’s Day, when companies and organisations around the world will be celebrating positive male role models and working to raise awareness of men’s well-being at home and in the workplace.  Founded in 1999 by Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, the day is designed to highlight men’s and boy’s mental health, focus on improving gender relations and gender equality, and recognise male role models who actively and positively contribute to communities, places of work, friendships, families, marriages, and childcare.

At Connect Three we are heading to Family Friendly Working Scotland’s “Being a Working Man in 2019” event today which looks at flexible working for men in the 21st century.  When we celebrated International Women’s Day as a team earlier in the year, we held a workshop and reflected on ways in which we could balance our professional and personal lives for the better.  This is a problem faced by men as much as women in our society, so a key mission for us on International Men’s Day, and beyond, is to work towards Scottish men being offered the same family friendly, and life friendly, flexible working opportunities as women.

At tonight’s session, senior business leaders in Glasgow will come together to discuss why and how more men need to be encouraged and supported to work flexibly.  Currently, far fewer men than women work flexibly which is a problem for men, society, our economy and gender equality.

Studies have shown that men who do work flexibly find it is good for their wellbeing and their relationships; and employers find that it is good for business as it engenders more loyal and committed staff.  However, many men who want to work more flexibly find it difficult and feel it is not always acceptable in the workplace or society.

For too long, the gender equality conundrum has been left to women to fix and flexible working has been a woman’s issue, but women are also looking for more men to work flexibly as this is considered to be the key solution to reducing the gender pay gap.

Tonight’s conversation will centre on what can be gained by men, women, business and society, when more men work flexibly and when men help to drive the conversation forward.

It wouldn’t be right to sign off without saying a huge Connect Three thanks to the men in our team – Colin, Craig and David.  You make what we do one of the best jobs in the world, thank you!

October 30, 2019

Connect Three wins Fair Work Award at Glasgow Business Awards

After our recent success at the Glasgow Business Awards, where we won the Fair Work Award (1-50 employees), our founder & Chief Explorer, Colin Lamb, talks about why fair work is not just important at Connect Three but essential for Glasgow’s growing economy.


"Fair Work, is what is says on the tin really. It’s about creating a workplace culture and environment that allows employees to bring their best selves to work every day.

"Many business leaders we work with ask us 'how do you get teams and individuals engaged and how do you get discretionary effort?'. The answer for me lies within the 5 elements of Scottish Government’s Fair Work Framework.

"Fair Work covers working practices and policies in five areas: Employee Voice; Opportunity; Security; Fulfilment and Respect. These are the ingredients for for a fool-proof recipe of a highly productive culture.

"A few examples of our people practices are flexible working, no zero hour contracts, Living Wage accredited, Personal training budgets, Investors in Young People accredited, job buddying, capability matrix and learning plans, personal wellbeing allowance, investing in charities and helping young people flourish through work experience and internship opportunities.

"Fair Work is also about creating, as coined by Prof. Amy Edmundson, ‘psychological safety’ in the workplace. A workplace where you can speak freely without fear of being shut down and have the ability to make mistakes and learn from them. This learning focussed culture is where we start to see personal growth leading to increased engagement and productivity levels.

"Our company values help to promote and demonstrate this well. Be Curious, Be Bold and Be You. We encourage all members of our team to ask lots of questions, contribute ideas, challenge thinking (even mine!) and importantly bring their full selves to work each day - warts and all. We are all human at the end of the day and we need to understand our teams better. Utilising your people’s strengths and providing them with the right support will help them flourish.

"Connect Three are absolutely thrilled and extremely proud to have been awarded this special Business Award through Glasgow Chamber of Commerce (sponsored by RBS). It is a very important award for us that shows our clients and partners that we practice what we preach (being a people focussed consultancy) and gives us recognition internally for demonstrating best practice in what we do."

Here’s a link to the Fair Work Framework, if you are interested in enhancing your culture or looking to increase productivity through your people.

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