A happy workplace is a productive workplace, but how do you solve the problem of making a workforce happy? Well, a group of Year 5 and 6 students form Northwold Primary School and Grange Primary School in East London had lots of ideas when they visited UBS at the start of October!

Rewarding employees

Students focussed on rewarding employees as the key to motivation, explaining that rewards are important because employees ‘need to feel appreciated so they can work harder and are encouraged’. Just like how Golden Time at school can motivate students, employees need a reason to focus.

Throughout the day students completed a series of team activities to plan a rewards event for staff at UBS. Teams varied in their opinions regarding what rewards staff would like the most; the team Determined Designers decided to provide staff with a trophy as ‘if we give money, it will be spent, but if we give a trophy it will last a lifetime’, whereas the team Fabulous Five landed on the idea of a holiday for staff ‘to give employees a chance to rest and revive’.

In order to reach all staff students planned a celebration in which they could give out the rewards, as after all not everyone can get a trophy or a holiday. Again, the range and variety of was astounding, as was the articulacy with which they were communicated.

Team activities

At the end of the day, in the last of their team activities, students presented their ideas to their clients; the employees of UBS. The imaginative and eloquent students from the winning team Banking Banqueters explained that they would have ‘delicious cuisine’ and that the event would be ‘specifically catered to the wonderful employees of UBS and their high-end specifications’. Who ever said flattery doesn’t get you anywhere?

After all the team activities students reflected on the day. One Year 6 student from Northwold was proud of how she had developed her ‘communication and listening skills’.

The employees from UBS were also very proud of the students they had worked with all day, and impressed with the progress students had made in their communication. They noted how the students had ‘gained confidence’, and that they ‘loved the language used and the presentation style’. Well done and thank you to all involved!

UBS are supporting students to develop their enterprise skills and building their aspirations for the future. If you would like to get your school involved, Contact Us.

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