Our purpose at Byrne Dean is kinder, fairer, more productive workplaces. Just under three years ago we were asked whether we wanted to help support and promote the Mindful Business Charter, a movement of businesses looking to remove the unnecessary stress from the ways we work, the interactions we have within and between our organisations, so as to create healthier and more effective ways of working. We jumped at the chance.
On Thursday last week MBC celebrated its third anniversary, welcoming 12 new members:
- Lottery operator Allwyn
- PR specialists The Branscombe Group
- Canadian law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
- Global corporate services provider Centralis
- Municipal authority the City of London Corporation (their legal team)
- Law firm Clyde and Co
- Baltic law firm COBALT
- Recruitment specialists Contract Scotland
- Financial services group Mastercard (their legal team)
- Law firm Sharpe Pritchard LLP
- Law firm Taylor Wessing
- Professional search and recruitment firm The SR Group
These new signatories continue to broaden the sectoral impact of the Charter in the UK and internationally and bring the number of signatories to 92. These organisations do not claim to have got all the answers but they are working and learning together, sharing best practices as well as challenges, to make meaningful and sustainable change to improve the ways in which we work.
If we are honest we know that the ways we work can be harmful and inefficient – we know things could be done better. But we grew up in organisations where we were told it is just the way it is, we can’t change it, you just have to suck it up, and anyway it was good enough for me so it is good enough for you. MBC is about challenging those assumptions and daring to change the status quo. To quote Barack Obama – “Change does not happen while we sit around waiting for the right person, or the right time. We are the people we have been waiting for.”
If you are interested in finding out more about MBC, and being part of the change, please visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.