The Fit4BusinessGrowth Model aims to support the performance of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) with the potential and aspiration to achieve average annualised growth in the number of employees or in turnover greater than 20% a year, over a three-year period.

The Fit4BusinessModel brings together three different concepts:

Wellness in Business;
High Performance Work Practices;
High Growth Business Coaching

Wellness in Business (WiB)

WiB is simply a set of coordinated strategies and actions that support the mental and physical health, safety and wellbeing of people in the leading to enhance performance and productivity.

High Performance Work Practices (HPWP)

HPWP is a ‘a general approach to managing organisations that aims to stimulate more effective employee involvement and commitment in order to achieve high levels of performance. [They are] designed to enhance the discretionary effort employees put into their work, and to fully utilise … the skills that they possess’ (Belt and Giles, 2009)

High Growth Business Coaching (HGBC)

HGBC is a specialist form of coaching designed specifically to support small and medium size enterprises (SME) seeking or experience rapid year on year growth.

Background

 

The F4BG Model comprises three levels.

  • Level 1: High Level Descriptors (i.e. organisational practices)

    There are 16 High Level Descriptors and they represent organisational practices. There are 4 High Level Descriptors for each of the 4 complimentary bundles.

  • Level 2: Functional Level Descriptors (i.e. concrete actions)

    There are 48 Functional Level Descriptors; they describe the concrete actions that make up the High Level Descriptors.

  • Level 3: Hands-on Level Descriptors (i.e. associated behaviours)

    There are 48 Hands-on Level Descriptors: they are the behaviours that underpin the Level 2 Functional Level Descriptors. The behaviours are used to benchmark small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and to provide a starting point for implementing the F4BG Model.

 

F4BG Model Design
Figure 1: The Fit4BusinessGrowth Model Design

The Level 3 Hands-on Level Descriptors (i.e. associated behaviours) are not depicted within the Model, but are included in Appendix 1 (note: this will be a downloading file). It includes a full description of the Model covering:

  • Level 1: High Level Descriptors (i.e. organisational practices)
  • Level 2: Functional Level Descriptors (i.e. concrete actions)
  • Level 3: Hands-on Level Descriptors (i.e. associated behaviours)

The F4BG Model is built around 4 complimentary bundles of practices related to High Performance Work Practice (HPWP) and Wellness in Business (WiB). The 4 complimentary bundles of practices are:

  • High Employee Involvement Practices
  • Human Resource Practices
  • Wellness in Business Practices
  • Recognition and Commitment Practices

Each row of the F4BG Model represents one of the 4 complimentary bundles. The top row represents ‘High Employee Involvement Practices’; the second row represents ‘Human Resource Practices’etc., shown in Figure 2.

The green arrow of the F4BG logo represents the 8 Core Practices of the Model – considered as essential practices (i.e. the green cells): the remaining cells represent the 8 Secondary Practices (i.e. the white cells).

 

High Level Descriptors
Figure 2: The F4BG Core and Secondary Practices

Level 1: High Employee Involvement Practices comprises: 3 Core Practices (i.e. Engagement, Effective Communication and High Performance Leadership) and 1 Secondary practice (i.e. Organisation Climate). Figure 3 below shows the Level 2 concrete actions for each of the High Level Descriptors.

 

High Employee Involvement Practices
Figure 3: Level 1: High Employee Involvement Practices and Level 2 Concrete Practices

Level 1: Human Resources Practices comprises: 2 Core Practices (i.e. Team-working and Skills Development) and 2 Secondary practices (i.e. Performance Feedback and Coaching). Figure 4below shows the Level 2 concrete actions for each of the High Level Descriptors.

 

Level 1: Human Resources Practices comprises: 2 Core Practices (i.e. Wellness and Mindfulness and Employee Welfare) and 2 Secondary Practices (i.e. Health & Safety and Work Life Balance). Figure 5 below shows the Level 2 concrete actions for each of the High Level Descriptors.

 

Level 1: Recognition and Commitment Practices comprises: 1 Core Practice (i.e. Recognition at Work) and 3 Secondary Practices (i.e. Advancement, Motivation at Work and Flexible Workforce). Figure 6 below shows the Level 2 concrete actions for each of the High Level Descriptors.

 

Human Resources Practices
Figure 4: Level 1: High Employee Involvement Practices and the associated Level 2 Concrete Practices
Wellness in Business Practices
Figure 5: Level 1: Wellness in Business Practices and the associated Level 2 Concrete Practices
Wellness in Business Practices
Figure 6: Level 1: Recognition and Commitment Practices and the associated Level 2 Concrete Practices
F4BG Model: Mind Map
Wellness in Business Practices
The Model