The team behind the OpenBlend performance platform

Our team is committed to supporting and working with our clients to drive business results.

Our Mission

We strive to demonstrate that high performing workforces are a result of simply connecting performance management and performance enablement.

Our Values

We live and breathe these values and commit to uphold them in everything we do.

Be the best version of yourself. There is always a solution. Hustle to get it done. We are in it together. Dream big

About OpenBlend

OpenBlend combines performance management & performance enablement with coaching techniques to drive employee productivity and business results in one tool. 

Our performance management tool is designed for today’s workforce valuing effective conversations, aligned objective setting, work life blend drivers and wellbeing to be truly people-centric.

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News Articles

You know what’s great? When your expertise is covered by leading publications. It demonstrates that we must know our stuff, right?

Browse articles and videos from across the web that are contributed to by, or mention, OpenBlend.

Trust Your Employees

Trust Your Employees

15 April 2020

Businesses must ensure that trust is front and centre when managing remote teams – but a lack of faith in employees could be holding organisations back as homeworking becomes the new norm in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to insight from leading talent acquisition specialist, Guidant Global.

Click below to read more from The Global Recruiter.

Will WFH destroy your career?

Will WFH destroy your career?

2 October 2020

For younger workers especially, working from home represents missed opportunities for learning and development, while the 'democratisation' of work means there’s little need for hierarchies and elevation through the traditional agency ranks.

Click below to read more from Campaign US.

Creating a ‘better’ normal

Creating a ‘better’ normal

23 September 2020

Everyone is talking about the ‘new normal’. But should we really be talking about a better normal? In this article, we explore what a better normal could look like for businesses in the near future – and identify the secret weapon that every business will need to make it happen.

Click below to read more from Elite Business Magazine.

Employee vs commercial needs: Why you can’t have one without the other

Employee vs commercial needs: Why you can’t have one without the other

1st September 2020

Productivity in the UK is in decline. But if businesses start to focus on employee needs, I believe they have the power to turn the tide. Here’s what every business needs to know about the relationship between employee needs and business success.

Click below to read more from theHRDIRECTOR.

Employee vs commercial needs: Why you can’t have one without the other

Employee vs commercial needs: Why you can’t have one without the other

14th August 2020

Productivity in the UK is in decline. But if businesses start to focus on employee needs, I believe they have the power to turn the tide. Here’s what every business needs to know about the relationship between employee needs and business success.

Click below to read more from HR News.

Employee vs commercial needs: Why you can’t have one without the other

Employee vs commercial needs: Why you can’t have one without the other

12th August 2020

Productivity in the UK is in decline. But if businesses start to focus on employee needs, I believe they have the power to turn the tide. Here’s what every business needs to know about the relationship between employee needs and business success.

Click below to read more from Employer News.

Dancing in the Moment with Anna Rasmussen

Dancing in the Moment with Anna Rasmussen

4th August 2020

Barefoot Coaching CEO, Kim Morgan interviews people from the world of coaching.

During the Dancing in the Moment podcasts, Kim sits down with people she admires and respects - talking about their story, approach and their insights into coaching.

Click below to listen to this podcast from Barefoot Coaching.

Goodbye to managing ‘at work’

Goodbye to managing ‘at work’

23rd June 2020

More people may be working remotely but we still need to manage effectively, says Anna Rasmussen. The UK is going to have a larger remote workforce in the future, and it poses a challenge for managers. Here are some gains and losses brought about by a switch to remote working, and what they mean for people-centric management. 

Click below to read more from Training Journal.

Goodbye to managing ‘at work’

Goodbye to managing ‘at work’

23rd June 2020

More people may be working remotely but we still need to manage effectively, says Anna Rasmussen. The UK is going to have a larger remote workforce in the future, and it poses a challenge for managers. Here are some gains and losses brought about by a switch to remote working, and what they mean for people-centric management. 

Click below to read more from The Business Transformation Network.

Five things managers must now do differently

Five things managers must now do differently

21st June 2020

Lockdown may be gradually coming to an end, but remote working is here to stay. It’s going to create a whole new set of demands for managers, and many will see their roles change dramatically in the near future.

Click below to read more from the HRDIRECTOR.

“OpenBlend is THE tool for remote management at this moment in time”

“OpenBlend is THE tool for remote management at this moment in time”

20th April 2020

We caught up with Adam Davies from Gymshark, who talked about how OpenBlend is supporting their people to stay connected, positive and productive, wherever they are.

Click below to read more from The Business Transformation Network.

Don’t let your star players burn out

Don’t let your star players burn out

16th March 2020

Every business has one. The team player, the problem solver, the multitasker. That person who gets things done, whatever the task. The one who is always willing to go the extra mile and never seems to say no.

People like this are brilliant – but be warned. They might always seem happy to chip in, but do you really know what they’re thinking and feeling about their role?

Click below to read more from The Business Transformation Network.

Don’t let your star players burn out

No one needs a pool table. Everyone needs to talk.

14th February 2020

We’ve seen a lot of measures by businesses to try to make their employees ‘happy’. Since 2015, the number of perks offered by businesses has grown more than 160%, according to newly released statistics by Indeed. They are all great ways to attract new staff to a business. But do they really do anything to make them stay?

Click below to read more from The Business Transformation Network.

Adopting a people-first strategy is the secret to driving employee performance in 2020

Adopting a people-first strategy is the secret to driving employee performance in 2020

11th February 2020

In January 2020, Guidant Global hosted a breakfast event in partnership with OpenBlend, ‘Driving performance with a people-first strategy: Using wellbeing and inclusion to drive employee performance in 2020'‘ exploring how a people-first strategy can help to deliver significant business benefits.

The core takeaway of a survey from this session was that 82% of businesses have made improving their people-first approach a core priority within their organisations for 2020.

Click below to read more from Guidant Global.

82% of businesses to focus on improving their people-first approach

82% of businesses to focus on improving their people-first approach

5th February 2020

In a survey by Guidant Global and OpenBlend, it was revealed that 82% of businesses have made improving their people-first approach a core priority within their organisations for 2020, and a further 71% saying they are focusing on emerging talent to boost future pipelines.

Click below to read more from TALiNT International.

High-tech ways to keep employees happy

High-tech ways to keep employees happy

13th September 2019

Half-price cinema tickets, cycle to work schemes and gym passes have long been part of employee benefits programmes.

But with research showing 84% of millennials look to leave their jobs within the first two years, employers want to tailor their perks packages to their employees' needs.

Emerging technologies such as data analytics, chatbots, and wearables can help employers know which benefits resonate with employees.

Click below to read more from BBC News

Let’s talk about being open at work

Let’s talk about being open at work

August 2019

Guidant Global’s business strategy is quite simple: People Lead Growth. This means we rely on our talented people to take the wheel and drive our business forward. In the words of our Managing Director, Karina Townley, “We can’t do that without doing the right thing by those people”.

In 2015, they made the decision to move away from annual appraisals and roll out OpenBlend, with 88% of managers feeling that they could have more meaningful conversations with their teams as a result.

Click below to read more from Guidant Global.

Empowering employees through personal development tech

Empowering employees through personal development tech

17th July 2019

What is the true potential of HR and how can technology help us to achieve it?

In this installment of HRD Connect’s Tech Founders series, Anna Rasmussen, Founder, Open Blend, makes the case for personal development technology as a key source of motivation for employees and a major driver of business success.

Click below to read more from HRD Connect.