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IT IS EASY to be green at Aquamarine Power (89% positive). The wave energy company in Edinburgh makes a real difference to the world, say its 60 staff (89%). Engineers, like the tides, don't clock in or out. "If the surf is good, the surfers have flexibility to leave early," the firm says. Martin McAdam, the chief executive, sends a "weekly wave" email to keep people in the loop. www.aquamarinepower.com

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

96% of staff agreed

I am excited about where this organisation is going

Aquamarine Power believes everyone's voice should be heard, whether it's coming up with a new idea or feeling able to challenge the status quo. As part of their commitment to genuinely listen to staff, Aquamarine Power has conducted bi-annual anonymous staff surveys for three years. This has proved a highly effective way of listening to staff and has allowed the company to make business improvements based on staff feedback. Participation in the staff surveys has consistently been between 95 and 100% which demonstrates the value staff place on this opportunity to give their views. In addition to their surveys, the company also hold regular focus groups and workshops to explore issues raised within the survey in more detail. They also listen to staff queries, which can be raised anonymously at their All Staff Update – a monthly get-together, which encourages two-way communication and is the cornerstone of their staff engagement strategy.

My Company

96% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

CSR is integral to the unique culture at Aquamarine Power where they ensure their staff can thrive and have fun while making a significant contribution to the wider community and socio-economic climate. 100% of employees were proud of the CSR activities the company was involved in according to the Staff Survey in December 2010. Since then they have strived to improve CSR on an internal, local and global scale; building partnerships with RSPB, Engineering Aid and the Marine Conservation Society, funded a six-month internship to establish a robust model to analyse their carbon footprint and life cycle analysis and setting the standard for wave energy site consenting with focus on community consultation. Aquamarine Power has a broad framework of activities involving sport, social activity, environmental initiatives, charitable and community contributions, and supplier partnerships. They promote charitable working by supporting staff to take paid time off to do voluntary work.

Personal Growth

95% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Aquamarine Power believes their people are their company and that fulfilled people lead to a successful company. They value learning, sharing expertise and expanding their knowledge and skills. As such, they are committed to a range of initiatives which develop their people professionally and personally. One of the key initiatives which they have introduced to support employee development is their accredited professional development programme, which is designed to help the company's young engineers achieve Chartered status. Almost 30% of their staff are involved in the scheme and it provides a framework for the development of the company's junior staff who are mentored by senior members of staff. The main objectives of the scheme are to ensure that young engineers develop the technical and business competence, innovation and interpersonal skills required to contribute to the company's success and to achieve corporate membership of the IMechE and registration with the Engineering Council.

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Holidays

Companies offering a minimum of 26 days annual leave to all employees.

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