Assael Architecture

An architectural practice designing places that transform lives for the better, recognised for our exceptional designs, our reliability and our integrity.
http://www.assael.co.uk

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As an Employee Ownership Trust, Assael Architecture’s ethos is ‘to provide an environment that promotes respect, integrity, transparency and collaboration between all staff at all levels’.  

The pandemic has only highlighted Assael’s culture and these values have underpinned what they’ve been doing to keep staff well, motivated and engaged.

Assael provide continual IT support and budgets for chairs, desks and monitors for homeworking along with Covid-safe office opened after the first lockdown, enabling staff to work from the office if struggling with mental health.

The organisation sends out newsletters (at least weekly) with transparent information, light-hearted ‘takeovers’ and creative challenges. Also weekly team catch-ups and Friday socials on Zoom. Staff are consulted and invited to feedback on all decisions, for example on pay reductions or feelings on an office return.

Assael has many wellbeing initiatives including; regular HR check-ins, monthly ‘Tea & Talks’, time off in lieu to ensure work/life balance, fortnightly furloughed forums, fortnightly resource meetings and cross-team collaboration; this, plus staff suggestions, led to everyone, including directors, being on part-time furlough. This ensured wellbeing wasn’t jeopardised by either long hours or being furloughed full-time  

The organisation promotes flexible working to work around childcare or the best routine that works for them; some are night owls, others are early birds and organises charitable activities that continued to help boost wellbeing by helping others, with virtual quizzes, running challenges and ‘Battle of the Studios’ with points awarded for charitable deeds and exercise.

Assael is known for their longstanding benefits – career development, bonuses, enhanced maternity and paternity, trips abroad, and five and ten-year service awards – but the most significant ‘benefit’ has been their EOT ethos – they’re all in this together.

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Giving Something Back

99% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

The Sustainability Group at Assael Architecture helps to maintain the ISO14001 certification achieved in 2016, and push forward greener initiatives, including organising the annual Green Week that engages employees, clients and consultants in tackling environmental issues.

Leadership

95% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

The Sustainability Group at Assael Architecture helps to maintain the ISO14001 certification achieved in 2016, and push forward greener initiatives, including organising the annual Green Week that engages employees, clients and consultants in tackling environmental issues.

Personal Growth

95% of staff agreed

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

The Sustainability Group at Assael Architecture helps to maintain the ISO14001 certification achieved in 2016, and push forward greener initiatives, including organising the annual Green Week that engages employees, clients and consultants in tackling environmental issues.

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Quote from the top...

“Engagement is part of our DNA. We understand that achieving business success requires a dedicated and happy team, which is why we became an Employee Ownership Trust.  

I interview every individual to ensure they share our values, and from day one, they’re made to feel part of the team with welcome lunches, a mentor, weekly Friday drinks (albeit currently on Zoom!), sporting socials and fundraising events, and a one-month chat with me to make sure they’re fitting in.  

This all goes alongside transparent communication with my weekly announcements to all staff, ensuring everyone is engaged and committed to achieving our shared vision.”

John Assael, Chairman - Assael Architecture

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