Association for Project Management

We’re the chartered body for the project profession and provide membership, qualifications, events and publications for project professionals.
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Staying connected as an organisation during the pandemic has been vital for the health and wellbeing of employees at the Association for Project Management (APM). To replicate watercooler moments, socialising with colleagues and the general office buzz, the Buckinghamshire-based charity introduced a raft of initiatives from creating a staff Instagram for fun photos and competitions to virtual walks, coffee mornings and wellbeing sessions, many organised by a dedicated lockdown social committee.

Established in 1972 with just 78 members, APM is the only chartered body for the project profession in the world and today has more than 30,000 members and 500 corporate partners around the globe. Through its work, which includes delivering education, developing qualifications, conducting research and running events, APM aims to inspire communities to deliver meaningful change by advancing the art, science, theory and practice of project management.

Living up to its commitment to being friendly and thoughtful, chief executive Debbie Dore and the leadership team have worked hard to make sure staff feel valued and motivated by offering support, encouragement and reassurance amid the uncertainty and challenges of the last year.

As well as ensuring regular communications through virtual town hall meetings, newsletters and team meetings, Dore has sent emails keeping staff updated on changes as they occur and encouraged employees to interact and support each other. She also holds informal coffee clubs with staff and hosted the interactive Christmas quiz which was attended by more than 90% of staff.

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My Company

83% of staff agreed

I love working for this organisation

At Christmas, APM organised a series of events from virtual truffle making and origami to a scavenger hunt and bingo. Everyone received a Christmas voucher as well as a small Christmas treat through the post, accompanied by a personalised card from the chief executive and Leadership Team.

Personal Growth

70% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

Training and development has continued during the pandemic with a focus on activities and programmes to help employees cope with the challenges experienced including working from home, work/life balance and wellbeing. Personal development days run by employees have also taken place offering a mix of work and non-work topics.

Giving Something Back

87% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Employees supported their local Good Neighbour Schemes by collecting prescriptions and doing food shopping and deliveries during the pandemic. The Great APM (Virtual) Bake-Off raised more than £120 for Macmillan Cancer Research while
the virtual Save the Children Christmas jumper day brought in over £200.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1972
Total number of employees
1
Number of UK locations
40
Employee average age
30% : 70%
Male : Female employee ratio
50%
Employees earning £35k+
4%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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Quote from the top...
“We’re hugely proud to have achieved a 1 Star accreditation from Best Companies. As a chartered body, we’re passionate about helping people to be at their best. Moving from being ‘one to watch’ is very significant in this respect. In a year that has posed such challenges, it has never been more important to invest in our people, support our teams and promote a positive working culture. The significant progress made is a testament to the fantastic efforts of our staff who are helping us on this ongoing journey. I have no doubt their hard work and dedication will help us continue to improve in future.”

Debbie Dore, CEO - Association for Project Management

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