Building Services Design (Cambridge) Ltd

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Building Services Design claims it is helping to build a greener world with a policy to reduce carbon energy use by clever construction— and its staff believe it is true to its word. The 63 employees say the engineering design consultancy does a lot to support the environment, with a positive score of 80% in our survey. They also say the firm makes a positive difference to the world we live in (73%). The company, set up in 1991, has clients ranging from the NHS and Cambridge University to retail chains such as Sainsbury's. Based in Corby, Northamptonshire, it aims to hit a £7m turnover in three years. But this expansion is guided by the principle of work hard and being nice to people. Staff say the firm does just that, and are happy with the balance of work and home life (76%), say their health doesn't suffer due to the job (87%) and aren't exhausted at the end of most days (65%, and the seventh highest result for this question). Employees haven't suffered work-related stress in the past year either (88%). The company has offices in London, Cambridge, Birmingham and Manchester, all of which offer free fresh fruit and drinks. Everyone can work flexitime, while new mothers have a generous 39 weeks off at full pay, the highest in our survey. Mechanical and electrical engineers are paid a typical £35,000 a year, and staff also have performance-related pay, which can be up to 10% of salary. Employees feel fairly paid for their responsibilities (73%), and for questions about Wellbeing, the company has a 76% overall score, ranking it in the top 20.

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My Company

92% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team

The company's mission statement and values are communicated in everything they do. They include these when recruiting for employees, and include this in their induction pack which is issued to employees when they first start with at BSD. As they implement these straight away when the employee starts with BSD - they find these are always embedded with the employees and are always communicated inside BSD and outside with their clients. They also have a staff intranet where this is collated and used to evidence this.

Personal Growth

100% of staff agreed

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

BSD encourage all employees to develop and enhance their CPD all the time, they regularly send employees on courses to enhance their professional knowledge including degrees, HNC, HNDs and such, all paid for by BSD. They also encourage employees to develop their interests outside the business, and they encourage this through charity involvement, they run events throughout the year which allows employees to enhance their skills and abilities and therefore supporting employee development, allowing them, for example, to improve communication skills. BSD also run regular CPD events with clients, enabling the employees to see other aspects of building services design, gather with other companies on the way they work, and bring innovations together

My Team

98% of staff agreed

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

BSD enable all managers and potential managers to coach and job shadow employees higher than them. They also run this for lower staff who wish to progress in the business at all levels, they are mentored and coached by the higher levelled employees. They have also created an external management course which six employees have attended, enabling them to learn new ways to manage and what methods to approach and use. Once completed, this will be used in-house and the experience will be shadowed along to other managers and seniors, to help progress the lower end employees. They believe coaching and mentoring is the best method, particularly in the M&E industry where nothing professional changes much, all the methods stay the same and it is the way in which you learn from others which is the best. Therefore, coaching lower people will provide them with the best possible approach to learn, along with mentoring which will enable them to pick up as they go along. They have performance reviews every 6 months and measure the performance of all employees, not just managers. The performance reviews involve objectives and measures to ensure that the managers are keeping in line with policies and procedures and that they achieve the objectives and aims set for them every 6 months.

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