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TO AVOID A mad rush for bargains, sales of samples are carefully organised by staff at Gratterpalm. The advertising agency in Leeds lets employees have samples left over from photoshoots in return for a donation to charity; last year, this raised more than £1,000 for Wheatfields hospice. The agency lists Asda, Greggs and B&Q among its clients so there are plenty of samples to go around — and there's no danger of sharp elbows at the sales ruining the atmosphere. It is brimming with team spirit, scoring 90% positive for My Team, in 13th place on this survey. Colleagues go out of their way to help (91%, eighth) and care about each other (92%). The staff of 141 included 42 new joiners last year, so the focus has been on team-building. The mood in the company is upbeat, reflecting its rise from 51st place in 2011 to 30th in our list this year. Gratterpalm has moved to the “greenest” office in Leeds, with rainwater from the roof used to flush the lavatories. Anyone can add to the office's music playlist, and everyone looks forward to the managing director's doughnut trolley run.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Team

98% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

The company's comprehensive internal training schedule supports the specific requirements of their employees in a way that an external provider couldn't necessarily do, as it is so specific to their business, run by people within the business. They have a true knowledge sharing focused approach, which helps to keep costs down, but has proven to be highly successful with increased percentage scores in their annual employee survey for Training & Development. It has raised skill levels across the business and supports the development plans of all employees, as it provides employees with the opportunities to learn new skills and gain further understanding of industry relevant information.

Leadership

97% of staff agreed

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

The company's recognition strategy is rolled out and communicated to all managers through workshops and guidelines. This includes recognising individual achievements privately and publically e.g through 6 weekly G Forces and the annual Grafter Awards ceremony, as well as monthly Platinum Parking awards, Massages of the Month and Spin the Wheel prizes for people who have been nominated. Managers have the 'Recognition Tool Kit' as a guide and have the ability to spend a set budget on recognising individuals and teams. Everyone in the agency can nominate people through the gratitude boards, which are on public display, and all have easy access to the Thank you cards, which can be personally written and distributed in a timely manner.

Personal Growth

96% of staff agreed

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

The company's comprehensive internal training schedule supports the specific requirements of their employees in a way that an external provider couldn't necessarily do, as it is so specific to their business, run by people within the business. They have a true knowledge sharing focused approach, which helps to keep costs down, but has proven to be highly successful with increased percentage scores in their annual employee survey for Training & Development. It has raised skill levels across the business and supports the development plans of all employees, as it provides employees with the opportunities to learn new skills and gain further understanding of industry relevant information.

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Employees earning £35k+
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Holidays

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Pensions

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Private Healthcare

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Women in Senior Management

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