DCSL GuideSmiths

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Nick Thompson, chief executive at software company DCSL GuideSmiths, soothed staff with his piano playing during company video calls last year — he would even take requests. The regular calls gave employees the chance to take time out and socialise. There were quizzes, staff playing instruments and people showing off their pets.

Staff at the company, which is fully remote, are also encouraged to keep fit by being offered discounted gym membership and home work-out equipment and clothing. Health and wellbeing benefits also include a round-the-clock GP, counselling and legal services.

DCSL designs bespoke, intelligent and cost-effective web, desktop and mobile applications that help streamline processes for businesses, as well as creating new revenue streams for start-ups and established businesses. Although it started more than 25 years ago, it began to expand rapidly when Thompson, who was an employee, bought the business from DCSL's previous owners.

It now has almost 100 employees across Europe, from juniors through to software industry veterans, who enjoy numerous benefits such as life insurance, critical illness cover, health care plans, best-in-class maternity and paternity leave, cycle to work schemes, additional annual leave and tastecard+ memberships.

Great value is put on showing appreciation to employees for hard work. DCSL has a monthly Unsung Hero award in which every employee is asked whether a colleague has been their Unsung Hero for that month. The board of directors scores every response and the employee with the highest score gets the accolade, receiving a trophy and vouchers.

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93% of staff agreed

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

An anonymous suggestion box allows staff to voice their opinions freely, without having to talk to someone. The company receives feedback from it every two weeks. A survey on employee satisfaction revealed that staff were missing the social aspect of working in the office. The company responded by giving staff £30 to buy a webcam.
My Manager

90% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

The company's Ella – 100 Days programme was developed for a customer, but DCSL liked it so much it decided to use it. It is a digital leadership development programme that provides the inspiration and practical tools needed to succeed in the first 100 days in a new management role.
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86% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

DCSL's chosen charity is the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, in Farnham, Surrey, near the company's HQ. All of its charity events raise funds for the hospice, along with donations that are made for every Best Companies survey completed.
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93% of staff agreed

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

An anonymous suggestion box allows staff to voice their opinions freely, without having to talk to someone. The company receives feedback from it every two weeks. A survey on employee satisfaction revealed that staff were missing the social aspect of working in the office. The company responded by giving staff £30 to buy a webcam.
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90% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

The company's Ella – 100 Days programme was developed for a customer, but DCSL liked it so much it decided to use it. It is a digital leadership development programme that provides the inspiration and practical tools needed to succeed in the first 100 days in a new management role.
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86% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

DCSL's chosen charity is the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, in Farnham, Surrey, near the company's HQ. All of its charity events raise funds for the hospice, along with donations that are made for every Best Companies survey completed.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1994
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
34
Employee average age
75% : 25%
Male : Female employee ratio
68%
Employees earning £35k+
21%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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We are a people business and our employees always come first. If our team feel happy, engaged and valued then that will be reflected in how our customers feel. We continue to develop our employee value proposition and aim to be best in class with employee engagement.

Nick Thompson, CEO

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