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TO MARK A quarter century of providing dental care plans, staff at Denplan wore fancy dress for a 1980s-themed day and tucked into birthday cake last year. During the company's national conference in September, employees were treated to a bagpipe troupe, a speech by former Downing Street spin doctor Alastair Campbell and even a trip behind enemy lines to Cadbury World. Marking 25 years, Steve Gates, Denplan's managing director since 2001, said: "I firmly believe that a business is only as good as its people and Denplan could not ask for a more passionate, dedicated and professional team." The workforce of 348 people agrees. Staff say people in their teams go out of their way to help them, with a top 15 positive score of 81%. More than half of the workforce is aged 34 or younger and there is a strong family feel (77%). Set up in 1986 by two dentists, Denplan now has 6,500 dentist members across Britain caring for about 1.8m patients. Sales and helpline teams work from home with a head office in Winchester. Four out of eight senior directors were internal appointments, and everyone's development plan is reviewed twice a year. Managers do not do a lot of telling without listening (75%) and staff say they get plenty of support from bosses (78%). Questions regarding Denplan's dedication to Giving Something Back yield its highest factor ranking of 10th (72%) and staff give it a top score of 85% when asked if it does enough to protect the environment. They say the business genuinely cares about the environment (87%, a score beaten by just one other company.) It also makes it easy to be green (84%, ranked fourth). www.denplan.co.uk

Featured Workplace Factors

My Team

89% of staff agreed

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

Denplan undertake community actions that make Winchester a better place whether this is painting the local theatre, renovating a youth club or helping to clear ground so everyone can enjoy it.

My Company

87% of staff agreed

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

Denplan undertake community actions that make Winchester a better place whether this is painting the local theatre, renovating a youth club or helping to clear ground so everyone can enjoy it.

My Manager

85% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

Denplan has put processes in place to ensure that employees are given regular support. A monthly one-to-one form is completed which looks at successes, actions, any issues and also the ongoing support the employee needs. Managers, Supervisors and Coaches were trained in using these forms at a bi-annual business event. Managers then meet with their teams on a regular monthly basis and bi-annually through the formal appraisal process. This enables them to gain an understanding of their team's work-life balance. They are able to conduct flexible working meetings with HR Support, providing inventive solutions to requests.

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