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THE ONLY SLAVES at Foolproof are managers, auctioned to do team members' bidding to raise £3,000 for Save the Children last year. This London-based “experience design” consultancy, which helps its clients create better digital services for their customers with the help of user research, gets a top-10 score for Leadership (90%). Senior managers don't just live the values of the firm (91%), they consult the workforce on what they should be. Last year, managing director Leslie Fountain asked the 57 employees to help define the agency's new mission and principles at the annual beach trip to the Norfolk coast, known as a “holy flow day”. A group of employees put on a Punch and Judy show to explore a problem in the business, making caricatures of the issue and their leaders. Joking aside, the firm is run on strong principles (93%). These include being “design thinkers”, driving change in the business world and society at large, and being brave and collaborative. Past projects include helping Direct Line make better iPhone applications for its insurance customers and people feel excited about where the company is going (93%). Last year everyone celebrated the 10th birthday of Foolproof with a night at Caistor Hall hotel in Norwich, and toasted the company's announcement of a new Singapore office. Colleagues care for each other (94%, fourth). The whole company upped sticks to Ibiza for three days last year to reward everyone's efforts and to relax together on the beach. Staff say their managers are not afraid of conflict if there are issues to sort out (85%, in 10th place) and team members feel comfortable telling their bosses if work is going badly (91%, seventh). They don't use intimidation to get what they want at work (90%). Staying up-to-date with technology and research is important in this business, so weekly sessions to share knowledge are enshrined in company custom. Employees feel proud to work for Foolproof (95%, sixth) and say it makes a difference to the world (83%).

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100% of staff agreed

I am excited about where this organisation is going

Foolproof is led by the Managing Director, Leslie Fountain. What is distinctive about her approach to management is how she applies her own and the company's values through all levels of the company. Leslie demonstrates how she expects people to work and behave by leading by example. Leslie is continuously on the office floor and sits within the open plan office, to support a true open door culture. Leslie takes opportunities to add her own touches to individuals' work and engages in creative discussions to broaden the employees' views on projects. In summary, Leslie's management style encourages Foolproofers to adapt a more open and creative approach to work as demonstrated by her.

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100% of staff agreed

I am inspired by the person leading this organisation

A particularly memorable and enjoyable social event that they recently held, was the Foolproof 10th Birthday Party. This was a really exciting time, where everyone, including ex-staff, was invited to spend the evening at Caistor Hall Hotel in Norfolk to celebrate with food, drink and accommodation expensed by the company. This was a memorable evening, where past, current and future successes were celebrated. This was also an opportunity for Management to announce the exciting news of the acquisition of their Singapore office!

My Manager

98% of staff agreed

My manager shares important knowledge and information with me

Foolproof is led by the Managing Director, Leslie Fountain. What is distinctive about her approach to management is how she applies her own and the company's values through all levels of the company. Leslie demonstrates how she expects people to work and behave by leading by example. Leslie is continuously on the office floor and sits within the open plan office, to support a true open door culture. Leslie takes opportunities to add her own touches to individuals' work and engages in creative discussions to broaden the employees' views on projects. In summary, Leslie's management style encourages Foolproofers to adapt a more open and creative approach to work as demonstrated by her.

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