GCS Recruitment Specialists Ltd

http://www.gcsltd.com

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EVERYONE WHO HAS has ever worked at the firm was named in a book produced last year to celebrate its 21st birthday. The 76 employees feel they have a great future, reflected in a positive score of 87%. The Reading-based firm, specialising in recruitment for IT, engineering and financial services, achieved a £31.5m turnover last year. GCS aims to nearly double that to £60m by 2015, and employees feel they can make a contribution to its success (91%). The company values taking responsibility for actions and recognising outstanding performance, and makes it clear what it expects of people (86%). Each year all staff sit down for a “vision” meeting to take stock and talk about next year's goals. The business, winner of our Innovation in Engagement Practice special award, has promised that if it meets annual targets this year GCS will take everyone on holiday, whether or not they meet personal goals. The workforce voted “overwhelmingly” to go to Ibiza. It has also promised to plant 21 trees for every week it hits its target. Staff believe GCS cares about the environment (88%, in 11th place, its highest ranking). Last year the business donated more than £26,000 to good causes. A new human resources department has been created to improve staff development, and employees find their training is of great personal benefit (79%). Opportunities to learn and grow feel unlimited (78%) and the company is more proactive than reactive (72%). GCS Academy graduates are encouraged to give feedback so the training system can evolve.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Company

97% of staff agreed

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

The company has plotted out a clear career path and expectations for employees based on the successes of numerous existing GCS workers. This allows the business to compare and contrast the performance of newcomers with people who have already come through the ranks. This allows the directors to set realistic, achievable and motivational minimum expectation levels for all staff. The company offers numerous on-track bonuses and competitions to reward successes individually and as teams. The business also increases the salary of management to recognise their extra responsibility and offers the opportunity to earn bonuses based on the performance of their team.

Giving Something Back

97% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Creating a dedicated Human Resources department for the first time in company history has allowed GCS to increase focus on employee development. Each area within HR is clearly defined and allows for a far more effective department, providing greatly improved employee development within GCS. The department comprises; A Human Resources Manager, overseeing all general matters of staffing and contractual affairs, as well as pastoral care of employees. An internal Recruitment Manager, whose purpose is to identify and engage the best prospects for the GCS Academy, as well as to source experienced recruiters and champion the potential of a career with GCS. A Training Manager, whose focus is the training of all GCS employees, from daily involvement with the members of the Academy, through to the organisation and involvement in delivery of the GCS Masterclass programme for resourcers, then the ongoing ad-hoc training of junior consultants and above. An Administration Manager who ensures smooth running of back-office function. This streamlining of responsibility has led to the training manager having more time to focus on individuals, as well as build stronger relationships with the company's selected external training experts to bespoke training for the specific needs of trainees. The company have also invested in the implementation of a sophisticated HR system, Cascade, to further increase the efficacy of the department for the benefit of all employees present and future. All job specifications have been rewritten, creating clarity of role responsibility, and transparent promotion targets have been documented and made available to all staff.

My Team

95% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Creating a dedicated Human Resources department for the first time in company history has allowed GCS to increase focus on employee development. Each area within HR is clearly defined and allows for a far more effective department, providing greatly improved employee development within GCS. The department comprises; A Human Resources Manager, overseeing all general matters of staffing and contractual affairs, as well as pastoral care of employees. An internal Recruitment Manager, whose purpose is to identify and engage the best prospects for the GCS Academy, as well as to source experienced recruiters and champion the potential of a career with GCS. A Training Manager, whose focus is the training of all GCS employees, from daily involvement with the members of the Academy, through to the organisation and involvement in delivery of the GCS Masterclass programme for resourcers, then the ongoing ad-hoc training of junior consultants and above. An Administration Manager who ensures smooth running of back-office function. This streamlining of responsibility has led to the training manager having more time to focus on individuals, as well as build stronger relationships with the company's selected external training experts to bespoke training for the specific needs of trainees. The company have also invested in the implementation of a sophisticated HR system, Cascade, to further increase the efficacy of the department for the benefit of all employees present and future. All job specifications have been rewritten, creating clarity of role responsibility, and transparent promotion targets have been documented and made available to all staff.

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