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PEOPLE HAVE FAITH in their jobs at Leap29. Our survey shows the 92 employees of this global recruitment business feel work is an important part of life, scoring 91% positive — in the top three small companies. The head count grew by more than half last year, to 92 people, but there is still a relaxed, family feel in the office in Wilmslow, Cheshire. The average age is 28, a little older than in some recruitment consultancies on the Best Companies list, and the firm helps people balance their work and home lives (83%, fifth). A mini baby boom last year “added seven new members to the Leap29 family”, the company says. New mothers are allowed 13 weeks at full pay on top of statutory maternity pay, while new dads get two weeks off at full pay. Mothers or fathers can work part-time for six months to ease back into their role after the birth. Employees don't feel they spend too much time working (76%), and deadlines are realistic (83%). More than three-quarters of people work from home sometimes and up to half use flexitime. They can improve their health through corporate membership of a local gym, the cycle-to-work scheme or evening sporting activities. Managers are quick to respond to signs of too much pressure (84%, a top 10 score). They have monthly meetings with their team members to help them fulfil their potential (87%, ninth), and their clear guidance every morning motivates people to give their best every day (83%). Everyone can take an extra day off each year to volunteer for charity under the Helping Hands scheme. Employees feel the business supports its local community (82%, fifth) and encourages charitable activities (94%) by matching any funds raised. Sales staff are rewarded through uncapped commission, and employees say the organisation doesn't take advantage of anyone (84%, seventh). A “make a difference” campaign singles out anyone who improves the wellbeing of peers and the company. Nominees get their name on a ping pong ball to go in the Christmas prize draw, and the winner gets £500 towards a holiday.

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My Company

99% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

At Leap29 they aim to develop their employees both personally and professionally. On the professional front; every employee that comes on board and joins their meritocratic career progression path with clear goals and targets to meet to further their career. As well as benefiting from award winning training and classroom based learning, each new team member will be assigned a senior mentor, someone who's been there and done it – who can guide them through the ups and downs as life as an intermediary. They believe that each team member is an individual who progresses at their own pace; with a clear program everyone knows what is expected of them. Although one of their four values is ‘Hard work' they realize that their team members place a huge importance on their own personal development, goals and aspirations. Each team member has the opportunity to meet with one of their directors at the start of the year to discuss these for the year ahead. Leap29 are also happy to support team members in developing specific skills and offer funding for external courses which will assist team members in their future development. . As well as focusing on management and work goals, future leaders are encouraged to create a Vision Board, with their short, medium and long term goals both for work and their personal life, helping them to visualise the future they want to achieve.

Giving Something Back

98% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

At Leap29 they run several initiatives that aim to enhance the wellbeing of their employees. From a physical health side they offer a ‘Cycle to Work' scheme which enables employees to get a financial gain from their participation in the scheme whilst also improving their health. They also offer support and guidance for people wanting to quit smoking and maintain a healthier life with the publication of a company magazine, ‘Leap Living'. From a psychological health perspective their ‘open door, open floor' policy enables dialogue with senior management which allows for positive communication throughout the workplace. They recognize the importance of community volunteering and the psychological effect that this has on employees. Their ‘Helping Hands' scheme provides all employees with the opportunity to get involved with their community and volunteering schemes and in return for their involvement Leap29 offer one extra paid days holiday per year. Looking at the social health side of wellbeing they continually consult all employees on their choice of charities to support throughout the year and support the nominated charities at various points during the year. Leap29 see and value the importance of involving families in company events and gatherings, throughout the year they host events that can be attended by both employees and their families which have helped create a sense of community within Leap29.

Leadership

95% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

All the managers within Leap29 will have been through a comprehensive, internal management course. This will provide them with the skills to recognise and identify the level of support different individuals will need to achieve what is expected of them. This training is regularly refreshed, often with new approaches to management considered. All employees of Leap29 receive regular refresher training sessions. These sessions cover core aspects of the job, to ensure all individuals are confident in all aspects of what they do in Leap29, enabling people to achieve their targets. They have a suggestion box which is an anonymous mechanism for individuals to suggest changes to the management team. This allows people to voice their opinions about their environment, company structure and any other issues that they may feel inhibit their ability to achieve their tasks.

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