MEC

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PEOPLE WERE CERTAINLY camera-ready at this media communications agency's Christmas bash. The firm hired Lifetime television network's Glam Squad to offer its 497 employees hair, make-up, massage or manicure services, and block-booked two whole restaurants in the Shard. Set up in 2003, the London-based company has increased revenues for five years running. Led by chief executive Jason Dormieux, it is a subsidiary of advertising conglomerate WPP, which was founded by Sir Martin Sorrell. Its motto is to help its folk thrive, and they do. A collaborative approach to working means My Team is the strongest aspect of life here, a 78% positive score on this factor. People feel colleagues in their group care for one another (82%) and go out of their way to be helpful (80%). They also value the way the operation supports the local community (63%), with a quarter of staff volunteering for good causes. The firm partners with organisations such as Crisis and Centrepoint to help homeless people rebuild their lives, and it has also launched its first apprenticeship scheme. www.mecglobal.co.uk

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Giving Something Back

94% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

This year MEC introduced ‘Town Hall' sessions to boost team interaction and communication. As part of the staff survey feedback employees provided the company with, it was clear that they get a great deal of value and enjoyment from the all staff ‘MEC in Motion' company meeting sessions. However, they asked for more regular company updates as the MEC in Motion meetings are 3 months apart and things move quickly around here. The Management Board thought quite hard about the best way to do this, not wanting to resort to email communication as the obvious route. As a result, they introduced Town Hall. This is a new update session held in the open office space covering off any pressing agency, industry, client and people news. No slides or fanfare, just senior people from the management team updating people on important and interesting news, real time. They also introduced Collaboration Coffees as part of their initiative to embed behaviours and improve perceptions of approachability of the Management Board, again responding to staff survey feedback. This is an opportunity for anyone at any level to sit down for a coffee and informally talk about the agency, obtain career advice, tips on leadership or anything else they wish to discuss. MEC ask people to share their Collaboration Coffee time with everyone on the MEC social media channels.

My Team

91% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

MEC offer learning and development opportunities at all levels throughout the organisation to appeal to all learning styles, from soft skill practical training in presentation and negotiation skills, to e-learning training on digital technical skills, to experiential learning through charity opportunities, language lessons and Thrive projects. They take their commitment to learning seriously in terms of budget investment and time, to ensure MEC offers opportunities to thrive. MEC have a focus on everyone educating each other, whether that's through Big Breakfast where teams share pitch work in an informal setting, or the annual EXPO, a day when the agency stops for a series of talks and workshops on different pieces of work, tech or learnings. Creative champions who attended ‘Upping Your Elvis' creativity training last year continue to run sessions for the agency on creativity and creative brainstorming. They want to ensure that everyone gets the opportunity to learn and develop their skills no matter what level they are. Everyone gets the opportunity to sit a variety of IPA qualifications and they offer leadership training at all levels throughout the agency. Graduates and apprentices have a full training programme to complement their journey with the company, which kicks off with an experiential team building exercise on the streets of London. MEC's management team spent a week at a residential course earlier this year learning advanced sales and influencing techniques to help them work better with clients.

Personal Growth

91% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

This year MEC introduced ‘Town Hall' sessions to boost team interaction and communication. As part of the staff survey feedback employees provided the company with, it was clear that they get a great deal of value and enjoyment from the all staff ‘MEC in Motion' company meeting sessions. However, they asked for more regular company updates as the MEC in Motion meetings are 3 months apart and things move quickly around here. The Management Board thought quite hard about the best way to do this, not wanting to resort to email communication as the obvious route. As a result, they introduced Town Hall. This is a new update session held in the open office space covering off any pressing agency, industry, client and people news. No slides or fanfare, just senior people from the management team updating people on important and interesting news, real time. They also introduced Collaboration Coffees as part of their initiative to embed behaviours and improve perceptions of approachability of the Management Board, again responding to staff survey feedback. This is an opportunity for anyone at any level to sit down for a coffee and informally talk about the agency, obtain career advice, tips on leadership or anything else they wish to discuss. MEC ask people to share their Collaboration Coffee time with everyone on the MEC social media channels.

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Employees earning £35k+
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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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