Microsoft UK Ltd

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WHETHER EMPLOYEES WANT to try their hand at kite surfing or mountain biking, or would prefer a shopping weekend or theatre trip, Microsoft UK's nationwide sports and social clubs are sure to offer a subsidised event that tickles their fancy. As well as injecting some fun or relaxation and culture into staff's spare time, these activities are an opportunity for colleagues to get to know one another outside the office. The 2,625-strong workforce reports that working in teams gives them a buzz, returning a 70% positive score. Team-mates go out of their way to help each other (79%) at Microsoft, one of just two firms to feature in all 10 of our Best Companies annual lists. Managers at the global computer software, services and solutions organisation are allocated a "morale budget" to spend on events. Employees say that managers regularly express their appreciation when they do a good job (77%). Microsoft staff are among the happiest in the country with the training they receive. They believe the experience they gain from their job is valuable for their future, earning the firm an 81% score which is beaten by just one other company. The job is good for their personal growth (80%). About £1,500 is spent every year on each employee's professional development, amounting to roughly 95 hours of formal training. Employees think highly of their managers, reporting that they share important knowledge (76%), help staff fulfil their potential (70%) and offer support (75%). They talk openly and honestly (80%) and care about job satisfaction (73%). A mentoring programme encourages colleagues to learn from each other and, since it began five years ago, 15,500 Microsoft employees around the world have benefited. Flexible working options are available for everyone and staff are fully equipped with the technology they need to facilitate this. Microsoft provides case studies on those working flexibly to give employees an insight into what is involved. A top 10 score of 78% shows Microsoft's people find their work stimulating, and they are excited about the future of the firm (another 78% result). www.microsoft.com/uk

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My Company

92% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

Microsoft provide employees a career development framework with tools and guidance to understand the range of opportunities available. Employees are encouraged to have a development plan comprised of 70% growth activities relating to current job responsibilities, 20% coaching, mentoring and feedback and 10% reading, CDs, classes and seminars.

Personal Growth

91% of staff agreed

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

Microsoft encourages a culture of continuous feedback and recognition. Each department is able to implement awards as they see fit. Recognition currently in place includes star awards (thank you cards) and the ability to recognise colleagues through peer awards.

My Team

89% of staff agreed

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

Microsoft provide employees a career development framework with tools and guidance to understand the range of opportunities available. Employees are encouraged to have a development plan comprised of 70% growth activities relating to current job responsibilities, 20% coaching, mentoring and feedback and 10% reading, CDs, classes and seminars.

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