Olive

We provide world class innovative communications solutions across the four cornerstones of IT Infrastructure; Voice, Data, Mobility & Applications.
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To show employees what they have achieved against the odds during the pandemic, Olive Business Solutions put together the Olive Memory Booklet of fun posts – and staff love it. The fast-growing company, with headquarters in High Wycombe, says its best move to keep spirits high over the past year was to create a virtual staff room, where the leadership team provided exceptional support.

There was time to chat with daily coffee breaks and people shared stories, pictures and quotes of the day. The virtual staff room also hosted competitions for employees and their children as well as a weekly pub quiz and fancy dress Fridays. People have become more engaged, says the company, by supporting each other and recognising how their colleagues were affected in different ways.

The business helps organisations to focus on smarter ways of working, removing complexity and duplication. Under Martin Flicks, CEO since 2013, Olive has evolved from a traditional mobile communications provider to seamlessly bridge cloud, data and mobility services. The team of people providing its superb customer services have always been put first and some have described the company's virtual channels as a “lifeline”.

Engagement and wellbeing scores at Olive continue to rise above the industry average. Olive ran a specific survey among furloughed employees to see what it could do to minimise their isolation. The company is determined to make sure that individual development plans and career pathways will continue to grow with the company's expansion.

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My Company

99% of staff agreed

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

Ahead of a gradual return to the office, Olive has sent out survival packs containing a branded drinks bottle, face mask, branded hand sanitiser, Vitamin C and Zinc tablets and two packs of jellybeans – inside an Olive-branded canvas bag saying “Thanks for being awesome”.

Personal Growth

85% of staff agreed

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

Furloughed workers have been encouraged to complete product and technical training to enhance their skills and a number of people have achieved qualifications in the past year. Talent mapping across the business helps all employees to see where their role fits in and work towards new goals.

Wellbeing

82% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Everyone has access to a personal trainer to get fit – as well as free weekly Zumba and Pilates classes. For those who need extra support, Olive provides a professional counselling service. The business has offered flexibility to working parents and carers with extra responsibilities.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2003
Total number of employees
1
Number of UK locations
38
Employee average age
65% : 35%
Male : Female employee ratio
55%
Employees earning £35k+
13%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Long Service

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