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IF YOU KEPT your eyes peeled on the streets of London in the past few months you may have seen jet-washed messages on pavements advertising for new recruits for GCHQ. If you missed them, then life as a spy is likely not for you. The campaign was the brainchild of London-based corporate human resources provider Penna, which in November won the contract to recruit 1,900 people for the British intelligence agency. Two months previously, four UK universities engaged the firm to find employees for them. The agency went on to win a hat-trick of industry awards by the year's end. Penna's staff believe that working closely together is important, with the My Team question scoring 82% positive. People say their colleagues would go out of their way to help them (84%) and reckon that work is fun (83%). Initiatives such as hiring a West End director to teach staff to sing for a company business launch no doubt enhance the feelgood factor. Employees feel inspired from the top down, starting with chief executive Gary Browning (75%), who is seen as an approachable leader who attends every evening session of each company-wide staff introductory event. Penna's managers are both visible and accessible (82%, ranked 25th). www.penna.com

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93% of staff agreed

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

All employees have access to professional coaching and are assigned a mentor from within the business. Penna's People Manager Group meets quarterly and is led by the MD. This group works together to support people management in the business and to support one another with their people management role and responsibilities. Good leadership is a core tenet of the overall brand, along with the client experience and colleague experience; therefore the company believe it is essential that they maintain the standards of the leadership behaviours they have established. Each Penna Leader is asked to gather personal feedback on how they are performing. They do this by consulting their direct reports and anyone else whom they have led as part of projects they have undertaken in the last 12 months. Managers are then required to attend a one-hour training session where they learn how to give and receive feedback in the best and most respectful way. Managers then attend a feedback session with their own Line Manager, who shares and walks through the feedback to identify and maximise on strengths and also build upon any development areas.

My Team

91% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

All employees have access to professional coaching and are assigned a mentor from within the business. Penna's People Manager Group meets quarterly and is led by the MD. This group works together to support people management in the business and to support one another with their people management role and responsibilities. Good leadership is a core tenet of the overall brand, along with the client experience and colleague experience; therefore the company believe it is essential that they maintain the standards of the leadership behaviours they have established. Each Penna Leader is asked to gather personal feedback on how they are performing. They do this by consulting their direct reports and anyone else whom they have led as part of projects they have undertaken in the last 12 months. Managers are then required to attend a one-hour training session where they learn how to give and receive feedback in the best and most respectful way. Managers then attend a feedback session with their own Line Manager, who shares and walks through the feedback to identify and maximise on strengths and also build upon any development areas.

My Manager

89% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

All employees have access to professional coaching and are assigned a mentor from within the business. Penna's People Manager Group meets quarterly and is led by the MD. This group works together to support people management in the business and to support one another with their people management role and responsibilities. Good leadership is a core tenet of the overall brand, along with the client experience and colleague experience; therefore the company believe it is essential that they maintain the standards of the leadership behaviours they have established. Each Penna Leader is asked to gather personal feedback on how they are performing. They do this by consulting their direct reports and anyone else whom they have led as part of projects they have undertaken in the last 12 months. Managers are then required to attend a one-hour training session where they learn how to give and receive feedback in the best and most respectful way. Managers then attend a feedback session with their own Line Manager, who shares and walks through the feedback to identify and maximise on strengths and also build upon any development areas.

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