Redgate Software

http://www.red-gate.com

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A RED GATE core principle is that “motivation isn't about carrots and sticks”. Constant supervision and criticism are incompatible with great work, say bosses at the Cambridge-based software development firm. When it comes to flexible working, the company trusts people to put in the hours; staff don't need to justify coming in at 11am one morning if they fancy a lie-in and, as a result, they do not feel under too much pressure at work to perform well (a 75% positive score) and are happy about the balance between their work and home lives (72%). Work deadlines are realistic (75%). More than 20% of the 259-strong workforce at Red Gate Software — previously a regular in the Best Small Company list — have been there for at least five years, the amount of service needed to earn a six-week paid sabbatical. Last year, the firm cut the hours of employee Sarah Grady, a Paralympian who plays in the Team GB wheelchair basketball team, and gave her a three-month career break. When women have a baby they receive a bunch of flowers and their baby is automatically enrolled in the company's private healthcare scheme. The mothers are also offered a maternity buddy to help them return to work. Managers do not take advantage of staff (84%, the top score) and ensure people have the resources they need to do their job (83%). Bosses get budgets to organise events and last year one team went to an indoor skydiving centre, while another had a more sedate trip to one of Cambridge University's colleges, where they enjoyed a champagne reception, three-course meal and murder mystery night. There is also a company day out every year, and last summer the firm organised its own Redstock festival, with activities including rock climbing, drumming lessons and plate spinning. When it comes to good causes, sleeping with your colleagues for charity has got to be pretty high up the list of innovative ways to do one's bit. On a particularly wet October night, Red Gaters attempted to doze off while huddled together in an office car park. This was Byte Night: Cambridge technology companies coming together to sleep rough to raise money for Action for Children. The firm wins our special award this year for Giving Something Back. Simon Galbraith, Red Gate's co-founder and joint chief executive, took an similarly offbeat approach when he wanted to address the firm's future. Dressed as a wizard and carrying a sword, he spoke while standing on a rock, accompanied by a smoke machine. He is regarded as running Red Gate on sound moral principles (81%).

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96% of staff agreed

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All of the company managers go through the core management training which is facilitated by experts in the various subjects. Specifically, managers get trained on transitioning into management, situational leadership, giving difficult feedback, coaching, running effective PDP sessions. The company think it's important for their managers to have a common language around management theories and how the company like to manage at Redgate as well as using their own style. New managers are given a training plan and an internal management buddy to talk through their experiences. Managers can join external facilitated peer-learning groups to learn from managers in other business at a similar level. The company run internal dojos on the above topics where managers come together to practice the skills they have learnt on the training. In the past the company has not been clear about what exactly makes a great manager at Redgate, this year they have articulated this from a collaborative workshop involving some managers and have now created a feedback tool that can be used to give managers clear, specific and highly valuable feedback on their performance as a manager. They then have a session with their manager to go through the feedback to recognise their strengths and agree what support they need in areas for improvement. It's a positive tool that encourages developmental feedback and continuous improvement.

My Manager

92% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

The company are working with Form the Future ,a Cambs-wide educational charity to support various educational outreach activities. They have sent volunteers to participate in mock interviews with students at a local secondary school, run a CV writing workshop, and an interactive STEM careers workshop, and invited 20 students to visit Redgate where they'll spend time learning about four different projects. The company has just started to partner with Chesterton Community College to help their head of computing design and deliver a Computer Science curriculum for years 7 to 11. The company is partnering with Simprints, a local non-profit delivering hardware to help healthcare workers identify patients in the developing world, on a week-long project to rewrite some of their key software. The company also has a long-standing relationship with Romsey Mill, a local charity supporting young people and families, and offer them help throughout the year. The company donate their old computers to Afrinspire. There is also a volunteer day where every member of staff can spend one day a year volunteering on any charitable project they like.

My Team

91% of staff agreed

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

The company are working with Form the Future ,a Cambs-wide educational charity to support various educational outreach activities. They have sent volunteers to participate in mock interviews with students at a local secondary school, run a CV writing workshop, and an interactive STEM careers workshop, and invited 20 students to visit Redgate where they'll spend time learning about four different projects. The company has just started to partner with Chesterton Community College to help their head of computing design and deliver a Computer Science curriculum for years 7 to 11. The company is partnering with Simprints, a local non-profit delivering hardware to help healthcare workers identify patients in the developing world, on a week-long project to rewrite some of their key software. The company also has a long-standing relationship with Romsey Mill, a local charity supporting young people and families, and offer them help throughout the year. The company donate their old computers to Afrinspire. There is also a volunteer day where every member of staff can spend one day a year volunteering on any charitable project they like.

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