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SJD Accountancy is a firm that should be happy about at least one set of figures in 2009: the organisation has moved up the Best Companies list from 41st position in 2008 to 26th this year. The company, based in Hemel Hempstead and with seven other offices, provides tax and accountancy services to contractors, freelancers and other small businesses. With 111 employees, it aims for a low-stress environment, with an empty office before 9am and after 5pm, and an hour for lunch. Staff give SJD Accountancy its best marks for Wellbeing, with a top 10 positive score of 80% overall. They haven't suffered work-related stress in the past year (89%), aren't under too much pressure to concentrate (81%) and are happy with the balance of work and home life (79%). The firm must have one of the shortest working weeks in the survey, with team members doing an average 35 hours and senior managers about 40. “If we are busy, we simply employ more staff,” is the explanation. There are some light-hearted touches in how SJD Accountancy presents itself, with one handy calculator on its website showing you how long it will take to become a millionaire by saving. Fourteen people have been at the company for more than five years including Simon Dolan, managing director for the past 16 years. Managers are open and honest (87%), supportive (88%) and help employees to fulfil their potential (81%). Meanwhile, whatever HMRevenue & Customs decides to do with its tax deadlines, those at SJD are realistic (82%), and staff don't feel they are taken advantage of either (79%). Account managers are paid a typical £33,000 and people feel fairly paid for their responsibilities (75%). More than 50% of new customers are referred by existing clients, and there is good career progression. A regional director and the senior client liaison manager both started on reception.

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My Team

94% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Simon Dolan, CEO has created a relaxed, empowered and friendly environment so that his employees enjoy coming to work. He has an open or no door policy and empowers staff to make decisions, rather than be burdened with problems they are never actually given the responsibility to self-solve; which would result in increased stress. He provides an environment which encourages self-sufficiency and delivers positive feedback for all decisions made, good and bad. At SJD they ensure that the workspace and environment is comfortable for all employees. Quite recently an employee had an operation on her back; to ensure she was comfortable upon her return she was bought an orthopaedic chair for her desk giving her the support she needed.

Personal Growth

90% of staff agreed

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

The main social events that SJD hold at the organisation in which all employees get involved in are Charity events. These include; Breast Cancer Care Pink Friday; Children in Need; Jeans for Genes day, Sport Relief and the Macmillan Coffee Morning. Lots of employees bake cakes to help raise money and our Receptionists organise games such as; "Guess the Number of Sweets in the Tub" and "Bingo". At lunch time all employees come together to take part in the cake sale and the games that are available. In the last 6 months alone they have raised over £1000 for charity.

My Company

88% of staff agreed

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

SJD support employee development through their internal campaign titled ‘How did I IMPRESS my client today?'. IMPRESS is an anagram that employees can easily remember to use as part of their day to day interaction with clients: INFORMATION – Ensure all information is clear, concise and informative. MANAGEMENT – Manage and maintain a good client relationship. PROMISE – Never break the SJD Promise – Put yourself in the client's shoes! REASSURANCE – Reassurance is key to referrals. EMPATHY – Clients will not always remember what you said but they will remember how you made them feel. SPEECH – How well you communicate is as important as the service itself. SUCCESS – The key to success is clients going away feeling that they've made the right decision. This campaign was supported by internal merchandise, leaflets and posters. This campaign forms part of internal training, training programmes and material, merchandise, employee objectives and reviews.

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Private Healthcare

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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