Skyscanner Limited

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http://www.skyscanner.net

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IT SEEMS THERE'S no limit for Skyscanner, which is taking off as a business and in our Best Companies To Work For survey. The travel comparison website's headquarters is in Edinburgh but last year it announced the opening of three new offices. The organisation now has 10, including branches in Barcelona, Miami and Beijing. As Skyscanner continues to reach new territories so, too, do its employees. High-performing staff can spend 30 days every two years in one of its global offices and people can also request to work from their country of origin, as part of a culture of trusting them to give their all and fulfil their roles from anywhere in the world. The firm wins our Innovation in Engagement Practice special award this year. The 467-strong team is happy with the pay and benefits on offer (an 83% positive score). With 32 days of paid leave a year, staff also have time for globetrotting. People are proud to work for Skyscanner and there are opportunities for personal growth (both 91%, and both ranking second). The chief executive, Gareth Williams, founded the firm with two friends after becoming annoyed at the length of time he had to trawl the internet for cheap flights. He attends employee inductions and staff find him inspiring (87%). www.skyscanner.net

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98% of staff agreed

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

Vision and values are vital at Skyscanner and they communicate them in multiple ways. When someone joins Skyscanner they will have an induction session with senior members of the team to explain their vision and values and how these are practically applied within the organisation. The values are reinforced throughout the offices and Skyscanner are extremely proud of them. They are displayed to visitors and their employees by being integrated into their office design. Company communications also continue to reinforce their values, they have quarterly company updates which allow the entire company to be updated on their progress towards their vision, CEO lunches and COO question time where employees are invited to lunch with the CEO and ask anything they'd like. The vision statement and what is being doing to achieve this is central to these discussions. Skyscanner store a lot of information on their knowledge management system and intranet but find that the most effective way of communicating the vision and values is through their employees, they have become advocates for their values, using them to guide behaviours but also communicating them others around the business.

Giving Something Back

98% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

In addition to pay reviews, bonus and commission schemes there is a staff reward system called Sky High. Sky High is a scheme that enables individuals to nominate colleagues for making an over and above contribution. One of their core values is Collaborate to Comp(l)ete and this scheme supports this value by enabling employees to nominate colleagues for recognition as a result of an over-and-above contribution, rewarded by vouchers in their local currency. On top of this, every quarter one of those individuals nominated for a SkyHigh award is chosen as the overall winner of the “SkyHigh Quarterly Award” and receives a cash prize.

Personal Growth

97% of staff agreed

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

In addition to pay reviews, bonus and commission schemes there is a staff reward system called Sky High. Sky High is a scheme that enables individuals to nominate colleagues for making an over and above contribution. One of their core values is Collaborate to Comp(l)ete and this scheme supports this value by enabling employees to nominate colleagues for recognition as a result of an over-and-above contribution, rewarded by vouchers in their local currency. On top of this, every quarter one of those individuals nominated for a SkyHigh award is chosen as the overall winner of the “SkyHigh Quarterly Award” and receives a cash prize.

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