Sofology

To help everyone feel at home on a sofa they love.
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http://www.sofology.co.uk

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From changing a tyre to dancing and cake making, skills among the staff at furniture chain Sofology are shared. The company believes employees have a vast amount of skills and knowledge that can be transferred to selling furniture, so it set up Sofology Skill Share, a series of colleague-led workshops.

The company, which has its headquarters in Golborne, in Greater Manchester, was founded in 1974 and is now the UK's fastest-growing sofa retailer, with more than 50 stores in Britain. It provides specialist sofa advice and inspiration for home interiors. The stores are designed to be a "haven of relaxation", it says.

It makes sure its staff get the chance to put their feet up, too, thanks to its investment in managing the impact of fatigue on staff. Sofology has doubled its headcount in the customer service department, avoids early morning and lunchtime meetings, and bans emails after 6pm. Shop staff have also been given longer holidays at Christmas.

Managers have been given in-depth mental health awareness training so that they can identify staff who are struggling emotionally with workload and the company has launched a wellbeing hub to give employees tips and advice on how to manage fatigue.

Guided by Sofology's values — progressive, committed, trusted, caring, fun, and exceptional — its aim is to help staff feel at home in their roles, by providing a safe and inclusive working environment where they are encouraged to bring their authentic selves to work and thrive.

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Leadership

79% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Senior leaders often engage with others on the workplace platform by adding comments on posts from others, commending them and encouraging staff. Feedback is welcomed and leaders openly promote the Sofologist Say forum, which enables people to submit ideas, suggestions or ask questions for response from leaders and stakeholders.
Giving Something Back

93% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Charities supported by Sofology include Papyrus, which works to prevent young suicide, Cancer Awareness for Teens and Twenties and Grace House, which provides a home for children with disabilities. In partnership with the Woodland Trust, the company also planted a tree for every order it received last year and more than 115,000 were planted.
My Team

84% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

The company runs immersive campaigns across the workplace platform, providing information and signposting on a range of themes. It encourages staff across all business areas to interact and share stories with each other. A great example of this was Sofology's Pride campaign.
Leadership
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79% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Senior leaders often engage with others on the workplace platform by adding comments on posts from others, commending them and encouraging staff. Feedback is welcomed and leaders openly promote the Sofologist Say forum, which enables people to submit ideas, suggestions or ask questions for response from leaders and stakeholders.
Giving Something Back
82%

93% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Charities supported by Sofology include Papyrus, which works to prevent young suicide, Cancer Awareness for Teens and Twenties and Grace House, which provides a home for children with disabilities. In partnership with the Woodland Trust, the company also planted a tree for every order it received last year and more than 115,000 were planted.
My Team
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84% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

The company runs immersive campaigns across the workplace platform, providing information and signposting on a range of themes. It encourages staff across all business areas to interact and share stories with each other. A great example of this was Sofology's Pride campaign.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1974
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
38
Employee average age
53% : 47%
Male : Female employee ratio
14%
Employees earning £35k+
19%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
Quote from the top...
We wouldn’t be Sofology without our people. The heart of the business, we couldn’t be more proud of our colleagues and their dedication to delivering the exceptional. As part of our core values, we encourage our Sofologists to strive to be their true authentic selves and deliver their very best. Hard work deserves recognition and we offer benefits, discounts and a reward scheme to ensure our teams feel valued and appreciated.

Harvey Ainley, Managing Director - Sofology

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