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OIL EXPLORATION AND production is a risky business, so employees at Westhill-based producer TAQA are happy that their company is putting protection first. “Intelligent safety” is an approach underpinned by psychological theories about human behaviour. Staff are helped to recognise their limitations and adopt simple procedures to stay out of danger. Humorous campaigns and energetic training sessions keep the topic at the forefront of workers' minds. There is also a safety questionnaire for onshore and offshore teams, and for every survey completed the company donates £1 to charity, raising more than £1,000 a year. It is as well that TAQA's 548 UK employees feel safe, because jobs are an important part of their lives (an 80% positive score). They also believe they can make a valuable contribution (84%) and they love what they do (71%). Self-confidence and trust in your colleagues' abilities are vital in a high-pressure, dynamic environment, and team-building events tend to focus on the development of those virtues. The organisation, which makes its debut as a Best Company this year, took part in the Aberdeen Corporate Decathlon for the first time in 2012, coming a creditable 17th. This sponsored co-operation and boosted the fitness levels of staff, who got to try new sports such as the “Highland fling challenge”. People certainly feel their teams are fun to work with (75%). Other — less physical — activities they take part in include fireworks parties, trips to the pantomime at Christmas, a black-tie dinner at Fyvie Castle in northeast Scotland and a summer barbecue. The sense of family (70%) at the firm was demonstrated by the farewell party given to managing director Leo Koot before he moved on to head the company's operation in Iraq, having led the Aberdeen end since 2005. The most common role within the company is a senior operations technician, who typically earns £44,131. Pay is related to performance, and nearly everyone takes advantage of the universal free private healthcare for themselves, their spouses and children. Staff are happy with their pay and benefits (79%, which comes in at ninth place in the survey). TAQA encourages workers to volunteer in support of local community projects and matches money raised by each to a limit of £2,500 a year. Initiatives funded last year included building nesting rafts at RSPB's Loch of Strathbeg nature reserve, Britain's largest dune loch; and Greenpower, a national competition that aims to make engineering fun by challenging school pupils to design, build and race electric cars. www.wemeanenergy.co.uk

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Giving Something Back

95% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

This is at the core of the Intelligent Health message. TAQA have worked hard to promote the benefits of regular exercise through various channels including, sponsorship and participation in sporting events, Walk for Diabetes and the Corporate Decathlon. 2013 has seen development of a new Intelligent Health intranet to help promote networks to encourage activities and exercise of all types within the business. A recent highlight has been the establishment of a TAQA sponsored Mountaineering and Walking club.

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94% of staff agreed

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

The TAQA car share programme allows personnel based onshore to share journeys with colleagues who have similar routes to work. TAQA also shares commuter transport with neighbouring companies in the industrial estate at Westhill in order to limit the number of buses needed for the same route. Waste segregation bins and VegWare products are in place to further minimise their impact on the environment and be more sustainable. TAQA recycles waste wherever possible and has waste segregation bins throughout the offices for plastic, cans and compostable waste. VegWare is also used in TAQA's café's to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill. VegWare is disposable food packaging and all TAQA café catering products are made from this recyclable, starch-based material which takes 4 to 6 weeks to become compost.

My Team

83% of staff agreed

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

The TAQA car share programme allows personnel based onshore to share journeys with colleagues who have similar routes to work. TAQA also shares commuter transport with neighbouring companies in the industrial estate at Westhill in order to limit the number of buses needed for the same route. Waste segregation bins and VegWare products are in place to further minimise their impact on the environment and be more sustainable. TAQA recycles waste wherever possible and has waste segregation bins throughout the offices for plastic, cans and compostable waste. VegWare is also used in TAQA's café's to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill. VegWare is disposable food packaging and all TAQA café catering products are made from this recyclable, starch-based material which takes 4 to 6 weeks to become compost.

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