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WEBER SHANDWICK WAS named agency of the year at the European Excellence Awards in Paris in December. The accolade capped a year in which the public relations consultancy's Europe, Middle East and Africa operation, which has its headquarters in London, received 68 awards. Social media have changed the way people interact with the world. Whether promoting a UN sustainable-energy initiative or launching a new skincare product for Unilever, shaping conversations between its clients and the public is central to Weber Shandwick. Founded in 1989, it has 294 employees at eight offices in the UK and Ireland. All are actively encouraged to explore new social media. Last year everyone received training in how to use Vine, the short-video sharing platform. Colin Byrne, the chief executive, announced a competition for most imaginative loop: for the winner, an expenses-paid trip to the Cannes Lions festival. New ideas are valued and disseminated via corporate email newsletters and blogs. The best are recognised at an annual creative awards competition. The brightest minds are invited to join the “creative tribe”, a learning and working group of more than 50 people drawn from all levels of the business who share their knowledge with colleagues and apply their talents to challenging briefs. Working in an environment that embraces new technology and fosters creativity, staff say the experience they gain is valuable for the future (an 83% positive score) and feel their job is good for personal growth (81%). Byrne also has a dedicated surgery hour where any member of staff can speak to him one-to-one. Managers talk openly and honestly with team members (79%) and care about them as individuals (76%). Recognising that digital change is rendering many traditional PR skills obsolete, the company changed its recruitment strategy to attract a more diverse talent pool. Those who make the grade are well rewarded. More than half the workforce earns more than £35,000 a year, and they are gernerally happy with their pay and benefits (62%), which they feel are fair for the responsibilities they have (59%). www.webershandwick.co.uk

Featured Workplace Factors

My Team

95% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

The staff at Weber Shandwick held an off-site panel discussion with all staff, which involved Senior Management attending the event to do a live Q & A and showcase their favorite campaigns. This allowed the Senior Management team to transfer their knowledge and speak to all employees across all the different practices as to why they believed the campaign of their choice was their favorite. With Digital being one of our transformational pillars within the organisation, the company launched the Digital University which all employees are encouraged to attend, allowing employees to stay up to date with current and up and coming digital trends and skills that they can apply to their roles.

My Company

94% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

Weber Shandwick have provided a comprehensive learning and development program via a blended learning approach comprising classroom instruction, webinars and online delivery, self-directed learning, on-the-job training and external development support. As an integral part of their Employee Value Proposition, they are providing a variety of training in more flexible ways to meet the unique needs of employees, with 24/7 availability. This year Weber Shandwick launched the Digital University – where Digital experts host training, with curriculums to teach employees at all levels community management skills, content development, social crisis management etc. In addition, weekly updates keep employees up to date with trends and developments in the Digital arena, whilst weekly picks from the company's e-learning platform advises their people on pertinent up-to-the minute training ideas. In addition, the company host fortnightly talks. Weber Shandwick also launched podcasts with inspirational speakers from well-known digital leading companies. In addition, there are workshops on pitching, creativity, digital, strategy, analytics and communications, along with the company's rolling ‘key skills' training covering subjects such as line management, negotiation and writing skills, project management and a suite of finance/commercial skills courses, open to all employees.

Personal Growth

92% of staff agreed

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

All new joiners at Weber Shandwick are invited to attend a bi-monthly CEO breakfast which provides a full overview on the company including its history, details on the vision, mission and values, the company future goals, leadership team, clients and global network. The CEO gives all attendees the opportunity to ask any questions they wish. There is a company induction too, where HR take all new joiners through the company's approach to people encompassing Weber Shandwick's learning and development ethos and programmes, appraisals, career paths and how to get career support.

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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