JTP is an award-winning international placemaking practice of architects and master planners with extensive experience of delivering successful projects for both private and public sectors throughout the UK, Europe, China, Russia and the Middle East.
JTP recognises that its success is due to the effort and creative ability of the talented people working at the organisation. They place great importance on making their studios stimulating and enjoyable places to work and instigate a range of initiatives to encourage social interaction, innovation and learning.
Some of these initiatives include: weekly design reviews to enhance and positively influence design at an early stage, a fortnightly professional training group which brings architectural staff together to learn and discuss best practice, and also annual office study trips with recent destinations including Lyon, London Dock & Wapping, Berlin, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Lisbon.
“Ahuge part of our mission as a practice is to not only create great places for our clients and communities, but also to create a remarkable place to work for our employees – one that the team loves being a part of. With this in mind, company culture and team engagement and wellbeing are key priorities for us and we are absolutely delighted to announce that we’ve achieved the 3-star accreditation from Best Companies” – Marcus Adams, Managing Partner
Many employees at JTP have been working from home since March, therefore there was an increased level of responsibility placed on their managers. A key element of support JTP provided was keeping them informed of the practice performance and decisions made. As managers are the conduits between their employees and HR/Partners, JTP ensured they were supported and empowered to communicate practice policies and strategies clearly and confidently with their teams. Weekly board meetings ensured the Partners were able to agree consistent messages that were conveyed to Managers. A monthly associates meeting with the Managing Partner and Finance Director provided a forum to share practice performance, project resourcing and new opportunities, and an opportunity for them to raise concerns. With a greater emphasis on communication across the practice, managers were able to work on a one-to-one basis more frequently with Partners and their teams.
Supporting the wellbeing of their employees during the pandemic and in this time of uncertainty has been paramount at JTP. Guidance on best practice for working from home was issued to employees, which included ensuring regular breaks were taken, setting up a routine and dressing for going into the studio. Partners and managers introduced a daily structure for their teams by instigating a morning wake up meeting at 9am and an afternoon check-in session around a cup of tea. Walking, running and yoga was encouraged through activity tracking and free exercise resources shared on the practice wellbeing channel on Microsoft Teams. Employees were reminded that if they were facing difficulties, they were able to utilise JTP’s Employee Assistance Programme(EAP) for support and advice. The EAP provides expert assistance in situations that may affect a person’s capacity to lead a balanced, stable, and productive life.
Coming together regularly to celebrate successes has helped to keep morale high at JTP. They have celebrated successes and awards; from securing new projects and receiving their highest Best Company Score to date, to receiving a prestigious award for the design of their London studio. Their Managing Partner practice updates have ranged from the light-hearted through to open communication regarding performance. They have consistently recognised employees by expressing appreciation of their hard work, resilience, and teamwork during the pandemic.
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