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Nichols run a management Development Programme at which they have a mix of experienced managers and newly promoted managers, utilising the mix of skills and prior knowledge to develop their new managers and an opportunity to polish and hone existing skills as well as ensuring their managers are up to date on current best practice and legislation.
Nichols have twice yearly health awareness days at which health and well being professionals hold 121 assessments with all staff. On the back of this they recently completed a pedometer challenge, encouraging staff to increase the number of steps they took each day. They completed this challenge over a 12 week period and collectively they took sufficient steps to walk from their office to Brisbane, Australia (as the crow flies). Employees are encouraged to take part in sporting activities and Nichols have groups of employees who regularly play golf, football, netball and badminton or go running. Employees also go walking or to the local Gym/leisure centre for a swim at lunchtime and others walk or cycle to work. On site shower facilities are provided. For those who are not quite so energetic Nichols have a Wii console and their employees enjoy a game of virtual tennis or golf at lunchtime. Periodically Nichols hold Indian head or arm and hand massage, believing that it helps to relieve some of the day to day tensions.
Nichols VIP Award – Valued, Inspiring and Proud. Employees are nominated by colleagues, visitors or customers, for individuals who have brought out the Nichols Plc. “spirit” in others, excelled as a team player or have gone above or beyond expectations. All nominees are congratulated and recognised at the company briefing, and the executive team pick a winner and they are awarded with a red letter day experience. There are one off financial rewards for outstanding achievement or contributions , recognition following the completion of a project that may have involved additional contributions and Nichols invite employee and partner to enjoy Dinner at a local restaurant of their choice. All employees can benefit from an additional weeks holiday or equivalent holiday pay for every 5 complete years of service. Although Nichols do not have a formal process for innovation, they do encourage all employees to “Share Ideas and Think outside of the Box” and they recognise individuals publicly and reward them as appropriate.
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Companies where employees are offered share options
Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave
On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships
10% of staff undertake charitable activities during business hours
On-site nursery or vouchers
Full family cover
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