RAHAME CASWELL, THE chief executive officer of this recruitment consultancy, hit the road last year, visiting all 13 of its offices. The tour was an opportunity to meet employees in informal settings to share cake and candid conversations. Made aware that the condition of the central services team’s office in Glasgow was affecting morale, he acted quickly to move them into new premises. Such a decisive response results in staff feeling Caswell runs the business on sound moral principles (79% positive).
The firm started life in 1987 in Glasgow, where the head office remains, and today has 637 people working across the UK. The young workforce — more than half are under 35 — enjoy numerous training opportunities, including job shadowing and elearning, and consider their roles good for their personal growth (77%).
As well as bonuses, competitive league tables allow consultants to see how they are performing in relation to their peers. Winners are rewarded with prizes, including spa breaks, theme park tickets and digital cameras. Search people are motivated, saying they wouldn’t leave tomorrow if they had another job (76%).
Innovative ways to boost communication include speed-dating-style workshops, where staff meet people from outside their own division. Engagement and teambuilding have been promoted through a FitBit challenge and quiz nights, while charitable activities encouraged by the company include giving blood, collecting for food banks and raising cash via dress-down days.
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At least 40% of senior managers are women
Companies offering a final salary, non-contributory pension scheme or one in which the employer puts in at least three times
Companies offering profit related pay to all employees
School hours contracts offered to staff
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