Why we entered the Times Top 100 Small Companies to Work for 2018.
Having hit the significant milestone of 15 years in business in 2017, the Better Placed board took time to reflect. What had we done well over the years, what were our goals moving forward and what if anything did we need to change?
One thing we knew for sure was that we wanted to continue offering a first class candidate and client experience, whilst making it an amazing place to work. Keeping our employees healthy and happy has always been an imperative part of the success of the business, how can we offer an amazing candidate experience without offering an amazing employee one too.
So at the end of 2017 we took the decision to look for an external body to test our theories in the hope we could get third party validation of what it was really like to be a employee of Better Placed. We saw the opportunity to enter The Sunday Times Top 100 Small Companies 2018 as the perfect vehicle to do this.
For those of you who don’t know, there are few better ways for UK businesses to show the world that they have created an awesome place to work than by featuring in the prestigious Sunday Times Small Companies to Work for List. An exceptional challenge but one we were keen to take up!
To date, Best Companies the organisation that co-ordinates the analysis for the listing, has measured how nearly three million people feel about their employer, and the List remains the most respected and accurate engagement survey in the UK.
The List is based on real, detailed feedback from employee surveys, which have been meticulously honed by academics at Plymouth University. Updated every year to ensure relevancy, the questions are designed to cover all areas of employee happiness and wellbeing. Today more than ever, the most in-demand people seek out jobs at organisations that have received a 1, 2 or 3 star Best Companies Accreditation rating.
Best Companies Founder and Chief Executive, Jonathan Austin, explained why securing a place on the List is such a big deal. “Employees who work for a highly-engaged organisation get an organisation they feel proud to work for, managers who are more likely to listen and care for them, leaders who listen to them, more opportunities for personal growth and teams that support each other.
Having the happiness of our people at the heart of our business has always been a core value. The Sunday Times Best Companies survey allows us to dig a little deeper and explore our total proposition in more detail. So having done the hard work we waited patiently for a “yes” or “no” answer… we final got the answer in Jan – we were in! Amazing!!
We could only do this by making it a first class working environment and by offering the best career opportunities within the recruitment sector.