Four Scottish companies have been nominated for the PwC Scotland-sponsored People Innovation Award at the Scottish Business Awards.
The companies are Skyscanner, Nucleus, Scottish Gas and Pursuit Marketing with the winner to be announced on November 17 in Edinburgh.
Innovation is more than just a big paypacket and long holidays
Pauline Arnot, risk assurance director for PwC in Scotland said:
“It’s refreshing to see companies trying out a number of initiatives to increase staff satisfaction at work. It’s not just about who has the biggest pay packet or who has the most holidays. A good company – and it’s ethos – are made up of so much more than that.
“We were looking for companies to provide examples of how they use innovation to embed the appropriate culture, shape their people agenda and subsequently delver positive customer outcomes.
“We rated them through an 'innovation' lens which considered a number of factors including approach to diversity, recruitment, employee engagement, working practices, customer outcomes and remuneration."
What makes a great place to work?
The entrants put forward a number of strong reasons for why they should win the award including:
- Employee experience programme allowing staff, fully funded, to work in any of their 10 offices for up to 3 days every 6 months. They believe this promotes inter-continental relationships, promotes collaboration and allows employees to travel, reinforcing their passion for their type of business as an employer.
- A constant flowing training programme that supports leadership pipeline from the ground up. Different learning styles and needs are supported through, classroom learning, hands-on and reflective sessions. Topics are diverse ranging from emotional intelligence to agility
- Recruiting on attitude as opposed to experience
- Introducing a fully expensed health and well-being programme including 8am gym sessions, lunchtime classes, dedicated personal trainer, nutritional advice, massage therapist and hypnotherapists
- The company’s innovative well-being culture was recognised by Microsoft who commissioned a series of videos of their workplace to showcase at their Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto and to try and replicate some of their innovative new ideas.
- First company in Scotland to move to a 4 day working week without a reduction in salary on the basis that they anticipate this will have a positive impact on productivity. The accumulation of the above has helped reduce sickness absenteeism to <1% and staff retention is over 96%. Many of the staff are now using their extra day off for volunteering purposes thus giving back to the community.
The judges – consisting of Scottish entrepreneurs and a mix of business leaders, predominantly from private business – will now meet in the coming weeks to choose a winner, who will be announced on November 17.