Propellernet - a Great Place to Work - for the second year running!

A couple of weeks ago, Gemma and I had the pleasure of attending the Great Place to Work Institute’s 2014 Awards Ceremony at The Brewery in East London.

The crowd were dressed to impress with tuxedos and ball gowns the norm (except for me – I somehow managed to miss the ‘black tie’ memo and was resplendent in light grey instead), which was fitting given the venue and the prestige attached to the awards.

The awards themselves recognise excellence in the workplace and have been running for more than 25 years. You can find out more about the criteria used and how scoring happens at GPTW's website but it’s important to note that the awards are largely determined by the results of employee surveys; it really does come down to what the whole team thinks and writes and not just how the business describes itself.

If you keep up with our news you’ll know that last year we were honoured to be named by the GPTW Institute as the Best Workplace in the UK in the Small category; it was the first time we’d entered the awards and had done so simply to benchmark how we were doing so we were genuinely amazed.

Our growth over the last 12 months pushed us into the Medium category and up against some much bigger players, including SC Johnson, Twinings and Danone, so we knew it would be more difficult to be recognised this time around.

After several glasses of Champagne, a lovely meal and some great company on Table 35 the winners in our category were announced.

The countdown started (for some reason) with the 45th best company. By the time Gyles Brandreth, who was hosting the event, reached the top 10 we were both nervous and hopeful. Luckily we didn’t have to wait too long to find out that we’d placed fifth!

We stormed the stage, much to Gemma’s delight, and got to shake hands with Gyles, who was absolutely fantastic throughout and highly amusing.

We weren’t the only Brighton business represented; our Brighton neighbours Madgex placed eighth in the same category as us – congratulations!

But more congratulations are due to all those companies, small and big, that take employee welfare seriously and took the time to enter; we look forward to seeing you again next year.

For more information on how we innovate around employee welfare, have a read of Jack’s recent post on extreme innovations in employee welfare.

By James Sandford

03 June 2014