25 February, 2012/
Yes – last night Xoomworks came tenth in the annual 2012 UK’s Best Workplaces programme – and we are totally stoked.
The Great Place to Work® Institute defines a great workplace as a place where you ‘achieve organisational objectives with employees who give their personal best and work together as a team or family, all in an environment of trust.’
Jamie Holmes, Xooworks Operations Director, shared his perspective on what he feels makes the company a great place to work.
“I am astounded by the capacity that our employees have for doing things for each other and our community. It is these many acts of kindness and support that in my mind sets our company apart. Whether it be running an assembly at Mossbourne Academy, supporting HemiHelp on one of their many fabulous events, staying late in the office to run a training course for other team members or making time to mentor a fellow colleague over breakfast. Many companies have examples like this, but it is the sheer amount of activity and effort that shows this is not just something that we feel should be done, but is part of our very culture. Last Christmas sums it up for me – in our office in Romania every employees worked independently to create a shoebox of gifts for people less fortunate. As a single act, this is wonderful in itself, but collectively as Xoomworks this amounted to a huge amount of kindness and a significant difference to many children.”
In true Xoomworks fashion an open ballot was held to see who would be the lucky award ceremony goers and anyone who wanted to be included had to dress-up accordingly during our afternoon Team Day (which means wear their Black tie or Ball gown in the hot hot office) and then put their ‘credit-card’ into the hat. In a keenly fought contest, which saw Ken Rose’s Colchester Zoo annual membership card narrowly miss out, David, Kelly, Jamie and Adela got the nod and soon we were all in taxis heading down to Westminster Pier to give them a royal Xoomie send-off.
The rest of the Xoomworks team headed off in glorious sunshine to set-up camp at the St Stephens Tavern where we were treated to some hilarious real-time Yammer updates from our Awards team as they first enjoyed a champagne reception on the river Thames and then took their places for the awards at the incredible Painted Hall – Greenwich.
More stories and updates to follow really soon. A big thank you to the entire Xoomworks community who have supported us during our first 12 years and who have contributed to this success in so many incredible ways.
Please follow our amazing days Great Places to Work story in pictures – kindly taken by the whole Xoomworks crew: https://picasaweb.google.com/115893341078001507036/GreatPlacesToWork2012
Plus official “Great Place to Work” photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bwpawards2012/7266809172/in/photostream and see today’s release in Guardian newspaper: – http://www.greatplacetowork.co.uk/storage/documents/UK_2012_lists_all_pdf.pdf