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The Great Place to Work® Institute UK has announced Xoomworks Ltd as a recipient of its prestigious Great Place to Work® award for 2012. Xoomworks is a British small/medium enterprise based in London and has been established for over 12 years, delivering Procurement and Business Intelligence Consulting Services and Applications Maintenance and Development Services.
Xoomworks prides itself on its culture and people, and is passionate about engaging with clients and building strong, long-lasting relationships. Out of all the entries in the UK, Xoomworks Ltd made it to the Grand Final, where all entries were whittled down to the top 25. Out of this amazing group of companies, we were over the moon to come 10th.
“At Xoomworks we believe in giving our employees the freedom they need to use their talent to best effect and to further develop their skills and interests. The resulting impact on our clients and the business is excellent, but it also has a wonderful impact on the teams around them and on themselves”, said Nic Hutchins, Xoomworks Managing Director. “The pride they have in their work is a pleasure to watch and being part of a team where we really do enjoy working with our colleagues, is just great.”
Nic went on to share that “having freedom is a great feeling and it sounds cool, but it’s not something you can enable people to have, if as a leader you feel it could be abused. Building a culture based on mutual trust within which all employees have the freedom to make an impact – now that is what I call cool.”
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, Xoomworks 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 a school 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 –every employee in one of our offices worked independently to create a shoebox full 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.”
The Great Place to Work® Institute UK is part of the world's largest consultancy specialising in workplace assessment and enhancement. Every year Great Place to Work® surveys some 5,500 organisations around the world representing around 10 million employees. This gives the company unrivalled insight into what makes an organisation’s employees tick and how leaders can improve their business performance by understanding and improving their workplace culture.
Roy Jakes , Director of Global E-Procurement , Diageo PLC