News and insights • Posted on 24 April 2024

We’re officially a Great Place To Work!

Our employees have spoken, and we’re officially recognised as a Great Place to Work! This certification is testament to the incredible culture we've cultivated at The Bigger Boat, encompassing leadership, management, work, relationships, and support. 

Here, we explore what it means to be certified, and highlight some of the statements and comments we received from employees.

What does it mean to be a Great Place to Work? 

Great Place To Work (GPTW) is the global authority on workplace culture. The certification means that our workplace culture, policies, and practices have been assessed against a rigorous standard, and we've not only met but exceeded the criteria for certification. The average of all statements from our team members was 85%, well above the certification threshold of 65% (percentages indicate the percentage of people who responded with “Almost always true” or “Often true”).

What's even more heartening is that an overwhelming 87% of respondents said, "Taking everything into account, I would say this is a great place to work." This sentiment reflects the dedication and effort we've put into creating a supportive, inclusive, and enjoyable workplace for all.

Our top-scoring areas

GPTW groups statements of a similar theme into ‘focus areas’, making it easy to see where companies are thriving, and where they may need more work. Let’s take a look at our top-scoring areas, what they indicate, and some statements made for each:

Intimacy (96%)

Intimacy measures people’s enjoyment of their colleagues, their sense that they can be themselves, and whether they can count on and support each other.

  • People celebrate special events here. (100%)

  • I can be myself here. (96%)

  • People care about each other here. (91%)

"I think there's a specific type of person that tends to employ, so most of us gel really well and this is often what makes me want to come into the office."

Justice (95%)

Justice measures the extent to which employees perceive that management promotes inclusive behaviour, avoids discrimination, and is committed to ensuring fair appeals.

  • People here are treated fairly regardless of their sexual orientation. (100%)

  • People here are treated fairly regardless of their age. (100%)

  • People here are treated fairly regardless of their race. (96%)

  • People here are treated fairly regardless of their gender. (96%)

  • If I am unfairly treated, I believe I’ll be given a fair hearing if I appeal. (83%)

Camaraderie (91%)

Camaraderie measures employees’ sense of enjoyment in the workplace by assessing the level of intimacy they experience, the freedom they feel to express themselves, the sense of hospitality in the workplace environment, and the extent to which people feel they are members of a community.

  • When you join the company, you are made to feel welcome. (96%)

  • You can count on people to cooperate. (87%)

  • When people change jobs or work units, they are made to feel right at home. (86%)

  • This is a fun place to work. (78%)

"A lot of staff members say it feels like a family, and I believe people really enjoy working here."

Integrity (90%)

Integrity measures leadership’s commitment to high-principled standards and their ability to take action based on these standards.

  • I believe management would lay people off only as a last resort. (100%)

  • Management is honest and ethical in its business practices. (96%)

  • Management delivers on its promises. (87%)

  • Management's actions match its words. (87%)

  • Our executives fully embody the best characteristics of our company. (83%)

"Leaders/executives are very transparent about problems facing the business, as well as successes."

Leadership behaviour (88%)

Leadership behaviour measures people’s experience with leaders’ conduct and how it resonates with the company’s strategy and values. A positive experience of these behaviours for employees on all levels of the organisation is a key differentiator among the best workplaces, enabling companies to execute their strategy consistently.

  • Management is competent at running the business. (91%)

  • Management is approachable and easy to talk to. (87%)

  • Management shows a sincere interest in me as a person, not just an employee. (87%)

"This is the first place I've ever worked where I am completely trusted to crack on at my own pace, with the flexibility of remote work."

So there you have it. These scores are a testament to the trust, inclusivity, and camaraderie that define our workplace culture. They reflect our commitment to fostering an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and supported.

At The Bigger Boat, we're not just colleagues; we're a supportive community that celebrates each other's successes, shares in each other's challenges, and always has each other's backs. Our sense of humour, inclusivity, and commitment to excellence make us more than just a workplace – we're family.

Thank you to all our incredible team members for making this achievement possible. And to those considering joining our team, we can't wait to welcome you into our Great Place to Work!

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