Clearvision, the largest Atlassian Platinum Solution Partner in Europe, has secured its position on The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For list for a second consecutive year, picking up a 3-star status from the b-Heard survey along the way.
Every year, The Sunday Times publishes a list of best companies to work for in a range of categories from ‘best big’ to ‘best not-for-profit’, and ‘best companies’ to ‘best small’. Organisations enter themselves to compete for a place on the prestigious list, and are sent a link to the b-Heard survey which is completed by employees; results are then checked against the Best Companies Index (BCI) score.
The survey which measures ‘8 factors of workplace engagement’ through a series of 70 academically designed questions, is completed anonymously by employees to ensure accurate results.
In 2019, Clearvision entered for the first time, achieving a 2-star status from workplace engagement analysts b-Heard, whose scale starts at ‘Ones to Watch’ and goes all the way through to the maximum ‘3 Star’ accreditation.
For Clearvision to achieve 3 Stars — denoting the highest standard of workplace engagement, only awarded to organisations with a BCI score of 738 or higher, is a massive achievement reflecting extraordinary levels of workplace engagement.
Clearvision CEO Gerry Tombs commented,
“Five years ago, my goal was for Clearvision to make the Times 100 list, and in 2019 we achieved this. Thinking ahead, we challenged ourselves to improve our position by becoming an even better employer, taking much of what we’d learnt from the 2019 feedback and implementing changes where necessary. While this award is fantastic, an even better accomplishment for me has been witnessing year-on-year improvements in our Visionaries (staff).
“The Times 100 achievement has been an enabler for improvements in recruiting A-class people, resulting in decreased employee churn, and a better atmosphere in the workplace overall. We have a lot more to learn in this exciting journey together.”
The changes mentioned by Gerry, involved in-house experts developing software to better understand how teams operate, and how different personalities complement each other. Getting team dynamics right leads to happier, more focused employees, and as Gerry put it: “People are a critical element to our business, so it is important that we continue to invest in them.”
Alongside these efforts, a group called Hearts and Minds was formed, which focuses on employee wellbeing. As part of this, employees went off-site, volunteering their time at the Blue Cross and Samaritans. Other members of staff participated in charitable events on an individual basis, receiving sponsorship from colleagues. Visionaries enjoyed expert speakers addressing a number of topics during mental health awareness week, as well as guided meditation sessions from a qualified yogi.