A challenger recruitment firm in Bristol has moved 20 places on one of the UK’s most prestigious workplace culture lists to be named as the fourth greatest small business to work for in the UK.

ISL Recruitment was ranked 24th out of 27 on the UK Best Workplace™ list in 2017. Its progress up the list this year has been hailed as ‘outstanding’ and a ‘magnificent achievement’ by Great Place to Work®, the organisation behind the awards.

All the winners across the three size categories were announced last night (April 25th) at a gala dinner at Tobacco Dock, London. The Best Workplace™ award is the gold standard for companies which create outstanding work cultures

Businesses must submit to a rigorous audit process, including an anonymous survey asking all employees how they feel on a range of work issues and an audit of the HR and leadership practices that create the culture employees experience.

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The team at ISL, which specialises in IT and engineering recruitment, put this year’s success down to a major shift in employee engagement through an organisational development and business change campaign.

Alan Furley, director of ISL, said: “The most important part of this award is that the surveys are carried out anonymously, so the team is able to provide honest answers. The insight that came from last year’s survey allowed us to properly understand where we needed to improve and so we created a programme to do just that.”

“We are seeing results across the business. Employee retention is up by nearly a third, absenteeism through illness is down by nearly half and in the first three months of 2018 we recorded both our best financial quarter and a record-breaking revenue month. It proves that when you align your people strategy with your business strategy you see a step change in results.”

In 2018, the team celebrate their 11th years in business with a record turnover of £3.5 million.

ISL has a team of 33 in their Baldwin Street offices. In November 2017 they were asked to supplied answers to the Great Place to Work® Trust Index© employee survey, with 95%-plus positive responses across: diversity, job security, working environment, strategy, communication, values & ethics and empowerment & accountability.


This article was first posted by Barney Cotton @ Business Leader

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