We couldn't be prouder to have achieved a 2-star accreditation from Best Companies, the UK's workplace survey that sets the standard for workplace engagement.
Best Companies lists Eames as an 'Outstanding' place to work and sees us recognised among the UK's 100 Best Small Companies to Work For, London's Best 30 Small Companies to Work For, and Recruitment's 40 Best Companies to Work For.
When the pandemic took hold in March 2020 in the UK, and the first national lockdown was imposed, we had to react quickly to ensure our employees remained safe, motivated, and happy, but also to maintain business continuity under circumstances unlike any seen before.
We leaned on our values and focused on our people – prioritising staff wellbeing, introducing home working, ensuring clarity of communication, and maintaining connections between teams.
2020 saw a marked improvement in employee engagement compared to pre-pandemic times, in part thanks to the trust in leadership and a renewed focus on health and wellbeing.
Crucial to leading a business through crisis is inspiring trust in your employees, and a substantial majority shared that they "are inspired by the person leading the organisation" and "have faith and confidence in the senior management team."
Employees also characterised widespread faith in the focus on staff wellbeing and cultural connectivity. The introduction of flexible working hours, coupled with remote working, has afforded employees different ways of working. Most importantly, it has provided balance so that employees can juggle all their jobs – parent, house cleaner, teacher, cook, dog walker – and the many other roles we stepped into last year.
Speaking of our ranking as an 'Outstanding' employer, Chief People Officer Ruth Foster shared:
"Feedback from our employees is vital for us to continue to create opportunity as an organisation. The output from this survey will be invaluable for us to understand what we are doing well and where we can improve.
"We're delighted our team feel so connected and engaged by being a part of #TeamEames, especially in a year when we've never been more separated through lockdowns, homeworking and restricted international borders.
"Our people are the heart of what we do, and we are immensely proud of the resilience, drive and spirit that they have all shown over the recent months and years. We are driven by making opportunities happen for our clients, candidates and, crucially, our people.
"We look forward to working with our team to build on the platform we've created, continue to improve, and strive for a 3-star accreditation next year."
Group CEO, Matthew Eames shares:
"This recognition is a powerful message that our team feel valued, motivated and engaged.
"We know that when our people are engaged, they are happier, more productive and invested in our collective success.
"In this year ahead, we need to think about 'engagement' differently - social and cultural connectivity and sense of togetherness are harder to achieve when our ways of working have adapted as they have. Of course, a strong culture enhances engagement. Still, it cannot replace the need for investment in our people, and our commitment to learning and development and health and wellbeing remains unchanged.
"#TeamEames have always been a resilient, driven and loyal group of people, and I couldn't be prouder of our collective efforts."