A good employer should know that employees are the most important asset to a business and if you don’t invest in them – they’ll leave, leading to regular turnover in staff which disrupts the business productivity and growth.
As an employee, you are expected to be productive during a full working day and to achieve that, your environment must be a positive one – both mentally and physically.
According to the HSE, in 2016/7, 31.2 million working days were lost due to work related ill health and non-fatal musculoskeletal problems.
So, how does igroup manage to attract and retain their world class team? Simple – Steve Rastall, Managing Director, is one of those good employers who believes in investing in his team.
“So many people have suffered from back problems during their working life, myself included”, says Steve. “Experiencing pain from prolonged poor posture inevitably has a negative effect on an employee’s mental state, reducing their concentration and productivity. That’s why we’ve invested almost £2500 per employee, ensuring everyone has new servo driven sit-stand desks, dual screens with anti-glare, multi adjustment chairs, anti-slip mats, headsets, and laptops, which are renewed every two years.”
Steve also believes that the business’s responsibilities extend further than the physical office environment – atmosphere and team spirit is essential to a positive work place.
“Nurturing a positive environment takes time and effort, and everyone has to participate to make that work. igroup has genuinely nice people working here who are passionate about what they do, which makes that task much easier to carry out, and inevitably creates good office vibe. By rewarding the team regularly with things like exam funding, a great perk box, and regular ‘igroup on tour’ team trips throughout the year, everyone feels involved and valued.”
The recent decision to relocate to Sci-Tech Daresbury Campus has also proved to be another success for igroup’s employees. The building provides natural lighting and modern break out areas, along with an on-site restaurant, subsidised gym, and ample parking, for all employees. The campus is positioned just two miles from J11 of the M56 along the Daresbury express way making access very easy and yet still nestled into the Cheshire countryside by the picturesque Bridgewater canal.
Steve says, “It’s easy for a company to say they care, and promote a great working environment but very few companies put their money where their mouth is, which is crazy. Looking after your employees does cost money, but the return you receive is priceless.”
Commissions are available for both sales and none salespeople. Salespeople can double their base salary!
We are committed to developing all staff and run regular Personal Development reviews to ensure everyone is on track. Any bonus is completely discretionary, but we reward our high achievers.
We recognise that the commitment & outstanding ability of our employees is a major contributor to our continued success. We will therefore recognise this with an annual bonus, to be divided between our valued employees.
We offer the statutory pension to all, with additional employer’s contributions available, subject to performance. These can be in the form of an agreed increase or one-off contributions.
The Vitality health plan rewards healthy habits with point system which can be spent on a wide range of discounts and rewards from big brands such as Virgin Active, British Airways, Starbucks, Mr & Mrs Smith, and free memberships and discounted health screening.
We offer excellent holiday entitlement of 30 days inclusive of bank holidays, with an additional day added in the first two years of service. Maximum entitlement is 32 days (including bank holidays).
The package includes three times the employees annual salary and is paid as a lump sum.
We will ensure everyone has the appropriate IT equipment for the roles they carry out, in many cases this will include provision of Surface Pros over and above the standard issue lap top.
We believe in ensuring our employees who travel as part of their role, should have a suitable reward package to ensure they have a high standard of vehicle available to them.
As staff development is key to the company, all employees who are achieving PDR objectives will qualify for a training allowance of at least £1,500 per annum.
Our staff benefit from a package of thousands of free and discounted perks, including comprehensive health and wellness programmes, salary sacrifice and more.
At least 3 times a year we have a get together at the weekend, taking part in an activity that we will have voted on previously. Our most recent outings have included Quad Biking, hoverboarding and foot golf.
We fund any relevant exams for employees, this would include full funding for first attempts and the potential of part funding up front for subsequent attempts, with the balance payable upon passing.
We endeavour to help employees that may need it, as such staff loans are available, subject to a qualifying period and PDR performance. These loans will be a maximum of £5,000 with the possibility of zero interest.
We endeavour to encourage a healthy lifestyle, and provide healthy snacks and bottled water in the office. The occasional pizza redresses the balance!