Over a month ago – we announced that we were finalists in the East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Business Awards for the SME of the Year and the Best Employer categories.
Over 250 entries were submitted this year by local businesses and today we are proud to formally announce that we were awarded the title of Best Employer-sponsored by Birketts and Pure – at this year’s event!
Becoming the Best Employer
So now you know we’re the “Best Employer” in Suffolk – but how did we get here?
In 2018, following our very first Best Employer Survey, we won Best Employer in Digital and Technology in the Best Employers Eastern Region Scheme, but fell short after being named finalists in the Best Employer category in the 2018 Suffolk Business Awards. To us, this wasn’t a loss but instead an opportunity for us to really reflect and analyse our employee engagement, company culture and employee wellbeing strategies.
Although the results from our survey were incredibly positive in all areas – the past year has seen us sharpen our focus on the ways we can support our employees with their mental, physical and personal wellbeing. This has included hiring a psychologist, launching a corporate gym membership, evolving our PDPs into coaching sessions and more.
However, showing is better than telling and to paraphrase Sarah from our award entry video, “Why are we the ‘Best Employer?’… We’ll let the team tell you.”
Why is StrategiQ Suffolk’s best employer? from StrategiQ on Vimeo.
“I think the new coaching documents are great. It is refreshing to work with an employer who not only helps you grow professionally but helps and cares about your personal goals. It genuinely feels like we are working with Andy and Sarah rather than for them. The coaching documents just reinforce that as they are focussed around us as individuals as opposed to just us in the role and on a professional level.
Having Sue available to us has also quite simply been incredible. She offers so much to StrategiQ as well as us individually. Personally, I think Sue has helped me understand how I behave in certain situations and what I can do to handle these situations better, particularly stressful situations that we all encounter on a weekly basis.”
Kish Singh, Technical Project Manager
“Andy, Nick, Chris and the rest of the team took a chance on me and my career. In just a year, I have helped StrategiQ increase their brand awareness, win awards and more. I have also had the opportunity to try many different areas of marketing – and have now focused in on some areas I’m both passionate about and skilled at.
I have also been able to take more control of my bipolar disorder – and anytime I am having a hard time – my manager Nick is approachable and helps me work through it. My sessions with Sue have been extremely beneficial as well – and she has helped me work through stuff that I have been dealing with for a long time and I am very grateful for the time I am able to have with her. Not many employers would invest in something like this – and I am glad that StrategiQ has.”
Kara Thurkettle, SEO Executive
Want to work for the Best Employer?
Our investment in people isn’t slowing down, so if you’re keen to work for StrategiQ then check out the available roles on our careers page.
Want to talk about your own award-winning strategy?
In addition to entering awards for ourselves, we also provide award research and entry-writing service to our clients. Want to win an award? Get in touch with the team today!