We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been shortlisted as finalists for the Best Tech Place to Work at the National Technology Awards!
This is something we’re incredibly proud of.
Every day we get contacted by several hundred users who are having a problem with their computer. And it’s easy to forget that this means several thousand users haven’t contacted us! When we’re caught up in our day-to-day activities, it’s easy to miss the positive impact that we’re making for our customers.
Being a finalist in this category is recognition of the important part that each and every one of us plays in making projectfive one of (hopefully ‘the‘) best tech places to work.
It’s the relationships we have with each other – and the way we look out for each other – that contributes to our very strong culture.
Invested in our people
We can only run a successful company if our people are happy and enjoy being at work. We know our people are our most valuable resource, so we are actively committed to making sure projectfive helps them to thrive.
To ensure that people have the opportunity to build strong friendships with their colleagues, we hold monthly social events (such as bowling, laser quest, wine tasting, treasure hunt, Top Golf) and we have two flagship events: the Summer BBQ (where the Directors cook for us in their back garden, and partners and kids are invited) and the Christmas Party (which is always fancy-dress themed – and we’re all in our costumes all day, even if we have client-visits or networking events to attend!).
We’re committed to supporting our team in all areas of life, not just those relating to work. We currently have two trained Mental Health First Aiders, and by the end of 2020 we’ll make sure that at least 10% of the workforce is MHFA trained. With mental health issues affecting 1 in 6 people in the workplace, this is a key area for us, to ensure the mental wellbeing of our staff – and to make sure we have the right support in place should they need.
Coaching for Team Leaders
We recognise that being promoted to a management position (because you’re great at what you do) doesn’t always mean you know how to lead a team!
So, to support our Team Leaders (who are the backbone of what we do, ensuring their teams are enthused and committed), we hold regular sessions with a Leadership/Executive Coach, to help them feel supported and develop into their full potential.
Every week, we all get the chance to anonymously award ‘Fivey Points’ to our colleagues, and the winner receives an Amazon Voucher at the monthly ACM (All-Company-Meeting). It’s a great way for us to reward our colleagues when they demonstrate our values in their day-to-day actions and attitudes.
As well as having a responsibility to our team, we also take our role in the community very seriously and giving back is something that’s an important part of who we are.
Each year, we organise a flagship charity event, Winter Pimm’s Networking. Every year we get 200 businesses together to protect local wildlife and habitats in Surrey, working hard to clear unwanted pine trees from the rare Heathland in Surrey Heath. Refreshment is provided by local restaurants and coffee shops, and everyone gets a free Christmas Tree. The buzz created is fantastic, and the whole projectfive team loves organising this event.
There’s lots of other ways we give back too – we are longstanding supporters of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, sponsoring a colour station at their Dash of Colour Event each year; for the last 3 years we’ve been corporate sponsors of the Guildford Shakespeare Company; we’re members of the Community Matters Partnership Project (an organisation which connects local businesses with local charities needing volunteers) and we are investing in future generations by offering our time to local schools (careers fairs, practice interviews etc).
Helping the Local Business Community
In 2020 we are launching two initiatives that will give back to the local business community.
New Millenials Leaders Forum – this is an initiative for Gen-Y first-time managers, covering leadership, public speaking, culture etc.
Business Start-Up Academy – in March 2020 we will launch and host this academy in conjunction with Surrey Chambers of Commerce and Eagle Radio, providing new start-ups with free business guidance and support for 9 months.
A happy, motivated team…
With happy and motivated staff who are super-keen to help, we’re able to give much better customer service to our customers (some 2000 users, many of whom are also our friends). We achieve this without the free cold-drinks that the bigger tech companies need. We do it by focussing on our people and making sure that everything we do supports their purpose.
And, in turn, we really, really stand out!