Edinburgh, 10th September 2019 – I am writing this on a train back from the ESOMAR Congress in the lovely Edinburgh as I am quite keen to share the news right away. Breaking Blue has been nominated runner-up for the global award of Best Place to Work 2019 by Women in Research! It’s a great achievement that we are extremely proud of, because we invest a lot in our people, their training and their wellbeing, so it’s amazing to see this being recognised publicly and on an international scale.
Best Place to Work is not an unfamiliar concept to Breaking Blue. Just a few months ago we were nominated as one the 100 Best Companies To Work by the Sunday Times. So we really must be doing something right. But what makes Breaking Blue such a great workplace? Below are some of the perks us BBers get to benefit from as a reward for our hard work and dedication to what we do.
We invest in training
Our people are our greatest and most important asset. That’s why we set up an award-winning team The Academy, who have developed an extensive training programme including sharing sessions, practical workshops, formal presentations and even industry-recognised qualifications. The Academy runs over 60 training sessions every year, working closely with the Market Research Society as a company partner and with other organisations, to ensure we deliver training to a high standard.
We even occasionally invite clients along to join in. BB-ers have also undertaken client placements and internships to immerse our team fully in their businesses.
Corporate & Social Responsibility
We take CSR very seriously. Every year, our CSR team organises a variety of fundraiser events to support national and international charities such as Médecins Sans Frontières, Macmillan, Mind and Parenta Trust. We also place great importance on the environment and sustainability. We’re proud to say that last year 92% of our waste was recycled.
The wellbeing of our employees and finding a good work-life balance is key to our success. Our team provides a programme of activities promoting a healthy working environment – from baking and gardening, to mountain biking and yoga! This team also considers our working environment to reduce stress and improve productivity, including office configuration, storage, impact of noise, music… and treats of course!
Our flexible working allows us have a great work-life balance. We can work remotely as well as flex our hours across our working days, making walking our dog or picking up the kiddies from school stress-free.
We are open and honest in the way we communicate
Our core method of communication is our monthly all-staff meeting called ‘Put in the Picture’ or ‘PitP’ if you’re a BBer. During PitPs we update on our financial position and communicate important information relating to the business and everyone can ask questions to the board directly. And we record a podcast to make sure that those who can’t attend are kept in the loop of what’s going on in the business.
We also share all the latest news and our procedures and policies on our company intranet, open to all members of staff. And our offices are open-plan, supporting an ‘open discussion with no walls!’ culture.
Do you wish you worked here after reading up?
I don’t blame you, I’ve been part of the team for 6 years myself – developing from being a coordinator to managing our marketing activities. So whether you’re our client wanting to upgrade your research skills or a graduate looking to enter the working world we’d love to hear from you.