London — Feb. 20
Training Synergy, a training solutions provider that holds “investor in people” (IIP) accreditation, is developing its corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy and encouraging some novel CSR activities from its staff.
David Field, Training Synergy director, said the copmany’s CSR policy demonstrates its strong commitment to its staff and to its local communities.
“Each member of our staff is entitled to three days off work, with pay, each year in order to take part in CSR-related activities,” he said.
Training Synergy supports a range of CSR activities involving its staff, including:
- Being actively involved in helping to maintain local historical sites.
- Visiting schools and acting as classroom volunteers to help children learn to read.
- Fund-raising activities for various charities.
“This is only part of our policy of investment in our staff,” Field said.
He also said the policy includes allowing each of Training Synergy’s employees access to at least 700 of training courses in 2006.
“We’ve also invested heavily in office facilities and the latest ergonomically designed office furniture,” he said. “And we’ve installed a break-out area complete with sofas, television, pool table and table tennis table.
“Our staff work flexible hours and access to home working. In addition, we operate family-friendly policies for employees who are also looking after children.”
Daniel Hanlon, Training Synergy managing director, said these efforts are for both recruitment and retention.
“All of this is designed not only to make us an exemplary modern-day employer but also to attract and retain high-quality staff,” he said. “We seem to be succeeding, given our recent results, which enabled Training Synergy to achieve 15th place in 2006’s list of the ‘Top 50 IT training companies,’ compiled by market analysts IT Skills Research.
“We are creating a positive working environment so that we can bring the best out of our employees and give them a stress-reduced and enjoyable office environment.”
“Unusually for a company that operates in the IT industry, women comprise some 70 percent of our 120-strong workforce,” he said. “Our approach of emphasising the work-life balance, along with the importance we attach to our CSR policy — including our commitment to actively supporting charities — is highly popular with our staff.
“This has not only improved staff morale, but we have also noticed a 20 percent increase in worker efficiency and productivity since we have put these policies in place.”