I was bursting with pride and joy when ANS were once again announced not only as one of the top 100 Companies to work for in the UK, but actually within the top 20 companies for a second consecutive year!
The Sunday Times Best Companies accreditation focuses on Workplace Engagement as an integral component of an organisations’ success and growth and this year marked ANS’ fifth appearance in the country’s most searching and extensive research into employee engagement.
This year, we placed 18th in the list and also scooped up the maximum 3-star accreditation which rates the organisation as ‘extraordinary’.
If you’ve been keeping up to date with my blog posts, you’ll know I published a post called ‘People and Transformation’ in August last year which explained how, at the time, ANS was in the midst of the biggest operational shift in our history. Having built our heritage in Managed Services and Converged Infrastructure, we started to change trajectory and establish our dominance in the cloud. This was by no means an easy shift. It was a massive cultural change for every team across the business. We had to modify our sales pitches, re-write our messaging, get our heads around new billing techniques and on-board new partners and suppliers; but no one complained. Everyone just got on with it and together we made it work.
Of course, there have been challenges along the way and it definitely hasn’t been plain sailing so when Best Companies circulated their survey for 2018, I was naturally curious to see what the feedback would reveal.
This year we actually received our highest ever response rate to the survey with over 80% of our team providing feedback. The data we’ve received has been absolutely invaluable and we now plan to spend the next few months actioning areas for improvement to help make ANS an even better place to work.
As well as dominating the cloud market this year, we’ve also focused on improving performance reviews, providing flexible working and improving collaboration across the business.
ANS has always had a strong passion for driving corporate responsibility campaigns and this year was no different. Last year we partnered with Ecotricity to completely eliminate our carbon footprint generated by the power supply at our head office in Manchester. We also donated over £91,000 to charity in 2017 as well as setting up the ‘ANS Food Bank’ to encourage food donations to help support struggling families in the local area.
Before I end this post, I’d just like to take the opportunity to say a genuine, heartfelt thank you to every single team member at ANS for all their hard work over the last 12 months and to all of our partners who are continuing to support us to help make ANS an amazing place to work.
To read the full Best Companies press release please click here