Oakleaf straight into 16th place in the Sunday Times’ Best Small Companies to Work For

Three star accreditation means it has ‘extraordinary’ levels of employee engagement 

Oakleaf, the recruitment consultancy that specialises in HR, payroll, reward, pension and human capital services, has been been recognised as the 16th Best Small Company To Work For by the Sunday Times. It has also been given and the highest possible accreditation – three stars – meaning it has ‘extraordinary’ levels of employee engagement.

The Best Companies Accreditation Standard follows the elite Michelin style star rating system for organisations that demonstrate high levels of employee engagement. Based on staff feedback, organisations receive a Best Companies Index score (BCI) which determines their star rating compared to a fixed standard – ‘one to watch’ is good, one star is very good, two stars are outstanding and three stars are extraordinary. It has been producing the Accreditation Standard since 2006 and focuses on workplace engagement as an integral component of an organisation’s success and growth.

Katrina Stewart, associate partner of Oakleaf, said, “I always want people to enjoy coming to work, to learn, to make friends and feel like they are developing work skills and life skills in everything they do. Since the day I joined the Oakleaf family I knew we’d be recognised for our values and the way in which we work together. We always strive to challenge the norm, support our customers and listen to our people so we get better every day”.

Nicola Grimshaw, CEO of Oakleaf, added: “Coming into the Sunday Times list straight at 16, in the first year we have entered, is phenomenal. This has been a fantastic year for Oakleaf; we’ve been recognised for our quality standards, our financial results and our employment practices. Coming to work at Oakleaf – and I believe I can now say this for all of us – is a very happy event. We have challenges, of course, but we all work through them together to help our clients achieve their goals”.

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