Despite another year of economic uncertainty, Whale grew by 35% year on year, embracing the challenging times and reinforcing the company values of radiating passion, having integrity in all they do, striving for excellence and having respect for individuals. This has been reflected in the positive feedback received from its committed and loyal workforce.
Being placed on the list for the second year running is truly special for Whale. As the results are purely based on employee perceptions, therefore it shows what staff think of the organisation from an unbiased viewpoint. Whale received high scores throughout the listing. In particular scoring highly in the well-being category, 88% of Whale employees feel little pressure and work related stress. Flexible working for employees provides the working environment to help people manage their work/life balance.
In 2010 Whale celebrated its 200th year anniversary since company origins and together with golf tournaments barbecues and sponsored runs, the staff at Whale are focussed on team building, fundraising and supporting the local community. Whale is also committed to the future development of all employees through investing in training including the introduction of a scheme to provide IT training to all staff who may have limited access to computers otherwise.
Staff loyalty and faith in the strong leadership is reflected by employees stating their faith in Patrick Hurst as Managing Director (89%) and belief in his sound moral principles in leading the business.
Patrick Hurst commented: "Having nearly 50% more people in the company a year on and to have made it into the listing for the second year in succession is a great endorsement for the business and its people. We have an exceptional workforce who deserve the credit for the 2011 Best Companies' Award. "