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Inchcape's fleet division commended as a great place to work

Inchcape Fleet Solutions is celebrating being named as one of the top companies to work for in the UK for the second consecutive year.

Inchcape Fleet Solutions, which has almost 48,000 company cars and vans on its books, has achieved ‘Ones to Watch’ status in the ‘2011 Best Companies To Work For’ survey.

The annual staff survey by Best Companies - the workplace engagement specialists - repeats the achievement of Inchcape Fleet Solutions in 2010 when the company attained the ‘Ones to Watch’ accreditation for the first time.

Jonathan Austin, founder and CEO of Best Companies told Inchcape Fleet Solutions’ managing director Steve Archer “This is an achievement of which you and your organisation should be proud.”

Inchcape Fleet Solutions’ HR director Kerry Howard said: “We are delighted to have achieved ‘Ones to Watch’ status for the second consecutive year.”

The company quizzes its 179 head office employees twice a year on workplace engagement relating to: my manager, leadership, my company, personal growth, my team, giving something back, fair deal and well being. The results are then used as the basis for its Best Companies’ survey submission.

Howard said: “Following the 2010 survey results we put together an action plan to address a number of areas and launched a new range of benefits to staff.”

New initiatives designed to further improve the working life of Inchcape Fleet Solutions employees include:

•A birthday lie-in - employees on their birthday can arrive at work three hours after their scheduled start time
•A healthy option - free fruit for all staff every Wednesday
•Health shield - Inchcape Fleet Solutions contributes a cash sum towards costs incurred by staff as a result of dental, physiotherapy, optician or chiropody treatment
•Health screening - representatives of specialist company Screen Ethics attend Inchcape Fleet Solutions’ head office and provide health information and carry out tests on employees such as measuring heart rate, their body mass index, checking if they are anaemic and an osteoporosis check.
Ms Howard said: “We believe that Inchcape Fleet Solutions is a great place to work and accreditation through the Sunday Times’ further supports this.

“We are committed to trying to win a place in the Sunday Times’ Best 100 companies to Work For listings in the future. We will continue our journey whilst looking to introduce new ideas to the benefit of staff that we believe will help achieve our ambition.”

The company’s continuous process of improvement is aimed at achieving Best Companies’ ‘star status’ - an elite ‘Michelin style’ star rating system for organisations that demonstrates high levels of employee engagement.

Howard added: “Continuous improvement across all areas of our business is crucial if we are to remain at the forefront of delivering customer excellence. We want to benchmark ourselves against other leading companies in all sectors of business and commerce and not just those in the fleet industry. Taking part in the Best Companies’ survey enables us to do that.”

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