Warman O’Brien named one of the UK’s Best Workplaces™ 2024

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Warman O’Brien is proud to announce that we have been ranked Top Small Life Sciences R...

Warman O’Brien is proud to announce that we have been ranked Top Small Life Sciences Recruitment Agency and Top 35 among all the UK’s Best Workplaces™ 2024 List by Great Place To Work. 

Our ranking was revealed at the prestigious UK’s Best Workplaces™ Awards at Grovesnor House in the heart of London, which are considered the ‘gold standard’ of employer awards. Independently assessed through a rigorous and unique process, those on the list have proved they have created a great workplace culture built on trust, supported by innovative people management practices. 

Achieving our position in the Small Business category fills us with pride as we're officially acknowledged for our commitment to inclusion, quality, and growth. Over the past few years, we have introduced numerous new work-life balance incentives and policies, including a 4-day work week, a 1.5-hour lunch break allowance for well-being and exercise, hybrid work, and team-building activities throughout the year. 

We invest in our people because we believe that a great team is the only way to build a great company. That's why we always make sure we're giving them the best training, learning, and development opportunities in Life Sciences recruitment. We provide a unique 12-week training programme that is targeted to our employees' own career goals and personality. Our coaching and development encompass a mixture of classroom and ongoing desk-side training. 

Over the last year, we had been working on creating a new vision and brand values, which we recently introduced to the team: Supportive, Collaborative, Passionate, and Trusting. In defining our purpose within the industry and 𝘁𝗵𝗲 '𝘄𝗵𝘆' behind what we do, at Warman O’Brien, we seamlessly blend a passion for people with an unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional service. This synergy allows us to create a lasting and meaningful impact on the future of human health. We're thrilled about the opportunities and breakthroughs that 2024 holds for the industry.

To compile the UK’s Best Workplaces™ List, Great Place To Work® analysed confidential employee survey feedback on trust and reaching their full human potential, as well as employees’ experiences of innovation, company values, and leadership effectiveness across departments and seniority levels. They then used these data insights to benchmark the effectiveness of companies' employee value propositions against the culture their employees actually experience. Only those businesses who achieve the highest scores after evaluation receive Best Workplaces™ status. 

From our anonymous employee feedback, we can see that overall our team highly commends our dedication to ongoing learning, individual growth, and the culture of knowledge exchange across our business. Our employees referenced Warman O’Brien in their feedback as:

 “A unique place in the strong bonds that everyone has with each other.”;  

“Great company to work for, gives you what you need to be successful at your job”.  

Mark O'Brien, our Founder & CEO, commented on this achievement saying, 

"As a Warman O’Brien’s leader, I have always tried to lead from the front to show what is possible in a recruitment career and having a strong work ethic and a positive attitude can go a long way in this industry. I felt it was important to conduct this survey to be able to get feedback from everyone within the company. It's fantastic to see that our employees agree and that we have achieved this certification as a result."

Kay Wilson, our HR Business Partner, added:

"I am immensely proud of the team we have at Warman O'Brien. I have been with the company for 2 years now and one thing that has stuck with me throughout the years, is the overwhelming support and care that each team member shows each other and how genuinely happy everyone is for each other's success. I'm not saying every day is always rainbow and sunshine because we work in recruitment after all, but when 9 out of 10 days are positive ones, I think that is why we've well and truly earned our accreditation and I look forward to growing and nurturing the team for the years to come."

“At Great Place To Work® our overarching goal has consistently been to enrich the world of work by empowering companies to evolve into exceptional organisations that cater to everyone. This recognition is no mean feat and highlights companies across the UK that excel in fostering high levels of trust in leadership, instilling pride in their workforce, and cultivating strong camaraderie among colleagues. Congratulations to Warman O’Brien for being part of our 2024 UK’s Best Workplaces™ List." said Benedict Gautrey, Managing Director of Great Place To Work® UK.

This award is our second from Great Place To Work over the past 12 months as we also featured in the UK's Best Workplaces for Women™ last year. We’re so proud of this achievement and look forward to using the valuable insights Great Place To Work has provided us with to build on our culture and employee satisfaction. 

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