Astute Technical Recruitment was named as one of the industry’s standout performers at this year’s The Recruitment Network (TRN) Summer Retreat at the De Vere Beaumont Hotel in Windsor on 10-11 July.
Astute scored highest in the TRN’s culture survey, which was conducted by MyPeople specialists in measuring the environmental, behavioural and psychological factors that affect team performance.
It was the largest recruitment industry study of its kind, which saw 699 people from 46 companies take part.
Terry Buckel, Founder and CEO of Astute, said, “We are a people business and I want to put people firmly at the heart of everything we do”.
“The most successful businesses can only thrive because they are underpinned by a great culture and our people have created a high-achieving environment that encourages every individual to perform to the highest of standards.
“This recognition is testament to the team’s hard work and I am incredibly proud of our achievement.”
As part of the survey, participants were asked a variety of questions such as what it’s like to work in a recruitment business and what the high performers are doing differently.
Traditionally, culture is an area the recruitment sector struggles in; however, the survey showed that Astute is excelling and has achieved:
Career progression 20% above the average
Adaptability 10% above the average
Innovation 13% above the average
With the impact of this being an 8-10% reduction in health risks and 8-11% improvement in employee engagement and satisfaction.
The aspects of organisational culture most strongly experienced and endorsed by the Astute team are:
Social Responsibility - The organisation values responsible and ethical behaviour
Purpose - Individuals are a key part of the organisation and feel valued
Results - The organisation has clear goals and a focus on results
About the survey:
The survey took place between May and June of 2023 and 37 companies were considered for it.
MyPeople’s Culture Health Check measures four interlinked areas of organisational health:
1) Organisational Culture: This refers to the shared values in the organisation, how work
gets done, and what it feels like to work in the organisation. Organisational Culture is what
guides behaviour in an organisation. The Culture Health Check measures thirteen key
aspects of organisational culture.
2) Employee Engagement: This refers to the overall feeling employees have about their
work and the organisation. The Culture Health Check uses the proven Utrecht Work
Engagement Scale, which comprises a three-part model of engagement:
Vigour – Do employees put-in extra effort
Dedication – Are employees proud and enthusiastic about their work?
Absorption – Are employees immersed in their work?
3) Health and Wellbeing:The key drivers of attrition and workplace stress are measured
based on the Work Engagement Scale. They are:
Work Demands – how overworked employees feel
Job Boredom – the extent to which employees are tired of their role
Low Energy Levels – the loss of energy due to workplace factors
Job Satisfaction – the overall satisfaction employees feel with their role
Burnout – the combination of all of the above as an indicator of burnout
4) Employee Net Promoter Score: This is an overall rating, on a scale from 0 to 10, of the
extent to which employees would recommend working in the organisation to others. It is
defined as the relative proportion of ‘Promoters’ (ratings of 9 or 10) to ‘Detractors’ (ratings
between 0 and 6).