Tuesday, 23 February 2016 08:52

AAB becomes one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For

Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP (AAB), one of the leading independent firms of Chartered Accountants in Scotland, has been awarded a two-star accreditation from Best Companies, the employee engagement specialists, and simultaneously have secured themselves a place at number 52 in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For List.

The firm achieved its highest ever score on Best Companies’ survey, which examined the ins-and-outs of company life. The survey reveals how employees really perceive their work environment.

AAB had an exceptional response rate of 80.08% to the survey which could be attributed to the numerous ways in which the firm engages with its employees. The firm have dedicated sports, social and fundraising committees who organise various events for staff throughout the year and encourage staff to get involved with the firm by representing AAB in recruitment activities, participating in firm-wide initiatives, including sharing their ideas and suggestions for their new purpose-built office at Prime Four Business Park (move in date expected to be May 2016), in addition to feedback, lunch and learns, training and update sessions. As well as this, in 2015 the firm introduced a new internal communications platform to enable employees to communicate in real time, encouraging discussions, feedback, ideas and knowledge sharing across the firm and they also introduced their ‘happy people award’ – an award which acknowledges staff who go above and beyond their day job. Furthermore, the firm create personal training and development programmes tailored to each individual and provide them with the tools to develop themselves personally, going beyond their technical ability and out with their field of expertise to become all-round business advisors.

Graeme Allan, Managing Partner at AAB said “This is a fantastic achievement for everyone at our firm. We recognise that exceptional people are our greatest asset and everyone at AAB has a role to play in our growth, development and success. That’s why taking care of our great team and keeping us all together is our priority and we are delighted to receive this well-earned accolade that acknowledges this.

Karen Stewart, Chief Human Resources Officer at AAB added “We have an unrelenting focus on innovation and operational improvement at AAB and I am proud that we never stand still through constantly searching for creative ways to grow our talent and reward our staff. It was particularly gratifying to discover through Best Companies that our staff believe in and live the values of our firm, see that they have a positive future with us and that they are proud to work for AAB. As a firm we have won a number of awards but to have this award, which is judged by our staff, is a huge success. We call ourselves happy people at AAB and this award shows that our people truly are!

Workplace happiness and engagement is an increasingly key factor for business success and by ensuring that our employees are engaged, motivated, committed and ultimately empowered to be the best they can be, we are able to offer our clients the best possible service to meet their needs.”

Jonathan Austin, CEO and Founder of Best Companies commented “I would like to congratulate AAB on their outstanding achievement. This year it is encouraging to see that more and more organisations are recognising the value of employee engagement and are willing to benchmark themselves against the best to ensure they are offering their employees the best possible experience. Organisations like AAB have continued to focus on their employees and have been rewarded with an engaged workforce who tell us that this is a great place to work.”

Since its conception in 1990, AAB has taken a proactive approach to taking care of its members of staff by always putting them at the centre of the firm, creating a culture which staff enjoy working in and building a business knowing that exceptional people are their greatest asset.

AAB have over 250 people working in specialised teams across 37 different service lines, all focused on working in partnership with clients to understand their ambitions and to help deliver them.

Find out what our staff had to say about this recognition here.

Our feature in the editorial listing from The Sunday Times winner’s supplement can be viewed here.

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