Springfield Win Top Employer and Employee Awards

4 June 2014
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Scotland's fastest-growing housebuilder, Springfield Properties, has won two major housing industry accolades in the annual Homes for Scotland Awards at Edinburgh.

The firm, with offices in Larbert and Elgin, are building new homes throughout Scotland. They have recently won the Homes for Scotland ‘Best Employer’ award for their ‘enlightened work culture’ in addition to having the ‘Best Employee’ in Elgin-based Aftersales Manager Ann Wojcik.

The company also collected an award for Best Customer Service for initiatives aimed at sustaining their Choices Programme that gives buyers a wide choice of finishings and equipment for their new homes.

In the words of the judges Springfield shone in the ‘Best Employer’ category which aims to identify ‘stand-out’ organisations in the Scottish house-building industry in terms of features that include workforce management, leadership, motivation, staff retention and organisational transformation.

Springfield’s staff levels are currently at 375 and the company can have up to 1000 people working on projects throughout Scotland at any one time. Springfield’s staff retention rate runs at 98.7%.

With an annual turnover of £74 million the staff have helped the house-builder return profits every year since 2008 and have reached the highest level in the current year at £5.2 million.

Commenting on the awards company chairman Sandy Adam said: “You spend more time at work that you do with your family, so you should be happy at your work.  Only happy employees can give their best to customers.”

In relation to the ‘Best Employer’ award the Homes for Scotland team said of Springfield: “This closely-contended category saw Springfield’s approach to employee motivation clinch it for the judges.

“They were especially impressed by the policy of empowering employees as decision-makers, an emphasis on training opportunities as well as demonstrations of well-developed reward systems.

“Further stand-out features of this enlightened work culture included high staff retention and an explicit connection between customer service and staff development, all of which contributed to a virtuous circle of business benefits.”