Our Core Accounting client Missive won PR Week’s Best Places To Work Award in the Small Agency category, recognising their truly outstanding employee practices.
Missive was founded in 2015 by former O2 head of PR and campaigning Emma Hart and Hotwire’s Nicola Koronka with a simple mission in mind: to “leave PR in a better state than when we found it”. A key step to the accomplishment of their mission involves adopting innovative employment practices to their 13-strong team.
Missive’s Founders describe the agency as an “evolving cooperative”, with an aim to give the team greater say over how the agency is run. They plan on granting share options to each team member by the end of the year, following a request from the team itself: Missive prides itself on an open, non-hierarchical culture that encourages feedback.
Missive’s benefits package includes a £500 personal wellbeing allowance to spend per year, a paid sabbatical after four years, a free personal trainer, birthday leave, an annual all-expenses paid holiday, enhanced parental leave pay, and flexible working. The latter means every member of the team can decide whether to work from home or the office – they just have to tell their line manager in advance.
Mental health and general wellbeing support includes counselling and psychotherapy.
On a lighter note, each year Missive takes all staff abroad – to a destination starting with ‘M’ – for a ‘thank you’ trip. Manhattan, Montisi and Malta and Marbella have been the locations so far.
Missive has been growing 20 per cent year on year since it was founded – showing that ethical employment practices can go hand in hand with strong business performance.
We commend Missive on this well-deserved achievement, and wish them all the best for their business… as well as for their next ‘M-themed’ trip!