Charity begins at work
I’ve always cared deeply about helping people, both in my personal life and throughout my career. When we started Wirehive one of the things that was most important to us was making a company not only where people loved to work but where people were enabled to pursue their interests outside of work.
People are the core of our business, from our amazing technical team to those that handle the relationships with our clients and partners. As none of us are of the 9 to 5 temperament we felt it was imperative that our culture of flexible working supported not just family life (as important as it is) but personal growth and participation in community activities.
Outside of Wirehive one of my passions is giving back and supporting our local community.
I do this through my involvement and volunteering with Surrey Search & Rescue, a charity who specialise in finding vulnerable missing people. Over the last 5 years I’ve given over 2000 hours’ time to the organisation and have recently been appointed as one of the trustees of the charity. I find the work incredibly rewarding and have gained great insight into managing and supporting a large team of 100 people from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. In fact the experience has directly helped me manage the fast pace of change in the business as we’ve grown the team and our offerings at Wirehive.
When we realised how much the support of a business such as Wirehive could make to a charity like Surrey Search & Rescue and how much we gained in our own development from our involvement with them it seemed obvious that we could and should help. We have been supporting the charity with simple things such as meeting and training spaces at our head office, using the knowledge and technical ability of our staff to build new systems for the organisation and being generous with both my time and others in the company. We have recently introduced volunteer days to all our staff to allow them leave from work to support SurSAR or other charities of their choice.
We didn’t expect anything in return for our support of the charity however, we found to our surprise and delight that employee engagement and satisfaction with Wirehive increased. In addition many of our customers have commented positively around our engagement and support of our local community and consequently feel Wirehive is a more personable organisation to do business with.
While this is an unexpected bonus, the most important thing is I know that we’re making a difference to where we live and work, ensuring people’s loved ones make it home safe and helping people through difficult events such as the devastating flooding we’ve seen in recent years.
So while offering time out of a business may initially seem like a cost, my experience has been that it is rewarding beyond personal satisfaction.
Look out for an upcoming article from our CTO Simon about his pioneering use of drones in the lowland rescue environment to aid in the search for missing people.