Image caption: Members of BHP’s team entered the York 10k pre-pandemic.

BHP LLP, the largest independent firm of chartered accountants in Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, has been recognised as a well led and well managed organisation demonstrating ‘outstanding’ levels of employee engagement, despite the current unprecedented circumstances.

The organisation, which has been in existence for over 150 years and was founded on the promise of technological innovation, has been certified by Best Companies and recognised for its commitment to employees, with a 2-star accreditation rating.

The accolade reflects the commitment BHP showed to employees from the start of the pandemic, where they rolled out initiatives such as firm-wide webinars to provide updates on areas including financial information, remote working and the reopening of offices.

BHP used Microsoft Teams to share information on managing work/life balance when working from home, mental wellbeing advice, and to promote physical exercise during lockdown. The organisation identified those who were struggling working at home and allowed them to work in the office in a safe way once the first national lockdown started to lift.

Lisa Leighton, Joint Managing Partner, said: “We are delighted to have maintained our 2-star accreditation from Best Companies. The accreditation is a true testament to the way everyone at BHP has adapted and supported each other…to once again demonstrate an ‘outstanding’ level of engagement. We are already planning on how we use the feedback from staff to continue to make BHP a great place to work.”

Best Companies has over 20 years’ experience in helping organisations measure and improve employee engagement using a robust methodology, with their accreditation standard certifying excellence in the workplace since 2006.

Jonathan Austin, Founder and CEO of Best Companies, said: “BHP LLP’s fantastic achievement demonstrates that they have been well led and well managed during these most testing of times. They’ve continued to put their people at the forefront of all they do and have been rewarded with outstanding levels of engagement – congratulations.”