A Dorset law firm has been named an “outstanding” place to work by employee engagement specialist Best Companies. Frettens, which has offices in Christchurch and Ringwood, achieved the accolade after staff at the company took part in an anonymous survey.
The firm has gained its highest ever score, it said, achieving the outstanding accreditation – the second-highest grading.
“To be recognised as a leading employer is excellent, however it is not the reason for doing it,” said managing partner Matthew Fretten. “We want to be the best law firm to work at in the area, and the best way to find out how we can get there is by asking the team.”
A total of 93% of staff completed the survey, which asked questions about leadership, management, culture, colleagues, pay and charity work.
Frettens, which has carried out the survey with Best Companies since 2018, said it uses the results each year to identify ways it can make working at the firm “even better” for staff.
“The reason for almost all of the big changes we have made in recent years can be traced back to these annual results, and it is really encouraging to see the levels of engagement continue to improve,” said Mr Fretten.
Last year, Frettens was listed in the 50 best small companies to work for. During 2022, it hired 30 new staff to the team.
“It is all very well saying “we want to be a great place to work”, it is quite another to ask your staff to tell you, anonymously, what they think of the workplace every year,” Mr Fretten added. “This year, we saw significant increases in ratings for the areas we highlighted for improvement on the back of last year’s results. This is a trend I hope will continue next year as we continue to invest in improvements.”
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