Beer o’clock helps firm to be named a top employer

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FORGET screen breaks, what about Wii breaks?

And how about celebrating mistakes, rather than being shouted at for them?

These are just two of the reasons why a data storage company has been named one of the best small businesses to work for in the UK.

PEER 1 Hosting’s £10m data storage centre in Havant opened with great fanfare last year, and the Southampton-based company has been expanding rapidly.

And now it is ranked 16th out of 25 in the Best Workplaces Programme, following a rigorous employee and management assessment by the Great Place to Work Institute.

To keep its Havant staff motivated, PEER 1 offers its employees beer o’clock every Friday, Wii room with comfy sofas; ‘cock up of the week’, where the funniest things to have gone wrong that week are written on a blackboard, free breakfasts for everyone, and a lunch outing before payday.

The storage centre is within the Langstone Technology Park building, which also offers Starbucks, on site gym and a nursery.

Dominic Monkhouse, EMEA managing director for PEER 1 Hosting, said: ‘Our staff focus on providing the service excellence which our customers expect, so we work hard to create a passionate and inspiring work environment for our staff, it’s a two way process.

‘Winning this ranking doesn’t mean our task is over, we’ll continue to enhance the PEER 1 workplace, to become the best place to work in the industry.’

The Best Workplaces Programme is the largest of its kind and surveys both employees and management to get a complete overview of the organisation’s HR policies and practices and how these are perceived by employees.

The programme focuses on employee’s trust of their management, pride in their work and their level of enjoyment working with colleagues through a culture audit.

Employees working for organisations named by Great Place to Work are 87 per cent less likely to leave the organisation, according to the Maclaod Government Review.

Tom O’Byrne, chief executive of Great Place to Work, said: ‘This has been a particularly good year for the Best Workplaces list.’

A copy of the full UK list can be found at greatplacetowork.co.uk/best-workplaces/best-workplaces-in-the-uk/624-2012