All we want for Xmas this year is an MRS Best Place to Work Award

Hollywood may have rolled out the red carpet back in September but now it’s time for the world of research to follow suit ahead of “the biggest event in the industry’s social calendar”, the annual MRS Awards.

At IFF we’ve already begun dusting off the tuxedoes and sifting through the frocks ahead of Monday night’s event where we’ve been nominated for the Best Place to Work award for the second time in three years. Whether we win or lose isn’t really that important at this stage and whether or not we’re recognised as the best place to work in the industry, we’re pretty confident that you’d have to go a long way to get even close to matching our team.

Shining a light on our shining lights

This award honours those that place people at the heart of their strategy, something we see as being fundamental to success at IFF. We endeavour to provide illumination in a world which is characterised by information overload, and thereby to help organisations, businesses and individuals to make better-informed decisions.

Our research is done for people, through people and by people. And we believe that the best way of achieving the results that keep our clients coming back to us time and again is by developing a work culture built on a foundation of respect and trust which allows all of our staff to contribute to the fullness of their considerable abilities.

Our team is made up of some of the most hardworking, friendly and imaginative individuals you could possibly find and there is a unique sense of community stemming from a conscious encouragement of work-social balance that has created a camaraderie among staff at all levels and functions.

“IFF combines a bright, enthusiastic and people-centric service with innovative data collection methodologies to ensure the delivery of an exceptional end-product.” Matthew Ashman – HESA

Skills development

Career progression is woven into our fabric and we support staff in developing skills across 6 areas (Research, Client, Technical, Business, Soft skills, Specialist) through our unique ‘Learning and Development Pathway’. This structure has been developed by volunteers from our team who wish to improve upon their own leadership skills and includes a blend of internal, MRS, SRA, AQR and other external courses and conferences which are continuously reviewed and updated following recommendations from staff. It’s important to us that all voices are heard and people are consulted at each stage along the pathway to ensure our structure is meeting their own individual needs.

A gold standard in fieldwork

It’s an obvious truth but one which is so often over-looked in our industry that our team includes interviewers as well as executives. IFF has around 300 interviewers on our payroll at any time and this team is one of our strongest assets. we are one of the last remaining agencies to offer a truly ‘onsite’ telephone research solution. Within the team there are opportunities for consistent performers to move into supervisor and management roles within the fieldwork team and beyond. Two of our current Directors started out as telephone interviewers!

At IFF operations and research work as one cohesive team, a direct result of the open and collaborative approach of both departments and the people who manage them. Being human first is not only one of our core values but an important approach we take to working. Our people are friends as well as colleagues and always aim for a Win Win.

Awarding excellence

The winner of this award will demonstrate innovative thinking, enlightened approaches and new initiatives that make their organisation a great place to work and we are confident that IFF not only meet but exceed these classifications.

It is a positive reflection of how our industry has grown over the 50 years that IFF have been in operation that all nominees will be in a similar position and we wish the very best to all agencies nominated across all categories, commending them on their commitment to driving our sector forward. By continuing to push each other we will ensure that our industry not only survives, but thrives during these challenging times and we look forward to a great night regardless of the result.

What it’s like to work at IFF