National business law firm DWF has been independently ranked as one of the top two law firms for employee satisfaction in an independent survey. The research, conducted by Legal Week, collated the views of thousands of solicitors and trainee solicitors across the top UK firms and saw DWF ranked second overall. The firm also ranked third of all national law firms for professional satisfaction and in the top three of all UK firms for management, which covers key areas such as strategic direction, cooperation and teamwork, recognition and praise, line management and internal communication.
Over the past 12 months DWF has introduced a number of initiatives to boost employee engagement and satisfaction, which include supporting the firm’s flexible and agile workforce through a £12 million investment in technology; launching a women’s network to support the development of female talent; establishing a partner-led diversity steering group to further the diversity agenda and introducing a new performance measurement and reward framework to more accurately, comprehensively, fairly and equitably measure each employee’s total personal contribution to the business’ success.
The firm has also launched the DWF Academy, a new learning and development initiative designed to enhance and support the career and personal development of its people, and has introduced more transparent and collaborative communication tools to ensure people have direct and open access to the managing partner, these include town hall style Q&A forums, Yammer, the firm’s internal social network and the instant messenger Lync. All are designed to improve knowledge sharing across the firm and facilitate increased access to the senior management teams.
Catherine Williams, Chief People Officer at DWF, commented: “Our culture and values are extremely important and we understand that our people not only want a great place to work but also value and take pride in creating it. We are delighted with the ranking and the recognition of our progress over the past 12 months. We are also committed to driving further improvement through continued communication, feedback and engagement with our people. ”