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The Retention Game – Q&A with Alex Stitch, Finance Assistant

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18 Jan 2017
Alex Stitch is a Finance Assistant at Sellick Partnership, and has worked with the business for almost two years. Alex is currently studying towards his ACCA qualification (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) with the business which he hopes to complete by 2019.

We sat down with Alex to ask him about his role and what employee retention means to him as well as the steps Sellick Partnership have taken to retain their staff.

What has your career been like to date and how did you start working at Sellick Partnership?

I briefly worked as a Recruitment Consultant at another agency before spending six months working and travelling in Australia. On my return, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in finance and chose Sellick Partnership because of my previous experience as a consultant.

What does a typical working day look like at Sellick Partnership?

On a typical working day I run contractor payroll, this means I deal with any queries that arise with contractors, clients and consultants, ensuring the process runs as smoothly and as efficiently as possible.

My role can vary quite considerably day-to-day. I am often faced with problems and queries that need to be resolved immediately, and these can differ daily depending on the client or candidate I am dealing with. We also have a number of stringent processes and procedures in place which we adhere to at all times – this certainly keeps me and the team on our toes.

What is your favourite thing about working in the recruitment sector?

I really enjoy working with a variety of clients and organisations and learning about the different sectors that we operate within.

How does Sellick Partnership ensure employees feel happy and valued?
Sellick Partnership are excellent at recognising employees for their hard work. Personally I know that as I grow with the business they will give me a greater level of responsibility to develop my skillset, which makes me feel like a valued member of the team.

I am also studying towards my ACCA professional qualification which Sellick Partnership are funding and supporting me through, proving that they have a real interest in my personal and professional development.  They are currently investing a great deal of time and money into my future and as a result I feel very loyal and always strive to do my best.

Additionally the culture within Sellick Partnership is unique to other organisations. Everyone is very friendly and open and the company benefits they provide create a great atmosphere to work in. I particularly enjoy the sporting initiatives including the annual Manchester Professionals’ Cricket League (MPCL) and the Manchester Professionals’ Football League (MPFL) as well as our annual Teambuilding event. I also enjoy the End of Financial Year Awards that takes place annually to reward employees and recognise individuals for going the extra mile across the year. Events like this are always good at bringing teams together to celebrate the success of our colleagues and the business overall.

What tips would you give to businesses that want to increase their employee retention rate?
I believe it is very important for staff to feel valued and working for a company that is happy to invest not only money but time into your future is always important. This also ties into how important culture is, everyone wants to feel like a valued member of the team and the organisation as a whole, and businesses need to reflect this if they want to ensure they retain their employees.

Which employee perk do you benefit from the most?
For me as an employee it is the investment into my professional qualification that I am benefitting from the most. I am able to put all the theory I am learning into practice on a daily basis and have expert support on hand to help me develop both as a person and as a financial professional. It is steps like this that organisations should take in order to retain employees and keep a happy and productive workforce.

Find out more about what employers can do to retain staff in our "Retention Game" blog series:

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