When I had my first interview with redthread, I was intrigued by how different it seemed from other agencies. More people-focused, with a modern mindset. Exactly the sort of company I was looking for.
Did it seem too good to be true though? Was it everything the job advert said it would be? Well, I was reassured enough throughout the interview process and decided to jump in with both feet.
And am I glad I did. After a year of working at redthread, I’m happy to report that it is the company I thought it was, and so much more…here’s a few reasons why.
- Flexible working
This was one of the biggest advantages for me. So long as I hit my deadlines – and don’t let my colleagues down – I can work the times I feel most productive, when and where I like. With this flexibility, it’s so much easier to maintain a healthy work-life balance! Happy times!
- Remote working
Another huge one for me. First of all, no traffic – hurray! And second, I can work from the comfort of my own home: in my home office, in the garden, or even on my couch. As long as the work gets done, it really doesn’t matter where I am.
- Always learning
I love learning, developing, and growing in my professional life. At redthread, I get to work on a range of interesting projects and therapy areas. I get coaching from some of the best in the business, and we have a very open and transparent ethos of sharing our learnings. It’s a place where I definitely feel I’ll continue to grow and learn in the future.
- Safe environment to speak my mind up
One of the values that redthread is built upon is honest communication. This means that I can speak my mind. When I have an idea, I feel able to present it to others, despite them often having many more years’ experience than me. Everyone is listened to, and every idea considered. I feel – and am – listened to.
- The people
Pretty simple really: redthread’s team is a fabulous bunch of people. Probably everyone says that for their team, but it’s true. Despite the fact that we work in different locations up and down the UK, we’re a close team. We look out for each other, have each other’s backs and have a lot of fun along the way.
- A good boss
How important is this? A good boss. Sounds so simple yet not something you find often: he listens, he coaches, he pushes (in a good way!), he trusts, he understands, he encourages.
- Taking care of its people
Everyone’s physical and mental health is important at redthread. Everyone’s strongly encouraged to take breaks away from their computer. There is a dedicated wellbeing channel, covering all aspects of physical and mental health. We get to do a mental health first aid course if we choose to (which I have and it opened my eyes in so many ways). There’s always help if and when we need it.
- Not just a business
We deliver extraordinary work for our clients, yes. But redthread also exists to do the right thing. For our team, that’s donating at least 1% of our revenue to causes we care about. Last year I nominated a local charity to receive some funds from the business, and it was great to see how my hard work benefited my local community. I also love our environmental credentials. We’re always thinking about how to minimise our impact, and our redthread forest continues to grow. I absolutely LOVE that and I’m so lucky to be part of a company with an outlook that matches my own.
So there you have it. Is this a slightly rose-tinted view? Perhaps. It’s not always sunshine and rainbows. But it’s not often you find a company that fits with your personal values and people that you get along with. For all these reasons and a whole lot more, it’s a YES from me!