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Best collegiate culture

2021 winner

Keystone Law

Knowledge of home working to develop a truly next level pandemic response programme. Keystone’s winning combination of imaginative ideas and tech innovation delivered strong engagement across the entire workforce. 

Fun initiatives, such as creating the Keystone Arms virtual boozer and hosting a Winter Wonderland online party, made the employee experience as productive and enjoyable as possible. Keystone went above and beyond by employing dynamic platforms such as Remo and PULSE to ensure the needs of the firm’s fun and supportive community were met by their tech stack. Keystone’s collegiate culture really shone through in the pandemic, demonstrating how positive employee experience can help build a brand when Keystone Law were named the UK’s happiest law firm. 



2nd place


Haysmacintyre delivered a first class team engagement programme, ‘haysmacintyre connect’, to foster wellbeing and connect employees in a meaningful way during pandemic-induced remote working.

The judges were impressed by the active role of haysmacintyre’s leadership team, their genuine focus on team welfare and wellbeing, and the initiative’s measurable impact on staff engagement.

This initiative increased connectivity and productivity, while simultaneously helping staff to maintain a healthy work/life balance. haysmacintyre put wellbeing to the fore by implementing programmes including a wellbeing hub, courses on compassionate leadership and preventing burn-out, and one-to-one counselling and guidance on meditation, sleep, and relaxation. They also mobilised 90% of their team to walk or run the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats for their BIG haysmac fundraiser in aid of London Samaritans and Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital Foundation.

The high level of engagement from the leadership team at haysmacintyre demonstrated what can be achieved in challenging conditions when a great company culture helps the whole team pull together.