FLEET Alliance has been voted A Best Workplace For Women 2022.
The award is the second time the Glasgow-based leasing broker has been recognised as A Best Workplace for Women. It follows closely on its 10th Best Place to Work Award from the Great Place to Work Institute.
Fleet Alliance CEO, Andy Bruce, said:
We believe this award is particularly noteworthy because our business is immersed in the automotive industry which is male-dominated – something that we think needs to change. Here at Fleet Alliance, making the workplace a happy, inclusive and welcoming environment is crucial to us all.
Qualifying criteria for the Best Workplace for Women award require a business to demonstrate a minimum of 25% of women in the workforce; 20% female representation at mid-level management; and a minimum of more than one woman on the board of directors or at executive level.
Fleet Alliance’s corresponding figures are 53%, 40% and 33%.
Andy Bruce continued:
It’s more than just numbers. Creating the right environment and culture has to work across the board. So, it’s getting the balance right for all. Another way of describing it, we believe, is simply that we’re all equal.
Andy added that the award demonstrated consistent values at Fleet Alliance, and formed part of the company’s overarching Environmental, Social and Governance agenda.
He said this was based on its core workplace ethic of ‘Fleet Alliance Loves’: fairness, trust, engagement and respect. He added:
All employee actions regardless of the level of seniority in the business are underpinned by these Fleet Alliance fundamentals.
Laura Muir (pictured right), head of AR & partner at Fleet Alliance, commented:
When I first started in the industry 18 years ago, it was very male dominated, and I find that’s still often the case when I speak to other organisations. But not at Fleet Alliance.
Here you feel at ease in an office where there is a lot of respect – we can openly discuss issues such as mental health, gender equality, sexuality and menopause without fear.
I don’t feel there are barriers to progression, either. I’ve never felt uneasy about promotion because I’m the ‘wrong sex’. On the contrary, it’s empowering when you see women in the office that are in positions of management.
I think much of this is down to the open-minded attitude that permeates from the top down: everyone is treated equally – it’s an environment that’s very welcoming.
Ralph Morton is the leading journalist in the leasing broker sector and editor of Broker News, the website which provides information and news for BVRLA-registered leasing brokers. He also writes extensively on the fleet and leasing market in both the UK and Europe.