We're Best for the World in 2022! // 6 min reading time

Cedita ranks in the top 5% of B Corps in its size globally for its impact and responsibility to its team.

#BestForTheWorld22

Best for the World!

We could not be happier to announce that we have been named a 2022 Best for the World™ B Corp™ in recognition of our exceptional positive impact on our Workers.

To become #BestForTheWorld, B Corps must have scores in the top 5% of all companies globally for the impact area being assessed for the certification. At Cedita we have been recognised for our efforts in the Workers category, just a small part of our decision to become a B Corp and an even smaller part of our overall Corporate Responsibility.

Our commitment to our globally distributed team through our amazing benefits programs, high employee engagement and commitment to inclusion and the community have all contributed towards us receiving such a high honour!

When we first became and announced that we were a B Corp, we could have never expected to be recognised for our specific efforts.

Rudi Visser, Cedita CEO shared:

To be recognised for the way that we treat, support, and nurture our workers both professionally and personally is truly humbling. We have always wanted to do things differently, not just in what we output, but in the way that we operate and treat our staff.

Without our team being fully invested in the business and what we strive to achieve, Cedita would mean absolutely nothing and be yet another faceless business doing technology.

That we can attain this status and hopefully motivate other technology companies to do things a little differently too only marks the start of what we are doing as a business. There is lots more to come, and I'm proud to say that our team will be behind it every step of the way.

Employing in the Technology Sector

We've touched several times on why we're a B Corp, and why we believe that a happy team is one of the most important things that we can do as a business, but the reality is that it goes a lot further than that.

The technology sector has a notoriously high turnover rate (13.3%, the highest sector for those of you that are interested) with developers being hired in to stressful, high pressure environments to meet unreasonable demands and unless working for the biggest firms, squeezed salaries.

The latter of which can be somewhat unavoidable for smaller businesses, and unfortunately accounts for the largest reason that employees leave their current employers, to seek higher compensation.

It's not all bad news though, if we look at the top 3 reasons apart from salary:

  1. Looking for better working conditions (47%)
  2. Searching more responsibility (32%)
  3. Seeking more opportunities to express creativity (26%)

These are very easily addressable concerns for a business of any size.

@other-tech-businesses are you setting realistic expectations for your staff? Are you progressing your team's careers regularly? Do you let your teams feed in to your core business?

If the answer is no to any of the above, it's probably time to make a change.

Treating technology staff well

The thing is, it takes a special type of person to be a developer. The type of person that is motivated and pleased by different things potentially than the rest of your entire workforce. On top of that and more generalised, everyone is different.

At Cedita we are an all-remote business. This can be terrifying to some businesses, including (initially!) some of our clients and especially paranoid / untrusting employers who don't have the right culture fit in their teams.

But what does remote actually mean? You should just let your team work from their beds all day every day*?

No. It means empowering your teams to work everywhere and anywhere that they want to.

Some people just want to be around people and work from an office and that shouldn't be an issue nor a barrier to entry to working for a remote business. It doesn't mean that you have to have an office, but that they should have access to one (or several) wherever they go.

Some people need to be flexible with their working hours, for example to meet their familial commitments, and what difference does it make to a business if someone starts an hour later in a work day?

The good news is that 60% of businesses now offer flexible work time, and 41% allow at least some form of remote working.

* Definitely don't do this - it's a mental health nightmare.

How we empower Remote teams

It's important to ensure that your team are a culture fit for the style of business, and can be motivated enough to want to deliver what is required of them.

Further, providing the right tools to empower remote working is critical. Our teams communicate through a centralised platform that fosters discussion and primarily work from documentation. Every feature (including code that backs it, and resources for support teams to deal with any issues) is documented in the event that something goes wrong, or a customer requires assistance.

The majority of synchronous processes that plague many businesses at Cedita are removed or translated in to something that can be done asynchronously (that is, any place any time) and efficiently. This allows all of our distributed teams to work together to solve any particular business or client requirement, and always be able to find the knowledge that they need to do so.

It's why our customer support is all done via email and every team member has access to help deliver great service. Picking up the phone and demanding an immediate answer generally leads to lower quality information being given, and rushed resolutions that may be inaccurate or not fully considered.

Benefits, or Expectations?

We believe that our technology staff benefits should be basic expectations from workers by now, but we still call them benefits because so many technology companies still offer the minimum that they can to hire.

We've picked out a few highlights to share what they are and the motivation behind them.

Equipment Allowance

Equipment for work is important and personal, we don't dictate what operating system or development tools our teams use. That's why every hire immediately gets $3500 (or €2750) to get the equipment they need either for delivering work (such as a computer), or to make their work environment comfortable (chairs, desks, etc).

As a primarily Microsoft shop it may seem weird to share that 20% of our team is using Linux as their main OS.

Private Health Insurance

Nobody should have to worry about their health. That's why we provide health, dental and vision coverage to every single employee (via Bupa in the UK/EU, and Kaiser Foundation in the USA).

Globally our plans have 24 hour health hotlines for any immediate need, mental health support, regular health screening and wellness checks, and worldwide travel insurance.

Pair this with our 12 weeks of primary caregiver (and 8 weeks for secondary) leave and 2 weeks of fully paid sick leave, and you can see that we take health seriously. Oops, we said we'd only look at 1 benefit at a time.

Profit Share Bonus

Everyone at Cedita works hard to achieve our shared goals of being a tech business that does things differently. To that end, everyone gets to share in Cedita's success.

Part of that means being super excited when we get awards such as being #BestForTheWorld, but it also means directly sharing in any profit. Twice a year, we look at business performance and distribute profits for that period across the entire team.

There's no fun in a business that is only prosperous at the top.

Can you be the Best For The World?

Being a B Corp is hard. It involves monitoring your impact on the world, and continually improving to make a real difference across a number of key areas.

But at the same time, it's one of the most rewarding things that a business can be. A business with true purpose.

The Best for the World recognition is administered by B Lab, the global nonprofit network that certifies and mobilizes B Corps, which are businesses that meet high standards of positive social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today, there are more than 5,000 B Corps across 80 countries and 155 industries, unified by one common goal: building an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economic system.

Each Best for the World edition is an opportunity to raise the bar for how businesses can and should operate to create real and lasting positive impact for their workers, customers, communities, and the environment,” said Dan Osusky, Head of Standards and Insights at B Lab Global. “While no company is perfect and even the best companies can and should continue to strive to improve, the B Corps recognized as Best for the World can provide us all — standards setters, B Corps, non B Corps, and sustainability advocates — with inspiration on what true leadership in business can look like to make progress on addressing our current global challenges.

We hope that we truly can inspire other businesses particularly in the technology industry, to follow our lead.

You can find out more about B Lab and B Corps, and how to become one on their website.