- Work-Life Balance
White Space genuinely is a fantastic place to work, with a very different culture to most consultancies and large corporates:
- Work-life balance: We deliver amazing projects for household name clients, but have a relaxed culture without the excessive hours that can be commonplace in strategy consultancy
- Great colleagues: Our staff are all interested in and engaged with the world, enjoy thinking through and solving complex problems, support each other and go the extra mile for each other and for our clients
- Central Oxford location: We’re based right in the heart of Oxford, opposite Christ Church College. Shops, cafes, art galleries and gyms are all within 5mins. walk
- We care: We care deeply about our staff, our clients and also about our broader community. We regularly work for charities, often free of charge, supporting organisations including Shelter, British Heart Foundation and Helen & Douglas House
- Future vision: We’re creating a totally new kind of company, and want our staff to help make this happen
Monday Night Football
Our analysts wanted to share their love of football with the office, and decided to get involved with the Power Play Kidlington league, creating the first ever White Space football team. The ‘Bee’s Knees’ (funded by White Space) debuted their fancy footwork in January 2017 with a slightly hairy start to the season. Winning hasn’t been our strong point, however, as they say it’s all about the taking part! We also hold more informal kickabouts in the summer.
Tuesday evening – Pub Quiz
It’s not quite Monday, nor the end of the week. What better way to spend a Tuesday evening than at a pub quiz? Every other Tuesday you can find the White Space quiz team at the Big Society, burger and pint in hand, testing their general knowledge. The White Space quiz team regularly aces the music and specialist rounds, but could do with some improvement in the celeb and quirky news rounds to push to the top of the leader board!
Yoga is a brilliant form of exercise, and a great way for our staff to unwind after a busy week at work. Held across an hour on Thursday lunchtimes, we hire in a private yoga teacher to help relax the mind and body. Popular moves amongst the office are ‘the warrior’ and ‘the cobra’, with ‘the crow’ being the next move to master.
Friday 5pm Pub
Hurray, we’ve made it to the end of another great week at work! We love to socialise at White Space, every Friday at 5pm the office heads off to the pub. It’s a great way to round off the week and catch up with team members you may not have worked closely with during the week. Our favourite stomping ground is the St Aldates Tavern; however, we can easily be swayed by the tempting happy hour cocktails at House Bar.
We’re great believers that exercise helps our work brains to function better. We’ve teamed up with Dig Me Fitness and purchased batches of vouchers for staff to use at their spinning classes. Alex, Managing Analyst, is our resident spinner and regularly attends the classes before work – we totally understand if you’d rather sleep though! There are also great lunchtime and after work classes to try out, with their ‘Throwback Thursday Ride’ most popular in the office.
Monthly Office Socials
Once a month our ‘Head of Fun’ (aka our Office Manager) organises an office wide night out. This usually involves dinner, drinks and sometimes dancing if the night takes us there! We love to try new places in Oxford, highlights have included Lebanese food, tapas and pretty much every burger restaurant across the city.
Love to read but don’t have anyone to discuss your current book with? The White Space book club could be your solution. This is quite a recent addition to our extra-curricular activities; the book club meets once every two months to discuss their latest book. Our most recent read was the Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma.
We appreciate that not everyone will be able to socialise after work, therefore we started the idea of office lunch. Around payday, as a treat, we order in lunch and sit together in our boardroom. A firm favourite in the office is Atomic Burger on Cowley Road.
Summer and Christmas Events
Every year we organise a summer do and a Christmas do to celebrate and thank our staff for their brilliant work.
For the summer do we close the office for the day and head off site for an activity. Previous years have involved water skiing, Go Ape and a day at the Ascot races. This is followed with an evening out and hopefully beautiful English weather to accompany us!
At Christmas, we like to make sure we are away from the office celebrating in a great pub or restaurant. We never take ourselves too seriously, and the highlight of the Christmas do is secret Santa – if you’ve ever received a present you like you’re doing it wrong!