Orchid, the managed pub operator, has received a prestigious award for its human resources team. The company’s HR department has won a Springboard Award for Excellence. It follows a restructuring of the department and changes to employee communication strategy, which the company said has had positive results, with 71% of Orchid’s staff saying they would not leave even if offered another job. Orchid said nearly three-quarters also say they love working for the company. Recent changes implemented include creating a communications team within HR, revamping of the staff consulation committee, along with regular blogs from chief executive Rufus Hall and award schemes for employees. “This Springboard Award for employee retention and engagement is testament to our dedication to our people,” says Simon Dodd, Orchid Group commercial and people director. “I’m so proud of our award-winning HR team and this recognition proves that Orchid is a family company where people come first.”