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2 months ago by Thea Fraser

Workplace Engagement and the Four-Day Working Week

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Last Friday, we officially ranked as a UK Best-in-Class Company to Work For, for the second year running. We are proud to have been shortlisted for a number of categories, including 'The UK's Top 100 Best Small Companies' and 'Recruitment's 40 Top Best Companies' to work for. We ranked 21st and 13th respectively, and we were particularly commended for our environmental initiatives and employee rewards. We were also awarded a three-star accreditation – the highest standard - for workplace engagement by Best Companies.

Workplace engagement is a vital component to the success of any organisation, and we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace environment where voices are heard, diversity is celebrated, and our team love coming into work every day. We are incredibly proud to be recognised for our efforts, but it is our employees we must thank; we wouldn't be where we are today without the hard work of our fantastic team and their transparency when completing the survey. 

In addition to our internal employee engagement surveys, the Best Companies survey offers an open platform of communication between employers and employees whereby we can celebrate our progress and highlight the areas where there is room for improvement. Last year, we utilised the results of the Best Companies survey to inform, design and implement our employee engagement strategy, and we saw that reflected in our workplace factors this year: 98% of staff agreed that they felt proud to work for this organisation, 95% agreed that we encourage charitable activities and 89% felt that the experience they gain from their job is valuable for their future. 

It is an honour to have ranked in the UK's Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For, but this is more than just an award to put on a shelf; it is an opportunity for reflection, learning and growth. We are not afraid to acknowledge that we have dropped a couple of spaces in the Best Companies list by comparison to last year. That is because our commitment to workplace engagement is not a tick box exercise; it is an ever-evolving process of self-assessment and improvement. Rest assured, we will do all we can to listen to our employees and learn from this experience. 

It comes as no surprise to us that our staff may be feeling a little weary after such a turbulent year but, as the world slowly recovers from the pandemic, we will continue to do all we can to support our employees. Our focus on wellbeing means that we will be moving to a 4-day week over the summer months. The hope is that the additional day to rest and recharge will nurture and improve the working life and wellbeing of our employees. 

For more information about the work we are doing or to view our internal vacancies, head over to: https://www.workwithglee.com/