The famous worldwide food chain employs 91,000 people in the UK, including crew members, trainee members etc. The company provides a range of targeted training schemes and apprenticeships for students, graduates and experienced professionals. Among the most prominent rewards and benefits of the company are up to six weeks holiday, flexible working arrangements, employee discounts and many other benefits. Employees at McDonald’s come from diverse backgrounds but all share a positive attitude. Also, external recognition is important to the company to benchmark itself against other industry-leading employers.
Diageo, the alcoholic beverages company headquartered in London, recognises that its success depends on its workforce, and as such it does celebrate success no matter how big or small. The core values of the company involve a commitment in constantly searching for new ideas so that its brands achieve their full potential. The management also seeks to foster mutually fulfilling relationships and benefit from diverse people and opinions. In their effort to improve and be the best, the firm conducts an employee Values Survey which aims to grasp how and to what extent the company values ‘are being demonstrated individually and across the company’.
One of the core aspects of working at Pentland, a global brand management company, is its family-driven workplace. As a family-owned business, it provides people with the freedom to create, innovate and become the best they can be in their field of expertise. Investing in multicultural practices is another key quality that makes the company stand out. In the UK alone, there are employees from 17 different nationalities, speaking 23 languages. In the global employee survey by the Great Place to Work Institute, over 80% of the firm’s employees confirmed that Pentland is a great place to work.
The global hotels chain boasts a culture of inclusion and recognises that achieving true diversity is an ongoing process to ensure employees develop and enjoy plenty of satisfaction as they network their way to the top. According to Hyatt’s Diversity & Inclusion Framework, the corporation aims to constantly “build a high performing organization that is respectful of all team members and customers and leverages each person’s talents, abilities and experiences to meet individual and organizational goals”.
Rackspace Inc. is a managed cloud computing firm based in the US with UK offices, and is committed to “redefining how the world consumes technology”. This award is a phenomenal achievement and a testament to the hard work that Rackers put in each and every day to make Rackspace a great company. According to an employee’s response “Rackers care for each other and have fun while achieving amazing things for customers.”
eBay Inc’s global portfolio of businesses achieved high scores in camaraderie and workplace culture, employee pride in their role and their organization, team spirit and impact on the environment and society. Interestingly, eBay Inc. made it on the Best Multinationals list in Europe, after notching up 6th place in Germany, 8th in the UK and 14th in Ireland in 2013.
Microsoft acknowledges that everyone works differently and is motivated by different things. As a result of this, the company offers a flexible benefits package that enable employees to select the rewards that best suit them. The firm also boasts a comprehensive and well-structured career development programme that offers more than 2,000 training courses online and in classrooms worldwide.
It comes as no surprise that the motor insurance firm ranks third in the list, as it features an honest and open culture as well as one of the most enjoyable workplaces in the UK. Employee satisfaction is in the very core of the company’s philosophy which stipulates that “happy staff will create happy customers, happy customers increase profits, and increased profits will make happy shareholders”. Admiral’s Ministry of Fun is devoted to organising events and each month the running of MOF moves to a different department so that new ideas come up from different people. In addition to this, Admiral’s share scheme is a free share plan through which all employees, regardless of their role, receive up to £3,000 of free shares every year.
The firm takes employees’ happiness seriously and strives to keep the values with which it started in 1993, that is, to maintain its personnel rewarded and motivated. This in turn helps boost customer satisfaction. According to the firm’s recruitment manager “We recruit people with great potential and the right attitude, give them excellent training and do everything we can to ensure everyone feels engaged with the company and fully aligned with the company’s values and goals. We try to ensure that people are recognised for their great achievements and the way we do that ranges from a pat on the back to taking them on some incredible incentive trips across the globe. Softcat also runs a number of programmes to promote a sense of togetherness and responsibility including our very extensive charity and CSR activities”.
The US-owned bank and credit card issuer ranks first in the UK’s Best Workplaces (large category) list for the second consecutive year. Capital One was praised for its excellent facilities – from the fully equipped music room to The Core, a free on-site gym for staff. It also has a number of innovative work spaces including a snow room, complete with an igloo, a lighthouse and beach huts. Key aspects of the company’s success in the awards “are its commitment to its core values of ‘Excellence’ and ‘Do the right thing,’ which drive how the company aims to employ the best people and in turn is open and accountable to staff and customers”.
A great workplace is the one in which employees feel proud of where they work and what they do, and are committed to helping the organisation achieve its business objectives. By the same token, managers ensure employees feel valued and supported and build business based on trust and integrity. According to a survey by Great Place to Work (UK) the top 5 practices for improving engagement are: 1. ensuring fair rewards, recognition and appreciation, 2. providing a fun place to work, 3. promoting work-life balance, 4. building employee pride by contributing to community and 5. promoting fairness so that people feel a sense of unity.
Great Place to Work published a special report this year which outlines the best workplaces in the UK, as part of the Best Workplaces Programme, which has been running for 14 years in the UK. The results of the survey are primarily based on the employees’ responses (two thirds of the final score comes from the employee survey named as Trust Index©) which aim to measure both trust and engagement.
Check out this slideshow to view the Top 10 best workplaces in the UK with regards to the large category of companies (500+ employees)…