Swanswell’s one of the 100 best places to work in the public/third sector

13 March 2011

Swanswell’s one of the 100 best places to work in the Public and Charity sectors according to a list published in the Sunday Times today (13 March).

Swanswell - a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use – is one of only a small number of substance misuse services to be included in the list, which recognises organisations that have created a truly outstanding place to work.       

The list’s compiled using feedback from the national Best Companies Accreditation scheme, which involved a staff survey and organisation questionnaire, looking at employee engagement as a key part of a company’s growth.       

This year, 1165 companies and public sector organisations applied for Best Companies Accreditation with only 498 – including Swanswell – making the grade.

Swanswell’s taken part in the Best Companies Accreditation for the last three years and the positive feedback from staff again this year means the charity’s also been named as ‘one to watch’.

The two areas that staff ranked Swanswell highest for were ‘my team’ (including encouraging team spirit and feeling like part of the company) and ‘fair deal’ (including how employees are treated).             

Jonathan Austin, founder and CEO of Best Companies, said: ‘I would like to congratulate Swanswell on their outstanding achievement.

This year it is encouraging to see that more and more organisations are recognising the value of employee engagement and are willing to benchmark themselves against the best to ensure they are offering their employees the best possible experience.

Organisations like Swanswell have continued to focus on their employees and have been rewarded with an engaged workforce who tell us that this is a great place to work.’

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell Chief Executive, said: ‘It’s a fantastic achievement to be named as one of the top 100 best places to work in the public or third sector, and be recognised among other big name charities such as Unicef, British Red Cross and Mencap.

However, we will not stop there. We’re firm believers in helping staff do well and be well, so we’ll work even harder to build on the results of this survey.

‘We’re really proud of the talented team we have working with us and our clients, so it’s humbling to know our staff feel the same about working at Swanswell.’

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