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Wyboston Lakes 35th in The Sunday Times 'Best Companies' Awards 2015

Written by Paula Devine | 16 Mar 2015

Wyboston Lakes has achieved 35th position in this year’s The Sunday Times ‘Best Companies to work for’ List. This is the second year that Wyboston Lakes has ranked in the top 100, this year moving from 69th to 35th place.Conference, training and leisure venu“Engagement is fundamentally about creating energy and building relationships.  If we build positive relationships with our employees that are full of energy, they in turn will do the same with our customers - be they with us for training, a conference, a hotel stay, golf or to use our fabulous Y Spa. We are truly delighted not just to be recognised for the second year running, but to have made such a quantum leap in our position within the top 100” said Mark Jones, managing director of Wyboston Lakes: “To achieve such a high rating is a source of enormous pride throughout the organisation.”

Wyboston Lakes ranked 10th on the list for interesting places to work with staff saying they did not feel put upon reporting one of the highest scores for wellbeing and ranking at 15th overall.  Staff were also positive about the consistent pay increases year on year, despite the recession, with a fair deal ranking of 27th.

On the basis of this employee feedback Wyboston Lakes were also awarded the two-star accreditation status, this means that the venue is considered an ‘Outstanding’ employer in terms of the way it engages with its staff.   Chelsey Hutchinson, People and Culture Director said, “We are particularly excited about the score this year, we scored just 2.2 points away from being in the top category of ‘Extraordinary’, which is incredibly encouraging for a small privately owned business.  I truly believe that our number one customers are our employees!”

This year marks the 15th year for the Best Companies ranking.  Best Companies have been producing the Accreditation standard since 2006 to acknowledge excellence in the workplace. Accreditation is a focus on Workplace Engagement as an integral component of an organisation's success and growth. Every organisation that goes for Best Companies Accreditation is given a Best Companies Index score (BCI). This score (on a scale of 1 to 1000) is defined from employee’s responses to questions within the Best Companies survey. Michelin-style star ratings are then determined from that score, with one star acknowledged as ‘very good’, two stars as ‘outstanding’ and three stars as ‘extraordinary’.

This accreditation is regarded as among the UK’s most reliable and thorough processes for assessing the merits of organisations from all sectors in terms of the way they encourage, motivate and generally engage with their employees.

Wyboston Lakes are looking for continual improvement and they will continue to offer a fantastic place to work for all of their employees.

Topics: Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, training, Wyboston Lakes

Paula Devine

Written by Paula Devine

Paula is Head of Membership and Global Services at Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce.

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