Social landlord named one of the best to work for by Sunday Times

Wellingborough Homes staff
Wellingborough Homes staff

Wellingborough Homes has been named as one of the UK’s leading employers after scooping a place on the prestigious ‘Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies To Work For List’.

The honour, which was revealed at a ceremony in London on Wednesday night, ranks the social landlord alongside some of the country’s biggest named firms including UNICEF UK and One Vision Housing as one of the best places to work.

Wellingborough Homes, which marked its fifth anniversary at the end of last year and manages 4,500 homes, ranked 84th on the list of the nation’s 100 Best Not For Profit Organisations in 2013 – marking it out as providing a fantastic working environment for its 117 employees.

The annual ‘Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies To Work For’ roll of honour is the most comprehensive guide to workplace engagement in Britain, and is derived from the views of employees as well as the policies and process of employers.

All Wellingborough Homes’ employees were asked to complete a survey as part of the process to check how the organisation ranked in key factors affecting the workplace, such as how they felt about company leadership and management as well as issues involving work-life balance, personal growth, pay and benefits.

Nearly 80 per cent of its employees responded to the survey to help their employer receive the accolade.

Wellingborough Homes has also achieved the ‘Ones to Watch’ standard in the Best Companies Index score for 2013, which it entered as part of the same application process for the Sunday Times award. The Best Companies accreditation scheme ranks organisations for workplace excellence by star status from ‘Ones to Watch’ to ‘Three Stars”.

Debbie Reynolds, director of organisational development at Wellingborough Homes, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be on the Sunday Times list, as we thought we were doing the right things as a good employer.

“It was a brave step to enter the scheme, but it’s great to get the feedback from our staff which acknowledges our work in that direction. However, we still know there is room for improvement and we are ambitious to make progress.”

She said staff development and training were a top priority for the organisation, with around 25% of the workforce working towards a Certificate in Housing qualification at present.