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Best Companies begins search for employee engagement excellence for Sunday Times Best lists

Employee engagement specialist Best Companies is once again on the hunt to find the UK businesses that are best engaging their employees. The company measures and recognises engagement levels through four esteemed Sunday Times Lists: the Best 25 Big Companies, the Best 100 Mid Companies, the Best 100 Small Companies, and the Best 100 Not-For-Profit Organisations.

Those that earn a place on a List demonstrate that they truly care about their employees, excelling in the eight factors that Best Companies uses in its methodology - developed alongside researchers at Plymouth University - to determine how engaged a workforce is: my manager, leadership, my company, personal growth, my team, giving something back, fair deal and wellbeing. 

Performance is measured through survey response data, with scores averaged across all 8 factors to produce an overall score. It is this score which is used to compile the Sunday Times lists. The list score is then used to calculate a BCI Score for each organisation, which determines whether they are rated highly enough to receive Best Companies Accreditation – either a Ones to Watch, One Star, Two Star or Three Star status. 

Jonathan Austin, founder and Chief Executive of Best Companies, said: “Competition for talent is more intense than ever right now. Being identified as one of the very best organisations to work for is what will set you apart from the rest. More importantly, it demonstrates that your business is one that cares about and values its employees.”

He added that the true goal for many organisations that take part is to achieve continuous improvement.

“Whilst several organisations do work with us with the ultimate goal of achieving a place on the list, their real motivation behind taking part is to identify how they can make their organisation a better place to work.”

Registration for next year’s list is now open, and is the perfect opportunity for organisations to find out exactly how their employees feel about where they work. They can also see how they compare with other businesses in their sector.

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