Stewarts’ two offices have both scored well in the regional rankings of the Best Companies to Work for lists.
In our fourth consecutive appearance, we were ranked 48th (our highest ever position) in the national rankings on the Best Companies to Work For list 2020.
The regional lists take highlights from different areas around the country. The rankings are based on Best Companies Index (BCI) scores. The scores are given based on analysing responses from a staff survey, asking for feedback on eight factors of workplace engagement. More than 238 employees across both offices gave feedback on the firm.
In Yorkshire, our Leeds office came fifth out of 75 companies ranked in 2020. They received a BCI score of 801. This is an improvement on previous scores and rankings, the previous highest score obtained by the firm being 783 in 2018.
In London, we came 24th out of 50 companies listed and obtained a BCI score of 713. Again, this is the highest the firm has ever scored on the regional lists.
The Best Companies to Work for staff survey follows a methodology developed alongside academics at the University of Plymouth. The eight factors of workplace engagement that it asks questions about are:
- My manager
- My company
- Personal growth
- My team
- Fair deal
- Giving something back
In the most recent rankings, we scored particularly well in the areas of personal growth, my company and fair deal.
Ninety-two per cent of staff agreed that they made a valuable contribution to the organisation’s success in the ‘my company’ section. The list mentions the firm as engaging staff in the strategic blueprint of the firm.
In the personal growth category, 88% of staff agreed that the experience they gained from working at Stewarts was valuable for their futures. The newly created central Learning and Development department was praised in the list.
Seventy-four per cent of staff agreed that they were happy with the pay and benefits they received at the firm, and the firm’s bonus system was recognised.
Alongside that, the firm was given recognition for its maternity package and being family-friendly as well as offering access to healthcare insurance and subsidised gym facilities.
Our full profile on the Best Companies to Work For list can be found here.
You can find further information regarding our expertise, experience and teams on our Expertise pages.
Diversity and inclusion at Stewarts
The principles of inclusion, equal opportunity and diversity are important to us. We aim to create an inclusive culture that respects people’s differences and gives everyone a chance to excel at what they do. We believe that this is enhanced by embracing our staff’s different backgrounds and personalities, and creating a positive working environment. You can find further information regarding diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities at Stewarts here.
Mental health first aiders at Stewarts
In October 2018, the firm appointed and trained several staff to become mental health first aiders. Our mental health first aiders act as a point of contact for anyone in the firm who feels they need support. They are also on hand to spot the signs and symptoms in employees who may be struggling with mental health issues. It means we are not just relying on individuals to come forward to state they feel stressed, but colleagues are looking out for each other, talking to one another and encouraging more effective ways to deal with stress and other mental health issues.
The Stewarts Foundation
Since our inception in 1990, Stewarts have been actively involved in supporting a variety of charities. The Stewarts Foundation was set up in 2010 to formalise and manage the firm’s charitable giving. To date, the Foundation has donated over £5.3m to over 180 charities. You can find out more about The Stewarts Foundation here.
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