BASED IN MANCHESTER, the English Institute of Sport (EIS) has 11 offices across the UK where its people work alongside athletes from 40 Olympic and Paralympic sports, together with Premier League footballers and international rugby and cricket players. “The team behind the team” has 311 staff supplying a range of specialist science and supplementary medical services, including physiotherapy, nutrition and performance psychology. It says that just “an extra 0.01% can secure a place on the podium or be the difference between silver and gold” — and it is this margin the EIS focuses on.
The institute scores top (83% positive) among mid-size organisations for jobs being good for employee development and third place (76%) in the Personal Growth factor. Helping sportspeople gives employees high levels of satisfaction, and people here feel engaged with their work. They’re not bored (80%, a score beaten by just two other mid-size organisations on our list), and many say they’ve never had a bad day at the institute (36%, in fourth place).
EIS spent £180,000 on training last year, and everyone is eligible for financial support for work-related qualifications and time off to study. Internally, employees receive mentoring, coaching and the opportunity to do job-shadowing, and there are currently 36 people on an internal management development scheme. They agree that the training they receive is of great personal benefit to them (74%, ranking fourth).
The majority of the workforce is full-time, with 35% part-time, and a small number of people (5%) on zero-hours contracts. However, staff feel that they are treated fairly (67%, in fifth place). Bonuses, a final-salary pension scheme, holiday entitlement of 29 days a year, and maternity leave that starts with 26 weeks on full pay all keep people happy with their benefits.
This translates to loyalty: 40% of employees have been with EIS for five years or more, and they say that their jobs are an important part of their lives (86%, third). Wellbeing is also high on the agenda. A cycle-to-work scheme encourages staff to be as healthy as their clients, and free sports facilities include a gym and squash courts. Employees agree that their health doesn’t suffer because of the job (74%).
Mission / Vision
Mission:Maximising the success of UK athletes by driving and developing performance solutions to elite sport through partnership, expertise and innovation. Vision:To be the world leading institute of high performance sport.
Best Workplace Factors
The Senior Management Team are located across the country at various sites and also spend at least one days week to visit other locations; a demonstration of collaboration.
Extensive programme of technical CPD events run by both internal and external speakers. Run across all sites at times that suit their practitioners. Provides technical input, opportunity to network and share best practice and ideas.
English Institute Of Sport conduct an annual Staff Survey, Staff Survey Consultation Group. On thier quarterly One EIS, One Vision all staff conference call they have an open Q&A session at the end where staff are encouraged to feedback and question. At their monthly Senior Management Team meetings they ask a representative of the organisation to attend and present their current strategy, any challenges that require support and general ideas/feedback to senior management.