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ANGUS COLLEGE HAS done its homework and figured out the formula for a great working environment: strong leadership, generous benefits and low stress levels. Lecturers at this medium-sized Arbroath-based further education college on the east coast of Scotland teach vocational and leisure courses to full and part-time students, and they have working conditions that peers from larger institutions would be green with envy at. Headed by principal John Burt for the past 14 years, college staff tend to stick around. The average length of service is five years and 61 of the 340-strong workforce have 15 years' service or more under their belts. Holiday allowance, which starts at 34 days per year, goes up by seven days at an employee's five-year anniversary and reaches a maximum of 60 with extra tenure. There is a final-salary pension scheme open to everyone, with a contribution of 14.9% from the college and 6.4% from the employee. Maternity and paternity leave is enhanced and there is the holy grail for working parents — an on-site crèche, as well as childcare vouchers to help pay for it. Flexible working options are extended to the whole staff and, adding to the family-friendly atmosphere, there is a children's Christmas party and an annual family fair. At 68% positive Angus College has the 10th best score of any mid-size organisation for its employees' contentment with their pay and benefits. Staff feel fairly paid compared to others at the college and compared with others in the sector (both 64%). Burt, whose leadership inspires a great deal of faith (73%) is often seen chatting to lecturers and students and even served chips in the canteen on one occasion. People say senior managers are good at listening rather than just telling, the 59% positive score for this question bettered by just 17 other mid-size organisations. angus.ac.uk

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85% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

The College annually supports a range of staff social events and activities as recognition of the input staff have to the College and its successes. The College supports the annual Christmas lunch and summer BBQ which are attended by a large proportion of the College staff. Employees also benefit from access to Total Reward Statements which gives each employee a clear and defined picture of the benefits they receive. The statement also highlights the College's pension contribution.

My Team

84% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

Employees benefit from an annual event called "Healthy Living Day" which incorporates information and advice on all the areas listed above as well as financial health. They have exhibitors, stalls, demonstrations and sessions providing information on various aspects of health, wellbeing and financial matters and the College recently offered staff the opportunity to take part in a healthy heart study programme in conjunction with the local health authority. The College also encourage employees to exercise. Staff are able to access free gym facilities at the sports campus, free lunchtime exercise classes, such as Zumba are also available.

Personal Growth

81% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

The College operates an open door policy and all staff have the right to request an individual meeting with the Principal, any member of the Executive Team, own Curriculum Manager, any cross-College Support Manager or other senior members of staff. This policy gives individual staff members the opportunity to raise and discuss any issues of concern relating to his/her post or the College in general. The Principal has a very down to earth personality and always has a very visual presence around the College. He is often seen around the College chatting to staff and students and has also on one occasion been seen serving up chips in the canteen!

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