Bible Society

We’re a non-profit organisation encouraging the circulation and understanding of the Bible at home and across the world.
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http://www.biblesociety.org.uk

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When Bible Society staff reported that they were feeling exhausted trying to balance so many demands during the first lockdown last May, the charity decided to close for a week, gifting them a “corporate Sabbath” for rest and reflection.

Founded in 1804, the medium-size organisation based in Swindon is on a mission to encourage the distribution and use of the Bible, driven by the conviction that when people engage with the world's bestselling book their lives can change, for good. Its work in England and Wales includes spreading the word through advocacy, schools' outreach and providing devotional resources, collaborating closely with local churches and bringing the Bible to life in relevant ways across politics, the media and the arts.

Chief executive Paul Williams and the leadership team have provided reassurance and support to staff throughout the pandemic through regular emails, monthly all-staff meetings, and less formal Friday Live broadcasts. They showed their appreciation for employees' efforts with a £250 Christmas bonus for most staff, a half day's holiday at Christmas, and recognition boxes. The letterbox-size packages, three of which have been sent in the last financial year, include a handwritten card thanking each person for their contribution along with small gifts ranging from soap, sweets and books to calendars and tea bags.

In response to staff concerns about their wellbeing the organisation introduced a wellness and wellbeing week with activities including tea tastings, pamper sessions and it also offers bi-weekly online mindfulness sessions run by an external provider.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Manager

96% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

Managers are encouraged to apply for a place on a bespoke development programme run in partnership with training experts KnowledgeBrief to gain a Diploma in Leadership and Management. Bosses help develop each other through manager groups which meet regularly to provide peer support and share good practice.

My Team

85% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Staff put on a virtual panto to bring much needed Christmas cheer to their colleagues and a social channel was created to promote community groups where staff can play board games, do craftwork and just take part in general chitchat.

Giving Something Back

90% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Staff can take three days a year to volunteer at any charity or initiative of their choice. Shortly before the pandemic started employees planted an orchard and trees at the organisation's offices in Swindon where electric car chargers have also been installed.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1804
Total number of employees
3
Number of UK locations
44
Employee average age
44% : 56%
Male : Female employee ratio
37%
Employees earning £35k+
7%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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