Leeds University Union

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MAKING SURE ALL 33,000 students love their time at Leeds University is the reason its union's employees come to work every day. The team of 435 staff are in charge of fun and a range of services on campus — and offer support when things go wrong for students. The majority of Leeds University Union's workforce operate in its main venue, bars or shops and say they get a buzz out of doing so (76% positive, in fourth place among mid-sized organisations in the not-for-profit sector). Staff have fun together (88%, the third best score) and feel like a family (78%, ranking fifth). Inspired by the popularity of The Great British Bake Off on television, the union devised a monthly themed baking competition culminating in a Grand Afternoon Tea for everyone produced by the two winners. Employees find their managers open and honest and say they care about team members as individuals (both 83%, in third place). Managers motivate staff to give their best every day (72%, fourth). Feedback sessions are often held in the style of a cafe, offering workers a deal they can't refuse: we give you biscuits, you give us ideas. The union is committed to fundraising activities through Leeds Raise and Give (RAG), which began by handing out old clothes and last year donated £250,000 to good causes. It also offers students the chance to spend a summer volunteering on projects such as working with children in Thailand or building a school in Uganda. The workforce is made up mostly of students, who pay their way through college with the help of £2m paid out by the union in wages. Flexibility is essential at times when students have to concentrate on lectures and exams. The union encourages its staff to take control of their work patterns and one department has set up its own Facebook page to allow staff to change their rotas more easily to suit their studies. Some staff can work from home when necessary. Their mission may be to make students love Leeds, but staff love working for the university union, too (79%, a top 10 score). www.leedsuniversityunion.org.uk

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My Team

96% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Due to the recent surge in interest in baking brought on by television programmes such as the Great British Bake Off, LUU decided to hold its own baking competition and ran a baking league throughout 2010-11. Each month staff were invited to submit entries under a theme and they were judged and scores awarded. The baking league was successful in engaging a whole range of budding bakers from across the organisation and had the added benefit that those who did not wish to bake could be involved as judges or just chief tasters after the formal judging had taken place. The league culminated in a Grand Afternoon Tea provided by the two winners of the league which was held at lunchtime. This excellent event was attended by a good cross section of LUU and was very enjoyable.

My Manager

92% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of my manager

In summer 2011 the company held an all staff event at the University's sport facilities to promote the facilities to encourage employees to sign up for membership. The event included dodgeball, swimming, 5 a side football, climbing wall, spinning, image consultancy, and walking tours amongst other things. For the last two years the company have also run an employee baking league. This has been particularly effective for engaging their staff in something fun at work , mixing with other people and encouraging them to take a break! In previous years they have offered an employee Wellbeing Week every January. Employees can participate in a number of healthy activities during their working time to improve their health, safety and wellbeing. Free fruit is also provided during the week. The idea for the week is that they provide free of charge taster sessions that employees can then choose to continue in their own time to improve their lifestyles.

Leadership

91% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

In summer 2011 the company held an all staff event at the University's sport facilities to promote the facilities to encourage employees to sign up for membership. The event included dodgeball, swimming, 5 a side football, climbing wall, spinning, image consultancy, and walking tours amongst other things. For the last two years the company have also run an employee baking league. This has been particularly effective for engaging their staff in something fun at work , mixing with other people and encouraging them to take a break! In previous years they have offered an employee Wellbeing Week every January. Employees can participate in a number of healthy activities during their working time to improve their health, safety and wellbeing. Free fruit is also provided during the week. The idea for the week is that they provide free of charge taster sessions that employees can then choose to continue in their own time to improve their lifestyles.

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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