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94% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

They provide an on-site subsidised gym, pamper room, subsidised Starbucks, subsidised canteen, with healthy food options, a prayer room and a facilities helpdesk, which arranges services with external parties, such as dry cleaning and shoe repairs. Employees also benefit from an on-site M&S shop which sells a wide variety of food items, wine, cards and gifts. They have a Sports and Social Committee, who coordinate sports clubs, trips, employee discounts and guest vendors, who are invited to sell their products on site. As well as securing priority tickets for local music arenas, they negotiate discounts and this year employees have benefited from over 1500 discounted Chester Zoo tickets, over 6000 discounted cinema tickets and will have access to 350 discounted pantomime tickets. M&S Bank is committed to ensuring their employees feel valued and respected. They have two employee- led networks (Outstanding and RESPECT) which aim to promote an inclusive, open and supportive working environment for all. Employees also have the option to tailor a range of benefits to complement their lifestyle and enhance their wellbeing. For example, employees can opt to buy or sell holidays, as well as opt for an enhanced healthcare package. The majority of benefits are tax efficient. As part of their engagement strategy, they also offer employees the opportunity to attend local events with their friends and families at a subsidised cost for example, race days at Chester Racecourse, local firework displays and polo matches. In 2015 1,220 employees, friends and family have attended these events.

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87% of staff agreed

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

They provide an on-site subsidised gym, pamper room, subsidised Starbucks, subsidised canteen, with healthy food options, a prayer room and a facilities helpdesk, which arranges services with external parties, such as dry cleaning and shoe repairs. Employees also benefit from an on-site M&S shop which sells a wide variety of food items, wine, cards and gifts. They have a Sports and Social Committee, who coordinate sports clubs, trips, employee discounts and guest vendors, who are invited to sell their products on site. As well as securing priority tickets for local music arenas, they negotiate discounts and this year employees have benefited from over 1500 discounted Chester Zoo tickets, over 6000 discounted cinema tickets and will have access to 350 discounted pantomime tickets. M&S Bank is committed to ensuring their employees feel valued and respected. They have two employee- led networks (Outstanding and RESPECT) which aim to promote an inclusive, open and supportive working environment for all. Employees also have the option to tailor a range of benefits to complement their lifestyle and enhance their wellbeing. For example, employees can opt to buy or sell holidays, as well as opt for an enhanced healthcare package. The majority of benefits are tax efficient. As part of their engagement strategy, they also offer employees the opportunity to attend local events with their friends and families at a subsidised cost for example, race days at Chester Racecourse, local firework displays and polo matches. In 2015 1,220 employees, friends and family have attended these events.

My Team

85% of staff agreed

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

All managers will have attended a ‘Managing At Our Best' two day course by the end of the year. This course focuses on strengthening their culture through everyday actions and decisions. Employees are presented with difficult situations which test decision-making skills and thought processes. Managers learn how to deal with these challenges and how to apply that knowledge every day and how to use these approaches to bring out the best in their teams. They have a talent programme which supports and develops a population of talented managers. It gives them opportunity to network with and have a mentoring relationship with the leadership team and access to more advanced learning courses, for example, Professional Presentation skills and Business Writing courses. For their future managers they have Star. This has a professional qualification element with RBCB (Retail Banking Conduct of Business). Delegates complete a supported business project and Insights Discovery; a personal profiling tool that can be used to support coaching and personal development. New managers receive a tailored training package specific to their role including Coaching for Success (two-days) Authorised Signatory and advanced complaints handling for Team Managers and Bank Managers. Mentoring is widely used as a development tool to support managers, and they are just about to trial several reverse mentoring relationships. Managers also have the opportunity to attend a Monthly Managers Brief (MMB) where they have the opportunity to connect with each other and hear an update on customer experience, strategic projects and people issues.

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Holidays

Companies offering a minimum of 26 days annual leave to all employees.

Long Service

Companies where at least 40% of the staff have worked there for more than five years.

Maternity

Companies offering at least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative.

Pensions

Companies offering a final salary scheme to all employees, or one in which the employer's contribution is at least 5%.

Private Healthcare

Companies offering private health insurance to all employees.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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