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FROM GRASSROOTS SPORT to the Millennium stadium, Sport Wales wants to develop a nation of champions and its 196 employees are already winners. The staff, based in Cardiff and three other sites, have an amazing array of sporting facilities at their fingertips, either free or at drastically reduced rates. People at head office can take a quick squash break, play football, or even take up boxing if they are feeling stressed. For those who want to stretch themselves, there's a gymnastics facility too. The site, in North Wales, offers rowing, sailing and cycling, while one-third of employees have taken up the tax efficient bike-to-work scheme. People's health doesn't suffer due to work — quite the opposite (78% positive, a top 20 score among small bodies) and they haven't had stress-related symptoms in the past year either (77%, in 10th place). Development officers typically earn almost £40,000 a year, which is fair for the industry (61%) and for their roles (62%). New initiatives include breakfasts in which staff are able to quiz senior executives in an informal setting and a recent staff day bought everyone together from across Wales to discuss work. It's not all hard graft, however. Annual holiday ranges from 28 to 33 days and there are sabbaticals, in case people want to follow a sporting tour far away. Employees have a final-salary pension, new fathers get three weeks off at full salary and new mothers have 26 weeks off, fully paid. People are happy with these benefits (72%) and find the whole business of sporting life stimulating (76%). sportwales.org.uk

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91% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

Sport Wales takes staff's health and wellbeing extremely seriously. They provide further information on a dedicated Health and Wellbeing page on their Intranet as well as providing links to other organisations. The HR department make raise staff awareness via posts on the intranet and posters of annual events such as No Smoking Day, and provide literature about the event as well as signposting staff in the right direction for some more help and information. Sport Wales was recognised for its good work in staff well-being by being accredited with the Welsh Government's Corporate Health Standard at Bronze level.

My Team

77% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Sport Wales uses two ‘unique' ways to engage with employees, listen to their ideas and seek their feedback: Yammer and Champions. Yammer was introduced to the organisation to encourage staff to share what they are working on in an effort to encourage collaboration, and to also bring staff together across the various regions in Wales. All staff (including Senior Managers) post updates and documents actively seeking feedback from colleagues and ideas to help produce a finished document, and to ensure it is the best it can possibly be. Staff are given the opportunity to read and respond to the update, and there is also the opportunity for staff to edit other people's documents in ‘real time' on Yammer to further collaboration. Sport Wales staff are all offered the opportunity to be part of a Champions network. The network have a work programme aligned to the Senior Management Team's priorities, and one on the areas that the group work very hard on is to seek two-way feedback/communication with the Senior Management Team regarding new ideas and giving feedback. The Champions are very effective in providing responses to new initiatives and providing further ideas that will help programmes. They also seek ideas and feedback from outside the network, regularly providing temperature checks from the rest of the organisation.

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73% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Sport Wales produces a staff magazine, Clubhouse, and in each edition staff have the opportunity to nominate a colleague who they feel has ‘gone the extra mile' within their work. As part of the nomination process staff have to detail what their colleague has done to warrant going the extra mile and what the outcome was. Comments are included from the nominee's line manager about their performance as well as a member from the Senior Management Team. A Staff Awards ceremony has been introduced, where people can nominate their colleagues for outstanding work towards the Vision.

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