Swale Borough Council

Working together for a better borough
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http://www.swale.gov.uk

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At its annual wellbeing week, staff at Swale Borough Council are treated to free massages and exercise classes, among other nourishing activities. Also on offer are health tests, reflexology, stress-awareness and meditation sessions, free fruit, a healthy breakfast, book club sessions, a bake-off and anything else employees have suggested.

Staff are also supported with their mental and physical wellbeing, through training and development, volunteering opportunities and employee assistance programmes. They are committed to serving and improving the lives of its residents.

The role of the council, which covers the an area of Kent including the towns of Sittingbourne and Faversham and the Isle of Sheppey, is to find ways of promoting the borough’s economic potential, look after its natural environment and help people to improve their life chances. It sums up its overall purpose as “working together for a better borough”.

Its priorities are building the right homes in the right places and supporting quality jobs for all, investing in the environment and responding positively to global challenges. It also places importance of tackling deprivation and creating equal opportunities for everyone, as well as renewing local democracy and making the council fit for the future.

There are about 300 employees, many of whom have served the borough for a long time. What keeps people working there is the family culture in which people care about each other as much as they do about the residents.

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My Company

86% of staff agreed

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

The council operates hybrid working and promotes the benefits of this new style when advertising job vacancies. It hopes the new strategy will aid the retention of staff who have expressed support for a more flexible way of working.
Personal Growth

66% of staff agreed

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

The Developing Everyone Framework, provides a tool for managers and their team to discuss performance and career aspirations, and discover the appropriate training and development for all. It has helped to identify the top talent and rising stars, as well as those who need additional support.
Leadership

53% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Chief executive Larissa Read says: "Our commitment to staff engagement is that every member of Swale Borough Council and our Mid Kent colleagues will be supported to make their voice heard, be it positive or negative."
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86% of staff agreed

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

The council operates hybrid working and promotes the benefits of this new style when advertising job vacancies. It hopes the new strategy will aid the retention of staff who have expressed support for a more flexible way of working.
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66% of staff agreed

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

The Developing Everyone Framework, provides a tool for managers and their team to discuss performance and career aspirations, and discover the appropriate training and development for all. It has helped to identify the top talent and rising stars, as well as those who need additional support.
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53% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Chief executive Larissa Read says: "Our commitment to staff engagement is that every member of Swale Borough Council and our Mid Kent colleagues will be supported to make their voice heard, be it positive or negative."

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1978
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
47
Employee average age
27% : 73%
Male : Female employee ratio
27%
Employees earning £35k+
8%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
Quote from the top...
Our employees are our greatest asset and it is essential to me that every single member of our team has a voice which can be heard, this can be to give new ideas, tell us what is wrong and how we can improve, share successes or ask for help. Our commitment to staff engagement is that every member of Swale Borough Council and our Mid Kent colleagues will be supported to make their voice heard, be it positive or negative. Through strong employee engagement, we can ensure that we capitalise on the significant talent and expertise of our staff to make our council a better place to work.

Larissa Reed, Chief Executive - Swale Borough Council

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