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OPERATING AT THE front line of the Syrian conflict is Unicef UK, the international children's charity. For its 298 staff, work is an important part of their lives, an 86% positive score, first among mid-size outfits. Every year Unicef UK takes its entire crew on an away day. Last year's theme was “children on the move”, looking at the impact of current crises around the world and the Unicef programmes trying to help. In 2015, the charity raised a record £100.7m in support of its mission to reach every child in danger. In recognition of that, everyone was given an extra half day of holiday on top of the 25-day allowance. Employees are happy with their pay and benefits (72%, fifth). www.unicef.org.uk

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98% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

At Unicef, different teams adopt different practices according to their needs. These include weekly stand up meetings to share priorities for the week and to ask for assistance if they need it using a red /amber / green status flag, which indicates their workload to colleagues. There is also the use of instant messaging or communication apps such as WhatsApp to share information, updates and to ask questions, plus the use of Skype or FaceTime to dial colleagues into meetings. Each year, Unicef bring all employees together for an all staff away day. This is an engaging event which gives real meaning and purpose to everyone's jobs by connecting people to the impact their efforts and Unicef's work is having for children around the world. 2016's event was themed around Children on the Move. They had informative presentations from colleagues working in their Jordan and Lebanon country offices and heard from inspiring young people about the positive impact one of their UK Programmes 'Rights Respecting Schools' is having on their lives. Staff also had the opportunity to participate in a humanitarian emergency simulation and take a virtual reality tour of a refugee camp.

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95% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

At Unicef, different teams adopt different practices according to their needs. These include weekly stand up meetings to share priorities for the week and to ask for assistance if they need it using a red /amber / green status flag, which indicates their workload to colleagues. There is also the use of instant messaging or communication apps such as WhatsApp to share information, updates and to ask questions, plus the use of Skype or FaceTime to dial colleagues into meetings. Each year, Unicef bring all employees together for an all staff away day. This is an engaging event which gives real meaning and purpose to everyone's jobs by connecting people to the impact their efforts and Unicef's work is having for children around the world. 2016's event was themed around Children on the Move. They had informative presentations from colleagues working in their Jordan and Lebanon country offices and heard from inspiring young people about the positive impact one of their UK Programmes 'Rights Respecting Schools' is having on their lives. Staff also had the opportunity to participate in a humanitarian emergency simulation and take a virtual reality tour of a refugee camp.

Leadership

93% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

During a recent strategy process at Unicef, members of their Executive team ran face to face briefing sessions for employees in which they shared their refreshed primary purpose / mission statement and showed how their strategic plans and ways of working together will help achieve their vision of a world fit for every child. Their Executive Director also presented on this at their all staff away day in September. These are a couple of ways that Unicef help colleagues to see how the work they do contributes to the bigger picture. As part of Unicef UK's induction programme, all new colleagues take part in a half day interactive workshop that is focused on introducing their Common Approach values and explaining how they work together to achieve their ambitious goals for children. Their Common Approach values are first mentioned during the recruitment of new staff. They are an important part of the induction and on-boarding of new colleagues. They also conduct 360 feedback as part of the end of probation review to ensure that new recruits are able to model these values in their work with others.

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

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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