Working Links (Employment) Ltd

http://www.workinglinks.co.uk

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Working Links has helped more than 76,000 unemployed people find the right job. It was set up in 2000 to deliver a government employment project for disadvantaged communities. Those helped by this initiative include lone parents, disabled people, former offenders and the long-term unemployed. Its own employees know their work helps others. They say the organisation makes a positive difference to the world and understand that their contribution counts towards its success, rating both these points 77% positive, the former securing the firm a top 20 ranking. The London-based company also undertakes charity work. Last year it sponsored the British teams taking part in the annual street soccer tournament, the Homeless World Cup, in South Africa. In 2004, the firm set up the Links Foundation — with any employee able to apply to become a director of the trust — to manage charitable work. Last year, it invested £500,000 in community projects. One involved launching a national campaign to educate parents on feeding children healthily on a budget, and there is even cost-conscious advice on the company website: for last Valentine's day it suggested economical spaghetti with meatballs. With such a raft of initiatives, scores for questions relating to giving something back rank Working Links well above its overall placing in our table. The giving something back factor as a whole scored 61%, placing the firm 51st on this measure. Staff feel fully involved in their work (72%) and think the company makes a positive difference to the world we live in (76%), the latter another top 20 score. They also feel that they can really make a difference (77%). Working Links is good to them, too, with holiday rising from 23 days to 30, boosted maternity benefits, paternity leave paid for two weeks, private healthcare for all and an employee assistance plan. People can work from other locations using laptops, mobile phones and e-mail but, wherever they are, their teams go out of the way to help (77%) and have a strong sense of family (73%).

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My Company

75% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

They support a charitable organisation which was founded by Working LInks - this is the Links Foundation. Each year they give a percentage of our profit (over £5m in 10 years). Local organisations within the communities where they work can submit bids to use this fund for local budgets. During this, their 10th anniversary year, every person in Working Links will be given a day to support a charity or local community project of their choice.

My Team

81% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

They support a charitable organisation which was founded by Working LInks - this is the Links Foundation. Each year they give a percentage of our profit (over £5m in 10 years). Local organisations within the communities where they work can submit bids to use this fund for local budgets. During this, their 10th anniversary year, every person in Working Links will be given a day to support a charity or local community project of their choice.

Personal Growth

88% of staff agreed

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

Although Working Links doesn't have a set budget for social events, they do support local managers to make their own decisions on funding events for their teams. These range from team lunches through to full days out. During their 10th bithday year as an example each team across the business was able to choose a day out for everyone to attend. Teams decisions ranged from days at theme parks or horse racing through to a 'car park carnival', where a team organised a fair in the office car park. As 2010 is Working Links' tenth anniversary as a business they also organised a huge event in London to celebrate. For this everybody in the business was given free transport and accommodation to London, where they had a huge black tie event. This brought together the whole business, with special prizes, fun activities and entertainment.

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

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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