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ST HELENS COUNCIL offers the complete package when it comes to caring for its 4,531 staff, earning the borough its highest relative scores in the Wellbeing and Personal Growth factors of our survey.
Nearly a third of staff have been on the council's payroll for more than 15 years, and it is easy to see the attraction. Almost half of them work part-time, with non-management team members putting in an average week of 27 hours, and their holiday entitlement can reach a maximum of 27 days a year (32 for senior management). A 63% positive score, ranking the council 25th among the 50 mid-sized organisations, shows working here doesn't interfere with responsibilities at home. People also report that deadlines are realistic (60%). Free childcare vouchers and a working options including flexitime add to this family-friendly ethos.
Wellbeing is a priority, and there is a dedicated health promotion officer. Health checks are available, as well as sessions discussing how to stop smoking, the effects of alcohol, weight management, exercise and mental health. The council subsidises gym membership and those aged between 40 and 60 who fall into a "low income" bracket are invited to take part in a mid-life health project. Workers haven't had stress related symptoms recently because of their job (67%), and they say that pressure doesn't affect their performance (63%, a top 20 score).
Every employee receives about 25 hours of training a year, with the organisation spending an average of £739 each. The range of courses on offer includes leadership and management, health and safety, and equality and diversity. Study towards external qualifications is also encouraged, with NVQs available, fees paid, and time off for study. Various forums have been created for colleagues to share knowledge. They feel the council makes good use of their skills (the 48% positive score, ranking the organisation 20th). www.sthelens.gov.uk
Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here
At least 33% of senior managers are women
On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships
On-site nursery or vouchers
40% of employees with more than 5 years' service
At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay
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