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Wellbeing Special Awards

Recognising and showcasing those that have
excelled in the area of Wellbeing

The Best Companies ‘Special Award’ for Wellbeing is given to one organisation in each size category annually to reflect a creative approach – or particularly good application of initiatives – to positively impact all aspects of their employees’ health.

We shortlist for the award using the information you provide us about your people and culture in your cultural insights when you undertake a survey. We ask questions relating to the initiatives or policies in place that relate to ‘Wellbeing’, which allows us to identify those showing a genuine commitment to embedding good practice and policies in this area.

Shortlisted companies’ answers are anonymised and reviewed by an independent judging panel, who select the winning organisation in each category.

Winners are then revealed during an annual ceremony each November, in conjunction with the publication of the final League Table of the Best Companies to Work For each year.

The 2021 Winners

Small Companies
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Mid-Sized Companies
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Large Companies
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Big Companies
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The 2021 winners in focus...

The winners of the Wellbeing Special Award in 2021 demonstrated that honesty, communication, and care were the things that resonated with their employees the most.

In the small category, winners Wilton and Bain put measures in place to alleviate the difficulties facing its working parents during the third Covid-19 lockdown, by giving five hours of free childcare whilst schools were shut. For those without parental responsibilities, the organisation gave an extra day as ‘Covid leave’ each month to use in a way that best suited their wellbeing.

For Access Community Trust, winner in the mid-sized category, a daily broadcast to staff during the early stages of the pandemic invited feedback directly to the CEO detailing how the organisation could help. Thanks to this, PPE was supplied to employees’ families, and a 24/7 healthcare scheme was established and a dedicated day to focus on all aspects of wellbeing, known as #WellbeingWednesday, was introduced.

In the big category, Camelot UK showed its compassion for parents juggling caring responsibilities, by allocating them an additional 15 days’ paid leave. It also ran classes for parents at the end of the working day, with the specific aim of helping them to switch off. The firm allows employees to claim up to £1,000 off gym memberships, including online classes and everyone can access virtual appointments with GPs, counsellors, physiotherapists – and get life, money, and wellbeing support.

For Admiral, winners in the large category, initiatives such as new wellbeing content and online courses geared towards support during the pandemic were launched, including ‘Coronavirus Mental Health Support' and ‘LGBT+ Mental Health in a Time of Lockdown'. All employees were awarded an extra five days' annual leave as a thank you for the work they put in over 2020.

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In good company...

The Wellbeing Special Award has previously been awarded (2019) to insurance provider, Admiral, for initiatives including the creation of a dedicated ‘Ministry of Health’ within the organisation, whose role is to ensure employees are happy and healthy. This in addition to free health checks and gym passes, as well as the chance to join the Admiral Inspire Choir to reap the benefits of regular singing and group activity.

In 2020, Equilibrium Asset Management showed their commitment to four pillars of health – namely physical, mental, financial, and social. They implemented initiatives in each of the four areas to support their employees – with additions to the office including guided meditation, bi-weekly yoga, wealth management training and collaborative events and social spaces for games and competitions in the office.

Benefits of a Special Award...

Being awarded the Special Award for Wellbeing shows that you not only care about your employees, but also the community and environment around them.

How employees feel about stress, pressure at work and life balance is one of the eight key factors of engagement – meaning that going the extra mile in this area can have a positive impact on their overall health and happiness, as well as job satisfaction and retention.

It’s a unique opportunity to gain recognition as a responsible employer, as well as an accolade that can help you stand out against the competition. As a winner in your size category, you’ll receive marketing and publicity from Best Companies, as well as the opportunity to discuss your achievement during one of our live events.

The Importance of Wellbeing

The winners of the 2021 Wellbeing Special Award were invited to discuss the initiatives that earned them the accolade during the first ever edition of Best Companies Live. Click to watch the video of the highlights:

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