Nearly 900 companies were scrutinised to compile the league tables and the rankings were based on the views of staff – nearly 250,000 people were asked for their views on their employers in a survey containing 70 detailed questions.
The factors assessed in the survey included leadership (how employees feel about the head of the company and senior managers) and wellbeing (how staff feel about pressure levels and the balance between work and home life) as well as workers’ views on their immediate boss, their colleagues, scope for advancement and their pay and conditions.
Staff were also asked how much they believe their firm puts back into society in general and the local community in particular. The judges reported that staff at Coloplast get a great deal of job satisfaction just knowing that their products make life easier for people. When asked if their firm makes a real difference to the world 87 per cent of Coloplast staff said that it does – the second highest score in The Sunday Times survey.
Coloplast manufactures medical products ranging from dressings and gels to catheters and colostomy bags. Its ‘mission’ is to make life easier for people with very personal and private medical conditions. The Sunday Times found that the recent launch of new products, which will help the company to do just that, helps make workers proud (83 per cent) and excited about where the organisation is going (77 per cent).
Coloplast general manager, Sue Kernahan, says that the results reflect the ethos of the company.
She said: “We try to reflect our mission in the values and behaviour we have not just towards our customers but towards our colleagues. We pride ourselves on listening and responding.”
HR director Sam Sedwill added: “We value the opinions of every member of Coloplast staff and are determined to make Coloplast a great place to work. It is wonderful to see that determination reflected in the results.
“What makes this Sunday Times recognition even more satisfying is that it is the result of an external organisation talking to our staff, then naming us once again as one of the UK’s top 100 companies to work for. To rise from number 99 to number 68 in the table is an amazing achievement and a recognition of all that we have done in the past year.”
Coloplast was presented with the prestigious Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2013 award at a glittering ceremony in London where company representatives celebrated alongside other winners including multi-national companies and public sector organisations. Ten staff from various areas of the business attended the event, staying overnight in a London hotel after the Oscar-style awards presentation dinner.
Dominic O'Connell, business editor of The Sunday Times, told the winners: “You have set the benchmark for workplace excellence.”
If you are interested in joining a company that is recognised in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, has won awards for people development, cares for its customers and genuinely recognises and rewards success, visit www.jobsatcoloplast.com.