Anglian Water voted UK's best place to work
Anglian Water has triumphed in a review of employers by being named as the UK's best place to work.
Employer review site Glassdoor said the company took top place in its annual league table, a step up from last year when it came second to Google. The website uses online reviews by current and former staff.
Chief executive Peter Simpson welcomed the accolade on behalf of all the company's staff and put it down to a focus on health and wellbeing in the workplace.
He said: "It's fantastic that Anglian Water has been awarded the top spot in this year's Glassdoor awards, after coming second last year – I am extremely proud. It's especially significant because it's based on feedback left by our own employees.
"I would like to thank all our employees who make Anglian Water such a great place to work every single day, it's somewhere I love working too."
The company's staff wellbeing strategy covers all aspects of employee health, safety and workplace happiness. An internal campaign runs throughout the year with regular awareness days, events and workshops on mental health, musculo-skeletal fitness, financial security and diversity.
Staff are encouraged to create wellbeing gardens at their own workplaces, take paid leave to volunteer for charity and get access to free advice and support from personal finance experts.
"We work hard on encouraging employee wellbeing and creating a culture driven by happier, healthier and safer staff," Peter added. "Looking after our employees is at the heart of delivering great customer service, alongside the enthusiasm and dedication our staff have for their jobs.
"Over the last year, we've undertaken even more work to understand and develop the positive culture across the organisation so we can continue to build on our success and support our staff in the best possible way."
Unlike other workplace awards, the Glassdoor Employees' Choice Awards are based on employee feedback which is anonymous. When sharing a company review on Glassdoor, employees are asked to rate their satisfaction with the company overall, and key workplace factors like career opportunities, compensation, benefits, work/life balance, senior management, as well as culture and values.
In addition, employees are asked to describe the best reasons to work at their companies as well as any downsides.
The Best Places to Work are determined using company reviews collected over the past year and the results are compiled based on Glassdoor's calculations which take into account quantity, quality and consistency of reviews.