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PlaceShapers member The SLH Group has again topped this year’s Sunday Times 100 Best Not For Profit Organisations to Work For. With 19 other members in the list, PlaceShapers housing associations again make up a fifth of the top 100.

Placeshapers member B3Living won the special ‘Best for Wellbeing’ award for its outstanding work during Mental Health Week.

The fifteenth annual Sunday Times list measures and acknowledges excellence in workplace engagement. Responses from hundreds of thousands of employee surveys are collated to produce an overall engagement score for each organisation.

Tony Stacey, chair of PlaceShapers and chief executive at South Yorkshire Housing Association, said: “PlaceShapers is all about local and the positive difference that makes to our communities and the wider economy. Our members, who own 750,000 homes between us, employ over 70% of our staff locally. Those staff manage homes and provide services which make a real and lasting difference. The fact that staff are among the most enthusiastic, proud and engaged in the country is part of the secret of our success.”

The PlaceShapers in the 100 are SLH (1),  Community Gateway Association (4),B3Living (7), Coast & Country Housing (12), Regenda (13)North Star (14), Greenfields CH (19), Peaks and Plains (20), Gentoo Group (31), Cross Keys (36), North Lincolnshire Homes (39), Calico (41), Town and Country (45), Livin (53), Grand Union (60), Trafford Housing Trust (61), Freebridge (62), Two Rivers (65), Axiom HA (66) and Yorkshire Coast Homes (82).

SLH Group’s win replicates the success last year for the 3,700-home association, which employs 90 people.

SLH chief executive Julie Fadden said: “Employee engagement is the backbone of our business. It’s not a revelation that happy and engaged employees result in a more productive workforce, however so many organisations overlook this and don’t spend enough time investing in their employees. We have fantastic people at SLH who are loyal and passionate about the work we do and this is reflected in their feedback to the survey. This has had a positive impact on the communities we serve too, tenant satisfaction is at its highest and financial business performance is really strong.”

B3Living chief executive John Gieson said: We’re proud to have retained out Top 10 position for the fourth year in a row. Engaged staff provide better services for our customers and this recognition is therefore important. The icing on the cake was to get the special “Wellbeing” award for our work on Mental Health Awareness. This is something that affects a large part of the community and is something often unspoken about; so our “talk about it” work was really important.”

The Best Companies research is the largest of its kind. The surveys ask staff to rate their organisations across eight engagement factors, from leadership to pay and rewards.

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