Communications and IT solutions provider Excalibur has been named as a Top 100 UK Best Small Company to Work For – the fourth time in five years it has scooped the accolade.
The accreditation scheme, formerly known as the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, recognises organisations that prioritise employee engagement and work hard to make their business a great place to work and develop.
Best Companies accreditation is recognised as a benchmark of employee engagement within British business and reflects what employees are saying about their employers, workplace and environments.
It looks at detailed data on company benefits policies, processes and facilities, and asks for the views of employees via a confidential survey covering; team leadership, management, personal growth, wellbeing, benefits and giving back.
Swindon-based Excalibur ranked as the UK’s 75th Best Small Company to Work For 2021.
When asked, 84 percent of staff agreed with the statement 'I love working for this organisation', 82 percent agreed 'I am happy with the balance between my work and home life', and 96 percent agreed 'This organisation has a strong social conscience'.
CEO Peter Boucher said: "2020 to 2021 has been a particularly tough year to measure and manage staff engagement. The Coronavirus lockdowns have of course affected the business but, more importantly, impacted the wider Excalibur team across their professional and personal lives.
“We looked at ways of doing business differently while working remotely to minimise isolation and encourage teamwork, all be it on Teams. We also introduced more regular one-to-ones between employees and line managers.
"There was remote fun to be had too, via a number of online all company events including quizzes, a virtual wedding celebration and the distribution of a family half-term hamper for Halloween.”
He said Excalibur’s vision is to be famous for Staff and Customer engagement and drives a number of key initiatives that support its vision:
- A Health and Well-being Programme with a focus on physical, financial and mental health.
- Recently introduced a monthly Excellence Award that recognises employees who demonstrate the company values and go above and beyond. The winner receives a personalised award.
- Investment in regular leadership training to support open communication across the business and employee development. This year Excalibur placed 10 line managers through the Living Leader programme.
- Charity support for employee nominated charities. Initiatives include a voluntary salary sacrifice scheme, charity challenges (cycling, climbing, bake sales) and volunteering.