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Places for People named one of UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women

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We have been named one of the 2022 UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women by Great Place to Work®. This recognition is a direct result of the feedback from thousands of our colleagues through a confidential survey. 

This is just the beginning 

Karen Halford, our Chief People Officer, commented: “This recognition is a great reminder of what we are trying to be as an organisation – a great workplace for all. But even more, it’s a challenge to us to keep going because we’re not there yet.  

“We’ve taken steps to better support women throughout our organisation. This includes supporting women into trades roles, improving equality in our recruitment process by no longer asking for salary history, and encouraging open discussions in the workplace on topics like menopause and infertility.  

“But we know we need to do more to break down barriers for women in the workplace, to support our colleagues – in their jobs and in their lives, and to make sure everyone has a positive experience.  

“We are committed to continuing this work, just as we’ll continue listening to our colleagues to understand what they need to thrive.” 

Greg Reed, our Group Chief Executive Officer, added: “We want everyone in our organisation to feel equally valued, have the opportunity to reach their full potential, and know they’ve found the place they belong. It’s great to know that we’re headed in the right direction, but our work in this area never stops.  

“I’d also like to thank our colleagues who shared their views about their work experience. It’s because of your feedback that we’ve made this list, and it’s only by continuing to listen that we can truly make this the best workplace we can be.” 

Workplace experience and representation analysed 

Places for People ranked 37 in the Super Large workplace category (1,000+ UK colleagues) alongside only 39 other organisations, including Salesforce, Hilton and DHL Express UK.    

To make the list, organisations are evaluated on two main areas:  

  • 85% of the ranking is based on what women report anonymously about their workplace experience and how fairly those experiences compare to men’s reports of the same workplace. 
  • 15% of the rank is based on how well represented women are in the workforce and throughout management. 

When reviewing what women have said about their experiences, Great Place to Work® specifically looks for patterns relative to the organisation’s size and workforce make up. This includes whether people trust each other, that employees able to reach their full human potential, no matter who they are or what they do, and if different identities women hold change their experience of the workplace. 

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