UK Power Networks, one of the country’s largest electricity distributors, has been recognised as a well-led and well-managed organisation demonstrating ‘world-class’ levels of employee engagement, despite the current unprecedented circumstances.
The organisation, which invests more than £600 million in its electricity networks every year, has been certified by Best Companies and recognised for their commitment to employees, with a 3-star accreditation rating.
UK Power Networks is dedicated to being an employer of choice for their 6,000 geographically dispersed, predominantly field-based workforce – as well as future recruits – through providing dynamic opportunities.
They are proud of their diverse workforce and invest in career progression, job satisfaction and recognition for delivering high performance 24/7. They have two per cent staff turnover and a third of their directors come directly from their apprenticeship or graduate programmes.
The company’s CEO says the latest Best Companies accolade is of particular importance, as it indicates that employees valued the way the organisation handled the challenges resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic.
Measures put in place to safeguard employees physical and mental wellbeing with the onset of the first lockdown included the production of webinars focusing on engaging and supporting staff. Created by UK Power Networks in conjunction with Olympic athletes, leading nutritionists, and renowned sleep doctors, they were available to access on-demand.
The firm also distributed food packs for employees, introduced a ‘Carers Allowance’ to provide financial support to employees living with a vulnerable relative, and extended their ‘Buy-a-Book’ scheme so that employees had the opportunity to apply for £30 towards books for themselves, their partner, or children.
Basil Scarsella, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to have achieved 3 stars this year. An improving score is important recognition, because it demonstrates that as a company we responded in the right way to the unprecedented events of 2020, with our employees as well as our customers at the heart of all decisions. I see this as a great platform for us to build on in future.”
Best Companies has over 20 years’ experience in helping organisations measure and improve employee engagement using a robust methodology, with their accreditation standard certifying excellence in the workplace since 2006.
Jonathan Austin, Founder and CEO of Best Companies, said: “Being a well-led and well-managed organisation with world-class levels of employee engagement during these unprecedented times is an exceptional achievement. It demonstrates UK Power Network’s commitment to their people at a time when it means more than ever before – congratulations.”