Words: Max Freeman-Mills
Images: Offside Sports Photography
For the second year running Everton have been named as one of the Sunday Times’ 100 Best Companies to Work For in the UK, a genuinely worthy accolade that no other club has ever been garnished with. Mind you, you have to wonder if Marco Silva would agree sometimes.
The club have improved on last year’s placement by 25 places, going from 96th to 71st, the sort of table-climbing that any fan should be pleased to see. In fairness, the changes that Everton have made in recent months make it obvious why they’re succeeding so consistently.
The old offices in Goodison Park have been left behind, with new digs in the Royal Liver Bird building offering a workplace to take pride in, with modern facilities and themed meeting rooms to make the most ambitious presenter blush with pride.
Jonathan Austin, CEO and Founder of Best Companies, said: “I would like to congratulate Everton on their achievement.” He added: “Organisations like Everton have continued to focus on their employees and have been rewarded with an engaged workforce who tell us that this is a best company to work for.”
This was echoed by Kim Healey, the People Director (a title that shows modernisation all on its own) at Everton, said: “We take immense pride in being ‘The People’s Club’ and not only do we put our loyal supporters first, we also place huge importance on staff welfare.
“Over the last 12 months we’ve introduced a range of employee benefits and our move to the iconic Royal Liver Building has also helped to improve the working environment and enhance internal communications.”
Everton are a living wage employer, still not a given in the Premier League, and have in the last year brought in improvements to internal development, as well as increased paternity and maternity pay, again demonstrating their successes as an employer. These sorts of additions have also led Best Companies to raise the club’s accreditation rating from 1 Star to 2 Star in just a year.
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