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This years’ UK Best Workplaces™ accreditation see’s REL place 15th of all Large Workplaces (251 – 1000 employees.  The 2021 results were announced via a live stream and saw REL recognised alongside 50 other Large Organisations.

The methodology that creates Best Workplaces™ rankings is one of the most rigorous and highly sought after – and regarded as the ‘gold standard’ of employer awards. The methodology is also unique: no other survey assesses both the employee experience and the HR and leadership practices that create the organisation’s workplace culture.

Great Place to Work research shows that employees are motivated by trust, pride, and camaraderie – especially during times of crisis.  At REL trust is something we value, and we know that when our people trust in us, and we trust in them, a foundation is laid for achieving great things together.

Our approach to fostering trust is simple; we keep our promises to each other and our People Promise guides us in this.  It outlines our cultural commitments and the way we all work together.  It defies hierarchy and the People Promise is something which everyone at REL is held accountable to.  It acts as our moral compass and has enabled us to create an enduring culture of trust, pride and engagement at REL.

Stephen Gordon, REL Managing Director, said:

I am particularly proud, and more than a little humbled, that we have been able to retain our Best Workplaces™ accreditation in the midst of what has been the most challenging year that any of our colleagues are likely to have experienced and, what certainly has been the most challenging year for our business.

Whilst everything must be taken in context of the awful impact of Coronavirus, like many others, our business was severely affected by the pandemic.  Without the trust, support and flexibility of our colleagues, in addition to their commitment to keep delivering for our partners, there could have been significant and longer-term systemic damage to our business which, I believe, as a result of the contribution of our people, has been avoided.

I am conscious that in the midst of navigating the last year some of our people processes and touchpoints have been affected by the need to deliver on the front line, in an environment where both time and resource was challenged.  However, as we begin the transition back to something more like normal, we will redouble our efforts to further build trust and engagement across all our teams.

We will continue to do all in our power to keep our People Promise and to make REL a place where our people come to work because they want to not because they have to.

I would like to say a simple but heartfelt thank you to all those colleagues over the past year who have given so much to ensure that our business remains healthy and sustainable and to our partners who supported REL and our people through a very challenging 2020.