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We are extremely proud to announce that REL ranked 18th on this year’s Best Workplaces in Europe list for a fifth consecutive year up 12 places from 30th in 2018. The 2019 awards ceremony took place in Stockholm, Sweden. More than 1.3 million employees participated in the survey studies in the European region.

Great Place to Work® identifies the top organisations that create great workplaces in the Europe region through publishing the annual Best Workplaces in Europe list. The list recognises companies in four size categories: Small (Under 50 employees); Medium (between 50 and 500 employees); Large (more than 500 employees); and Multinational.

To be considered for inclusion, companies must appear on one or more of our national lists in the 19 countries represented on the list (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, The Netherlands, United Kingdom). REL were considered for European accreditation after placing 7th of all Large Workplaces (251-1000 employees) in the UK Great Place to Work® awards in May 2019.

Stephen Gordon, REL MD said:

Colleague engagement is at the heart and soul of REL’s strategy and the primary pillar of our vision to be loved by our people and first choice for customers. In simple terms we believe that we can’t achieve the latter unless we create the culture to deliver the former!

It’s as clear and simple as this; engaged colleagues deliver better results.

Even if it weren’t for the reams of workplace research available that shows engaged organisations typically deliver twice the net income of those with low levels of engagement, we see it in the multi award winning results that our teams deliver. Our people choose to invest in us and go over and above the requirements of their day job to make things happen for our customers at point of purchase or decision.

Engagement works for us as a force magnifier, whatever role our colleagues occupy they do it better when they feel valued, consulted, listened to and have a very clear understanding of what we and our customers are trying to achieve and the role that they play in delivering success.

REL don’t manufacture or produce amazing FMCG and consumer electronic brands as most of our customers do. Our product is people and sales teams we deploy to represent those amazing brands, so it is critical that our colleagues are engaged, feel part of both our and our customers’ families and fundamentally trust and love the company that they are part of.

We don’t see engagement as a task or an extra job that we need to do it is the job!

We are proud of our five consecutive UK and European appearances on the GPTW rankings, those listings along with the fact that in recent times more than sixty colleagues have chosen to return home to REL tell us we are doing a lot of things right however we will never become complacent about people engagement.

In fact, the one (and only) thing that keeps me awake at night is pondering over how we can become an even better place to work to deliver even more for our partners.