2014-03-04 16:54:24 - Peterborough-based medical devices company Coloplast (www.coloplast.com) has stormed up The Sunday Times ‘top 100’ league table of best companies to work for, coming in at number 39 – a massive leap from last year’s placing of 68. It is the fourth year running that the company has been named as one of the best medium-sized companies to work for in the UK.
Nearly 900 companies took part in this year’s awards process, with employees giving their opinions on their employers and places of work. As part of the process, Coloplast staff were asked to give their views on eight key areas of their relationship with the company, including leadership, wellbeing and personal growth.
When asked if they feel the company makes a real difference to the world, staff rated the company so highly that, for the second year running, it ranked second in the UK.
Speaking after the glittering awards ceremony, Sam Sedwill, HR director at Coloplast, said: “What an amazing achievement! We had hoped to make it into the top 50 this year, so to be number 39 is fantastic, jumping 29 places
up the table from last year.
“The award is given as a result of staff feedback so each year it has enabled us to see exactly what makes us great and what areas we need to focus on. Having taken the feedback on board over the last three years we have worked hard to make Coloplast an even greater place to work and the results are there in black and white.
“It isn’t just one thing that makes the difference. We have introduced leadership forums and training, plus we run sessions where employees can come and talk to us openly about any ideas they may have for the company. We support staff when undertaking charity events, like last year’s Snowdon Push which saw 15 of our employees push, pull and lift a colleague in a wheelchair up and down Mount Snowdon in a day.
“We work to support the Hampson Foundation and staff have been able to spend time with the founder, former English rugby union prop Matt Hampson.
“We invite customers in to talk to staff about the service we provide, we hold events like family fun days and have introduced annual wellbeing weeks. On top of all of this we offer great benefits, profit related pay, plus regular treats like vouchers at Christmas.”
Coloplast manufactures medical products ranging from dressings and gels to catheters and colostomy bags. Its ‘mission’ is to make life easier for people with very personal and private medical conditions.
The Sunday Times found that staff are excited about where the organisation is going (81 per cent) and have a great deal of faith in UK general manager Sue Kernahan (81 per cent). Staff feel that executives truly live the values of the organisation (80 per cent) and were impressed when Sue worked a shift in the firm’s warehouse, demonstrating her ability to pick, pack and despatch products.
Sue commented: “I believe in leading by example and it is an honour to see that highlighted by our staff and by the Sunday Times. I also believe in nurturing and developing our staff – after all it is their hard work and dedication that make the company the success that it is. To hear that staff find the training we provide of great benefit (73 per cent) and that they believe they can make a valuable contribution to Coloplast’s success (84 per cent) is fantastic.
“Knowing that staff enjoy working here and that they are proud to do so (85 per cent) makes me incredibly proud.”
Coloplast was presented with the prestigious Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2014 award at a ceremony in London where company representatives celebrated alongside other winners including multi-national companies and public sector organisations.
If you are interested in joining a company that is recognised in the top 50 of The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, has won awards for people development, cares for its customers and genuinely recognises and rewards success, visit www.jobsatcoloplast.com.