Last year Aquarius entered into the Times Top 100 Best Non for Profit Organisations to work for as sponsored by Best Companies.
All staff were invited to fill in an anonymous survey expressing their honest views and opinions about working for us. Approximately 900 charitable organisations enter and some have been doing so for a number of years, so as the ‘New Kids on the Block’ we didn’t expect to be placed in the top 100 but had our fingers crossed.
At Aquarius it is all about the clients, many of our staff work extra hours, or do jobs and tasks outside of their job description as we all share a common belief that we can help and support our clients make a change for the better, and by going that extra mile we achieve great results. So by entering into the Best Companies we simply wanted an idea of how we can help our staff and improve in any areas we fell short as knowing the staff are happy in their job and feel well supported means we can give more to our clients.
The 219 employees at Aquarius, made up primarily of practitioners, understand that people use substances to cope with problems, are responsible for their thoughts, feelings and actions, and with the right support are capable of making changes.
So how do you get into the top 100? The places are judged on how well each organisation comes in each category so Aquarius were ranked in each of these categories including “My Team” and “My Manager” then the overall results equal your ranking.
So with almost 900 people to compete with you can imagine to our delight and surprise we learned we came an astonishing 44th out of 100!!
It goes to show the charitable sector can be a very rewarding place to work. In a recent internal survey, staff stated:
“My colleagues are all great to work with and are very supportive of each other.”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Aquarius and still am. I feel that no two days are the same in this role, thus it is very varied. I feel that I am continuously learning and developing new skills, which help me to do my job better”
Chief Executive Annette Fleming says, “It is wonderful that we can make such a positive impact on people’s lives and knowing the staff enjoy their job and the environment they work in at the same time. It is great to see all our services pulling together to provide a great service”
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