The Fab Four! The SLH Group top The Sunday Times Best Companies list for the fourth time

Published: 28 February 2017

Liverpool housing provider, The SLH Group, has taken the number one spot in the elite ‘Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Company to Work For’ list for the fourth consecutive year.

The organisation, which employs 95 people and manages over 3700 homes in South Liverpool, picked up their award at a glittering ceremony in London on Wednesday 22 February after employees took part in an independent, national survey which measures employee engagement.

Creating a culture where people love their work is paying dividends for the organisation; no-one scored any question lower than 76% positive on the survey and they achieved 44 top results across the 70 questions.

Julie Fadden, SLH Chief Executive is delighted with the result, “Our ethos at SLH is to make sure that every colleague feels motivated, empowered and energised so that our tenants receive the best possible service from us. This has shone through in the survey and we are over the moon that we have achieved the number one spot again.”

One of the areas where SLH particularly stood out was the approach to wellbeing, with 87% of employees saying that they are positive about their health and work life balance.  Julie Fadden strongly believes that maintaining this balance is key to a happy working environment, “Happy employees equal happy tenants, it’s that simple.  The housing sector, like many other not-for-profit bodies, has had a tough ride over the last couple of years and it’s our job to make sure colleagues feel supported and happy in their work so they can serve our communities in the best possible way.” 

Chris Halliday, Senior Income Enforcement supports this view, “We can work flexibly to fit around our home life, which is a huge benefit to me with a young family.  We can also take advantage of a relaxing space where we can play pool, table tennis or darts, or just chill out, watch TV or take part in crafts.”

“There is a ‘work hard, play hard’ culture at SLH and as clichéd as it sounds it really is like being part of one big family.”

Always encouraged to achieve their full potential, 76% of employees recognise that there are opportunities to learn and grow across the organisation.  This is particularly important as challenging times call for employees to be creative so that organisations like SLH can continue to support tenants through adverse times.  And that’s certainly something which resonates with a small group of colleagues who worked together to open up SLH’s community shop selling low-cost food and household goods to tenants.  An idea born at the annual colleague conference, this group of determined colleagues juggled their day jobs to open up The Market Place five months ago, which now has close to 200 members.

Building on this culture of personal growth, the organisation is launching an SLH Academy this year, which will further support the learning and development of its employees.