We’ve ranked 1st in the UK's Best Workplaces for Women 2022

By Evolved • 20 July 2022 • minutes reading time

We’re incredibly proud to announce that we’ve ranked number one in Great Place to Work’s Best Workplaces for Women list!

Great Place To Work aims to highlight excellence in workplaces around the world. Their annual UK Best Workplaces for Women list aims to showcase and recgonise the Best Workplaces for Women, and we’re truly honoured to have topped the charts for medium-sized businesses (51 – 250 employees) on a list of 96 companies.

What is the GPTW Best Workplaces for Women list?

GPTW (aka Great Place To Work) is the global authority on workplace culture. Their list of Best Workplaces for Women aims to showcase organisations that work hard to ensure that women aren’t discriminated against, that they have fair access and advancement opportunities, and that they can work in an environment that fosters a sense of value and empowerment.

Now in its fifth year, the list celebrates a huge breadth of businesses and is split into four categories based on size – Small, Medium, Large, and Super Large. In 2021, Evolved placed 4th in the Small category, and this year we have reached the number 1 spot in the Medium category.

We’re particularly thrilled by this as it shows that, as we’ve grown in size as a company, we’ve stayed true to our values and have continued to promote equality and create an empowering workplace for women.

Team highlights that show we’re a Great Place To Work for Women…

Our employees have rated us across a vast range of criteria, covering topics such as leadership, development, progression, trust, work-life balance, the way we work, benefits, and more, to give a comprehensive picture of what we’re really doing to make Evolved a Great Place to Work for Women.

Last year when we placed 4th in the small business category, we asked ourselves what we could do to continuously improve. As a result, this year our team ratings showed 100% across the board…

  • 100% of our female staff cited that we encourage a positive work-life balance.
  • 100% said that “taking everything into account, I would say that this is a great place to work”, and so did 100% of our males!
  • 100% of our females said that they feel people are treated fairly regardless of gender.
  • 100% said they feel Evolved Search is a psychologically and emotionally healthy place to work, which is great news considering that the Great Place to Work benchmark is just 78%.
  • Finally, 100% said our organisation actively prioritises employee wellbeing.

As part of our ongoing Great Place to Work scoring, we saw some fantastic results from our females…

  • 93% of our females feel their role makes a difference
  • 98% of our females feel supported in all aspects of their working lives
  • 99% feel that they are well respected from their peers and senior team
  • 100% feel our workplace is a caring workplace
  • 100% feel they are not just an employee
  • 96% feel a sense of pride in the work they do

It’d be great if we lived in a world where lists like this didn’t have to exist and every workplace was great for everyone regardless of gender, orientation, or race, but since that’s not quite where we live as a society, we’re committed to being the best we can be for every member of the team.

What are we doing to continuously improve?

We’re not a bunch to rest on their laurels and we see being named as one of the Great Places to Work for Women, and these scores, our new benchmark to maintain and uphold with our values.

We evaluated our approach to going back to the office, including a 4-day working week, a hybrid-working model, and widely flexible working, allowing all employees to better balance their personal lives with work in a way that suits them. This is particularly advantageous to our employees who have children and have to balance childcare, but ultimately it’s about us all finding a better balance that complements our individual working styles.

We’re always striving to ensure that our maternity package is up there with the best, so it’s an ever-improving benefit. In our maternity/paternity package, we provide an enhanced rate of pay versus the statutory allowance and that applies to all parents, including those adopting.

We also have a robust professional development framework in place to ensure every member of the team has a bespoke plan to work towards to ensure fair promotions, pay rises, and career development.

One of the benefits of being independent is that we can implement these changes quickly and stay ahead of the curve, so you can bet we’ll have more perks up our sleeves that actually make a difference in people’s lives and promote equality across the business.

If this all sounds good to you and you want to join us, check out our current vacancies and leave a speculative application if there isn’t a role that you’re interested in right now.

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