Everton named on three 'Sunday Times Top 100' employer lists

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Everton FC has been named one of the best places to work in the UK for the fourth year running.

The Blues have been ranked 54th overall in The Sunday Times’ Top ‘100 Best Large Companies To Work For’ list, and, for the first time, also feature at 40th and 12th in the ‘Regional’ and ‘Leisure And Hospitality’s 20 Best Companies to Work For’ standings respectively.

The Sunday Times guide is an annual ranking and survey of Britain’s best employers and is based on the views of employees. Businesses are ranked on responses from their staff on areas such as leadership, charitable giving, employee wellbeing and personal development.

Published annually, The Sunday Times list is widely acknowledged as one of the most extensive studies into employee engagement in the country.

Everton, the first football club to feature on the list back in 2018, improved on last year’s position by climbing 6 places, from 60th to 54th.

The accolade comes after the Club achieved a ‘three-star’ Best Companies accreditation status for the first time in April in acknowledgement of its “world-class" workplace engagement.

Kim Healey, Director of People, Culture and Workplace wellbeing at Everton, said: “We are very proud to have been named on the list of best employers for the fourth year running recognising the work done by the Club, Community and Free School and our talented, committed and ambitious staff.

“The coronavirus pandemic completely changed our way of working, and this year we have placed a huge amount of focus and importance on staff wellbeing and welfare during what has been a truly challenging time for everyone. 

“As a responsible employer we wanted to ensure we were communicating and engaging with staff to help them in any way possible – be that in their work or home life – and we introduced a range of resources and benefits to help support and manage their work and family responsibilities.

This award is a reflection of the business vision and people-centric culture adopted by our Chief Executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale.”

Everton CEO, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, added: “The people at Everton have always been central to driving positive change across our business.

“By listening to and supporting our staff, we have been able to make continuous improvements to our employee engagement strategy and enhance our commitment to staff welfare – which is now recognised as being the best in our industry and amongst the best in the country. 

“Kim and her People, Culture and Workplace Wellbeing Team deserve a huge amount of credit for how they engage with our staff and how they have embedded the Everton values of ambition, authenticity, determination and family throughout our organisation. The past year has highlighted how much the staff at Everton live our values through their hard work, dedication, resilience and altruism.

“Today’s achievement illustrates that staff at Everton feel empowered and have a true sense of ownership and understanding of what it means to be part of the Everton Family.”

In response to the first national lockdown in March 2020, Everton introduced a range of initiatives and resources to allow staff to feel engaged and connected while working from home.

This included the launch of ‘Everton Connect’, an online engagement service provided through the Club’s internal staff intranet that has offered services such as virtual lunchrooms, yoga sessions, home-schooling advice from education specialists, healthy cooking classes from Everton’s First-Team Head Chef, as well as interactive radio shows, podcasts and quizzes.

Members of Everton and Everton in the Community staff also took the time to contribute to a wider cause during the pandemic by supporting Blue Family, the Club and charity’s co-ordinated outreach campaign which has helped more than 30,000 vulnerable people. Staff joined Chairman Bill Kenwright, Chief Executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Club Ambassadors and Manager Carlo Ancelotti and his players in making more than 26,250 check-in and welfare phone calls to supporters and members of the local community – many of whom vulnerable or isolated during lockdown.

As part of Everton’s All Together Now initiative, groups of Everton staff have created networks promoting equality, diversity and inclusion - including an LGBT+ network, women’s network and men’s network, while the Club has introduced mental health champions and ambassadors as well as increased communication around free staff counselling, wellbeing and health benefits.

Using feedback directly from Club employees, a series of ‘Together Everton’ pledges were also launched to further develop a culture that encourages staff to embrace and maintain a collective focus on health and wellbeing, especially while working from home. Flexibility around working patterns has been embraced, and the focus of mid-season and end of season staff reviews now covers all elements of wellbeing alongside performance.

Everton’s continued improvement on ‘The Sunday Times’ ‘Top 100 Best Large Companies To Work For’ list follows on from the unprecedented backing of the Club’s supporters earlier this year. The Blues recorded their best-ever results in the Premier League Fan Survey’s 25-year history as Everton benchmarked higher than the Premier League average in every category, with fans supporting the Club’s leadership, fan engagement and contribution to the local community.  

To find out about the latest vacancies at Everton Football Club, visithttps://www.evertonfc.com/club/careers/vacancies 


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David Cooper
1 Posted 21/05/2021 at 19:59:40
EFC is a great club to work for. Sorry, couldn’t resist - just ask Mo Besic!
Dale Self
2 Posted 21/05/2021 at 20:15:03
Proud to be supporting a club that does seem to do things properly as possible. That leaves us in a position sometimes to be taken advantage of by charlatans like Besic and cheapshotted by our most loyal followers (see above) but I do love the Everton way.
Brian Murray
3 Posted 21/05/2021 at 20:34:40
Dale. You got your gum shield back in Fck sake ! The other fella just stating a fact that we are a pushover although hopefully that’s changing pronto. No more emotional decisions by er emotional people, il say no more bern banned before 😂👌
Joe McMahon
4 Posted 21/05/2021 at 20:40:15
Yup, I'm sure Delph et al agree. Unsworth will still be here in 15 years.
Dale Self
5 Posted 21/05/2021 at 20:42:30
Sorry Brian, are you stoking up some drama? The statement that Besic thinks this is a great club to work for is a cheapshot. What from the above in writing are you referring to?
Brian Murray
6 Posted 21/05/2021 at 21:11:26
Dale . Your form

On the forum was enough kidda . I’ve had too long a day to indulge any verbal tennis with you . Enjoy Sunday and here’s to a blinding transfer window,

James Flynn
7 Posted 21/05/2021 at 21:13:57
David (1) and Dale (2), hope you both are happy.


Niasse and Garbutt want a word.

And Roberto, unbelievably, is silent regarding all 3.

Dale Self
8 Posted 21/05/2021 at 21:24:09
Thanks Brian but that was only a response to others' so called form. Not proud of that but not apologizing either, how it is. And yes James even though the banter may not give that impression I'm okay with the response to our recent crisis and believe that good stable times are ahead.
David Cooper
9 Posted 21/05/2021 at 23:59:15
Have we lost our sense of humour? That’s what Evertonians do best when they don’t take themselves too seriously!
Dale Self
10 Posted 22/05/2021 at 00:09:54
No David, not losing the sense of humor. There have been numerous efforts to minimize Carlo's efforts and the club's progress. Weighing in with a joke is fine as long as you can permit me to say what I think needs to be said in the context of the overdone negativity.
David Cooper
11 Posted 22/05/2021 at 00:24:07
How does my comment minimize Carlo’s efforts or the progress the club has made on and off the field? How does it link to the perceived negativity that surfaces on here? Enough said. Sorry for offending your sense of perspective!
Dale Self
12 Posted 22/05/2021 at 00:34:59
Well let's see, the title of the article is 'Everton named on three Sunday Times top 100 employer lists' then you state "Everton is a great place to work for...ask Mo Besic" which does fit in the category of ridicule. Jumping on a thread first with a post that ridicules the articles thrust would seem to be a form of minimization.
David Cooper
13 Posted 22/05/2021 at 01:44:39
OK Dale I admit you have sussed me out. I was totally trying to undermine any success that EFC have achieved in 20-21. As you so perceptively pointed out I was attempting minimization. I am so sorry to have offended you and will never ridicule any supporter, employee or employers who are connected with EFC.
COYBs on Sunday!
Don Alexander
14 Posted 22/05/2021 at 02:21:09
Meanwhile, after half a £billion-ish having been spent on players to merely maintain the paltry league positions that Kenwright deemed acceptable for decades, this summer we're assured that, whilst everyone in the club feels comfy, an effort is promised (yet again under Moshiri) to at last sign an attacking player (one?) with those hitherto elusive qualities of skill, pace, power and determination.

We'll see.

So that's all right then.

Yeah, right.

Brendan McLaughlin
15 Posted 22/05/2021 at 08:51:16
I presume because of the coronavirus restrictictions there will be no open top bus parade but when does the DVD come out?
John Kavanagh
16 Posted 22/05/2021 at 13:22:44
I think it's quite right that we should be proud of our efforts as an employer, especially during the pandemic. Contrast our actions with those of other Champions League fattened outfits, especially the one nearest us.

Now if we can just focus on improving recruitment in some key areas please?

Thomas Richards
17 Posted 22/05/2021 at 13:25:59
Denise Barrett-Baxendale has come a long way since her days at Sacred Heart school in Kensington. A good solid working class area.

All credit to her.

Danny O’Neill
18 Posted 22/05/2021 at 13:44:19
I know for some this is nice old Everton at play.

But to put a positive on it, for those of us who have been following the European Super League and Paul the Esk's reform threads, this is good stuff.

Everton more than most are very well placed to adopt the supporter / investor partnership model if football reform is on the cards.

Colin Glassar
19 Posted 22/05/2021 at 13:51:55
Bring us your poor, hungry, homeless etc... could be the new Everton motto. The amounts of time we've been ripped off from the chairman down is nothing short of disgraceful.

We are an easy touch and everyone knows it. Just ask Man Utd and Arsenal about ripping us off for rejects like Gibson and fucking Iwobi.

Barry Hesketh
20 Posted 22/05/2021 at 14:02:30
Brendan @ 15

I presume because of the coronavirus restrictions there will be no open-top bus parade but when does the DVD come out?

I honestly believed I had accidentally clicked on the wrong site. I understand the cynicism about the cosy, nice, apple-pie aspects of the club, but surely this particular aspect of the club is a good thing as it affects ordinary working people being looked after by its employers.

Steve Brown
21 Posted 22/05/2021 at 14:03:08
Cue the cynicism – being named as an employer of choice in the Sunday Times Top 100 is something every UK company is desperate to achieve.

People want to work for a company with a great culture and our club has that. They will leave places that don't, so this accolade will help us attract more talented people.

All Evertonians should be hugely proud of this, as they should be of the magnificent work of EitC.

Brent Stephens
22 Posted 22/05/2021 at 14:08:20
I wouldn't want any employer to maltreat its employees. When we get acknowledgement that, not only is EFC not one of those exploitative employers, in fact it's recognised as one of the best employers, then I respect that.

And I'm sure the EFC employees do. Credit where credit is due.

David Cash
23 Posted 22/05/2021 at 14:15:57
I like that post, Danny. Being a good employer doesn't win you trophies, but it's not something to be scoffed at.

There's a club across the park who would still be sending kids up chimneys if they thought they would get away with it – unless of course they could furlough them.

Brent Stephens
24 Posted 22/05/2021 at 14:46:44
And another plus for the club, with Denise Brrett-Baxendale invited to join the following:


Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has today announced the full membership of the panel which will join Chair Tracey Crouch MP as she commences the Government's fan-led review of football.

In the aftermath of the failed European Super League bid, the Government announced its manifesto commitment to conduct the review and published its Terms of Reference last month.

The panel features fan representation at its heart and also includes former players and managers, current administrators, representatives of non-league and the women's game as well as independent members. The Chair and panel will now begin a series of roundtable meetings that will reach out to fans and football organisations throughout the football pyramid, to hear their views on the future of the national game.

Representation will be from the whole football pyramid with Premier League, Championship, Women's, League One and Two and Non-league, Community and Diversity based fan networks asked to participate.

The full panel is as follows:

Kevin Miles (Chief Executive, The Football Supporters' Association)
Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale (Chief Executive, Everton FC)
Clarke Carlisle (former Burnley player and former Chair of Professional Footballers Association)
Dan Jones (Partner, Football Finance)
Dawn Airey (Chair, FA Women's Super League)
David Mahoney (Chief Operating Officer, England and Wales Cricket Board)
James Tedford (Former Secretary, Southport FC)
Godric Smith (Director, Cambridge United)
Danny Finkelstein, independent member

The Chair and panel will canvass fans' views on ownership, governance and financial flows within the game. It will add to the recommendations of the English Football League's Governance Review and the Government's 2016 Expert Working Group on Football Supporter Ownership and Engagement.

In addition, they will assess if there is a need for an independent football regulator, charged with implementing regulation and compliance, and how that could work within the existing framework provided by the Football Association, Premier League and English Football League.

Alan J Thompson
25 Posted 22/05/2021 at 19:36:04
And Messrs Martinez, Koeman, Silva and Allardyce vote it as the most profitable not to work for.

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