Organisational changes we’ve made in the past year are all about transforming our culture in order to respond better to the climate emergency. Like others, we’ve come through a challenging period. Yet we’ve continued to grow, and to grow our people.
With our diversity and inclusion lead now in post, we’re ready to implement a robust strategy for building a workforce that better reflects society, every part of which is impacted by climate change.
Driving our new culture is a move to hybrid working. Three-quarters of our current workforce blend home with office working. More people can now work for us in different parts of the UK. Less travel, meanwhile, helps shrink our carbon profile.
We know hybrid working can make a vital contribution to mental wellbeing. At Energy Saving Trust we want to go further. That’s why we offer employees a wellbeing allowance of up to £300 annually to spend on positive activities that refresh their perspective on life and working life.
How will we know we’re doing it right? We’re investing in a staff satisfaction survey with Best Companies, a leading engagement survey provider, to measure and improve workforce engagement.
The accreditation offered through Best Companies feeds directly into our employee value proposition. So too does our exciting target of offering 5-10 apprenticeships this year. We’re also talking to universities about graduate placements – a chance for students to engage with relevant topics while giving something worthwhile back to our mission.
At the heart of our cultural transformation is a new focus on empowerment through coaching, with employees now able to access a recognised coach to bring creative solutions to their role.
Group director of people and organisational development Russell Newham says: “Coaching helps us reach our goals faster. Our mission is urgent. Put simply, we’re speeding up our effectiveness.”