Stephanie Broadribb and Glenn Dimelow,Director of Best Companies
The Open University is the highest ranking Higher Education institution in the 2010 Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For in the Public Sector list, which was published yesterday (Sunday 14 March). Placed in the list at number 7, the OU is ranked higher than any other public sector organisation for the categories ‘giving something back’ and ‘fair deal’. It also ranks third in the ‘my company’ factor, which measures how staff feel about their employer and work ethos.
Nigel Holt, Director of HR at the OU, said: “We decided to take part in the survey because we see real value in benchmarking ourselves against the best organisations in the UK. The Sunday Times surveyed members of staff at Walton Hall, national and regional centres. I am delighted that our staff participated in this and led to us being nominated for the award. The success of the University is due to our outstanding employees.”
The survey also found that OU employees appreciate the positive impact the University has on society, and don’t feel it supports just causes just to generate good publicity – in both of these criteria, the OU had top-ranking scores.
The University is listed on the Best Companies Accreditation website with one star , and is one of just 410 organisations to be awarded accreditation from Best Companies.