These are the top 20 UK companies with the best workplace culture

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Some employers are changing the way they manage their employers, improving workplace culture (Source: Getty)

Employees have chosen the best companies in the UK in terms of workplace culture, and the research suggests Northern Gas and Power has taken the top spot.

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and job site Glassdoor have teamed up to compile a list of 20 companies with the best management and working cultures.

The energy consultant ranked number one on the list thanks to its focus on management behaviour and a track record of promoting and developing its people, which employees said helped boost productivity and morale.

Second was hospitality tech firm, Fourth, which promotes a split leadership structure distinguished between two types of manager - the technical specialists and the people specialists.

Up third was software consultancy Equal Experts, which has said it aims to be a "company of grown-ups". Staff are recruited on the premise that they will be able to act autonomously, seeking advice on the decisions they make, rather than adhering to a strict hierarchy.

Also in the top 20 were Skyscanner, Bain & Company and Facebook.

Patrick Woodman, head of research and advocacy at CMI, said:  

At a time when trust in business is at an all-time low and there are major worries about the UK’s poor productivity, every organisation can learn from these fantastic examples of well-managed businesses.

These 20 companies show how quality management and leadership makes a real difference in inspiring and motivating employees.

Woodman added: "Many of the best employers are now changing how they do things to make sure they put people with the right skills in the management roles that are critical to their company’s success.”

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Here are the top 20 UK companies by workplace culture

Rank Company Management and culture ethos
1 Northern Gas and Power “Nothing is more important here than managerial behaviour”
2 Fourth “If we all live our values every day, we’ll not only achieve our values, but we’ll be doing it with an ethos that sets us apart.”
3 Equal Experts “When people enjoy what they are doing, they create better work, day in, day out.”
4 RHP RHP has worked hard to create a culture where all staff feel empowered to make decisions, solve problems and take risks.
5 Bain & Company “Leaders at Bain are honest – they use direct language, and the ‘one team’ attitude is crucial.”
6 HomeServe UK “If you put your people first, they will look after your customers and the rest will take care of itself.”
7 Lookers “It’s all about making our people feel appreciated.”
8 Rentokil Initial “Our core management approach is one of open, accessible, responsible leadership.”
9 Auto Trader “An important part of our culture is to address negative behaviour in a timely manner, so all managers take responsibility for this.”
10 Epos Now “Work hard, play hard.”
11 Facebook “Nothing at Facebook is somebody else’s problem.”
12 First Utility “Naming and acclaiming has the effect of keeping the values front of mind and enforcing them – after all, who doesn’t want a bit of praise and recognition?”
13 VistaBee VistaBee CEO Steve Reilly leads by giving employees “as much autonomy as possible.”
14 Skyscanner “There’s freedom in how work is executed, with less bureaucracy, and productivity is high.”
15 MediaMath “The structure can sometimes slow down decision-making, but we believe collaboration enables us to create better outcomes for our people and clients.”
16 Badoo “We allow our employees the autonomy to see projects right through to fruition, without handholding or micromanagement.”
17 Baringa Partners “Our partners have gained the trust and respect of our employees because they care.”
18 Peninsula Peninsula focuses on creating a ‘welcoming and success-driven environment’.
19 Cloudreach

At Cloudreach, managers “lead rather than manage. The difference for us is that a leader truly inspires and engages those who follow them”.

20 Thomas International The company uses its own Engage software tool annually to assess seven aspects of workplace engagement: voice, togetherness, challenge, freedom, clarity, recognition and growth.

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