The transformation into a truly employee-centric organisation has earned Shepherds Friendly Society two gongs at the 2019 UK Employee Experience Awards.

Based in Cheadle and with a history dating back to 1826, the mutual society secured the wins at the awards final which was recently held at London’s Park Plaza Riverbank and hosted by Awards International. A delegation presented before a panel of expert judges in the hopes of securing victory in two categories, and their efforts won Gold for Employee-Centric Company, and Bronze for the highly coveted Team of the Year.

Nasrin Hossain, Chief Culture Officer of Shepherds Friendly, spoke to CXM following the event, and described the day’s success.

“This was a much-deserved reward for the Shepherds Friendly Society team and a recognition of the efforts and improvements we’ve made in Employee Experience throughout the year,” Nasrin said.

“More than 300 finalists gathered at the Park Plaza Riverbank in London to compete for a series of coveted prizes and share best practice ideas with one another. Everyone in attendance gained a greater appreciation for how organisations can enable their staff to be contented, productive, and able to realise their potential.

“In the morning, we impressed the judges with our presentation, condensing a complex range of working practices into a concise, engaging 15-minute pitch in front of a judging panel.

“Once the presentation finished, we had the chance to network with a diverse range of business leaders from all sectors. With awards going to organisations ranging from care homes to government agencies, it truly was a chance to attain meaningful new EX perspectives from other professionals.”

Speaking of the wins, Nasrin continued: “When the Employee-Centric Company category results came up, hearing our name read out is something we’ll never forget! It was a very special day for us, and we enjoyed celebrating our victory with our team when we returned to our head office in Cheadle.

We are thrilled to have won Gold for Employee-Centric Company and the Bronze award for Team of the Year. Our commitment is to create an environment where our staff feel valued, supported and driven to achieve the best outcome for our members, and we are delighted that our efforts in doing this have been recognised.

“Thank you to Awards International for organising the event, and we look forward to entering next year to defend our crown!”

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