Circle Bath Hospital scoops top-prize at 2017 ‘Happiest Workplace Competition’

The 2017 Happiest Workplace Competition awards ceremony – which was recently hosted at Corsham-based Hartham Park – has been won by Circle Bath Hospital.

Now in its third year and run by the Bristol-based workplace and interior design consultancy Wylde IA, the competition aims to “find the very best workplaces in the South West.”

Circle Bath Hospital, which is situated just outside Bath, received the accolade after judges were said to have been “genuinely impressed and inspired by the ethos, environment and the staff” at the Hospital.

Paul McGaughey, general manager of Circle Bath Hospital, said: “We are delighted to have won this award. Our staff are a fantastic group of people who, through their dedication, skill and positive attitude deliver a fantastic service to our patients. We have worked hard on embracing a well-being programme for everyone who works at Circle, offering fun and healthy activities.”

He continued: “However, it is the staff here who have created the culture of openness, supportiveness and teamwork which has become so ingrained in the DNA of Circle. We are in no way complacent and still have lots to do to ensure staff are as happy as possible and to provide them with a great environment and all the tools to do their job to an outstanding level.”

Maxine Bennett, director for Wylde IA, added: “The Happiest Workplace competition is the highlight of our year. This year we’ve attracted a record number of entries from businesses and have been overwhelmed by the quality of workplaces. We’ve had to make some tough decisions which hasn’t been easy but Circle Bath Hospital stood out for us – they’ve created a genuinely inspirational workplace”

According to the judging panel, it was evident that Circle Bath employees are “passionate and proud” of their work with all staff having a voice and feeling valued whatever their role. The management style and culture is “approachable and open” with daily “walk-arounds” by managers.

Employees also apparently enjoy many health-related benefits such as access to mental health support, flu jabs and a smoking cessation programme. Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, tai chi and lunchtime walks are also laid on alongside free sports massage as and when needed.

Pictured above: Members of the Circle Bath team after collecting their award

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