Nottingham City CouncilAbout the organisation Nottingham City Council employs 7,000 staff – it is one of the largest employers in Nottingham and 45% of employees are city residents. In a challenging economic climate, the Council relies on delivering exceptional benefits to help attract, recruit, retain and develop talented employees; but at no cost to the Council. The challenge In the context of continuing local authority cost cuts – in particular, the constraints on public-sector salaries – the challenge of attracting, retaining and engaging top performing people is substantial. To address this, the Council needed to focus on: improving employee engagement and wellbeing to create an engaged and healthy workforce; making workplace savings to help reduce the budget shortfall; attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining talent; and increasing the number of 16 to 24-year-olds employed. What the organisation did
- Introduced a benefits scheme, "Works Perks", which enables employees to make substantial savings on their take-home pay through local and national discounts, and salary-sacrifice schemes.
- Offered various benefits to employees as part of the scheme, including: childcare vouchers; cycle-to-work schemes and a green car scheme; annual leave purchase scheme (holidayplus); reduction of working hours scheme (MYtime); a mobile phone scheme; and workplace giving.
- Offered employees various discounts, including: spreePlus multi-retailer discount card; money off bus, tram, rail and car parking; and a 50% discount at Council leisure centres.
- Enabled employees to benefit from: health cash plans; an OH team; an employee assistance programme; a local government pension scheme; and the "Go the Extra Mile (GEM)" recognition scheme.
- Promoted the new scheme using champions, who attend quarterly meetings and roadshow events.
- Used various tools to communicate the benefits of the scheme, such as a voluntary benefits website, "Works Perks" newsletter, weekly staff bulletin, and adverts on screens and noticeboards throughout the offices.
- Recently launched a new recruitment programme, People Plus, advertising role