Wychavon District Council has been crowned the best council to work for in an annual competition.
The council – based in Worcestershire – beat scores of other local authorities in the contest run by workplace engagement consultancy Best Companies, the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) and Local Government Employers.
Chorley Council in Lancashire and Broadland District Council in Norfolk made up the top three.
Council employees were surveyed and each organisation was scored on factors including: leadership, management, personal growth, wellbeing and teamwork.
Lucy de Groot, executive director of the IDeA, said: “It’s no secret that the quality of a council’s services is inextricably linked to its staff. The sector employs more than two million people in the UK, and working with and involving staff in the organisation, as much as possible, has a marked impact on services.”
Jan Parkinson, managing director at Local Government Employers, added that the awards were an important way to improve the reputation of the sector. “It comes as no surprise that the top councils to work for demonstrate exceptional leadership and a commitment to talking, listening and working with their staff.”