Circle Bath Hospital wins South West's happiest workplace award

Staff wellbeing and teamwork earned Circle Bath Hospital the happiest workplace award for the South West region of England. Circle Bath Hospital won because of its 'truly-inspiring' ethos and environment, Business News Online reported.

The competition, now in its third year, was launched by workplace and interior design consultancy Wylde IA to recognise firms that go the extra mile to ensure their staff are cheerful and fulfilled. 

“We’ve had to make some tough decisions which haven’t been easy, but Circle Bath Hospital stood out for us – they’ve created a genuinely inspirational workplace,” said Maxine Bennett, director of Bristol-based Wylde IA.

The award judges said they were instantly struck by what they saw as a unique workplace and hospital with a light airy and welcoming building, and with its own ‘Circle Credo’ – a set of shared beliefs and values, which guide everything they do.

“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," said Circle Bath Hospital general manager Paul McGaughey. “We have worked hard on embracing a wellbeing programme for everyone who works at Circle, offering fun and healthy activities."

The judges highlighted these features that made Circle a winner:

  • The principle of staff dedicated as ‘agents of their patients,’ aiming to exceed their expectations, earning their trust and loyalty
  • Staff have a voice and are valued whatever their role
  • Teamwork and cooperation are fundamental to their success, while the management style and culture are approachable and open
  • health-related benefits for staff including a pioneering mental health line, flu jabs and smoking cessation support. Free activities include yoga, pilates, tai chi, lunchtime walks and sports massage

The competition was supported by seating company Boss Design, a carpet manufacturer

Milliken, interior products company Vescom and iconic lamp manufacturer Anglepoise; all of which have donated prizes for the winner. The Happiest Workplace competition is supported by Bath Business News and its sister titles.

"It is the staff here who have created the culture of openness, supportiveness and teamwork which have become so ingrained in the DNA of Circle," Paul said. “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.”

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