Case study: Compass Group
Food service company Compass Group has put itself forward for accreditation schemes sporadically over the past few years. It also runs internal accreditation programmes within the company for its 75,000 staff.
Although some employers feel obliged to continue their involvement with these schemes, Compass Group does not believe that being placed in The Sunday Times’ 100 best companies to work for one year, but not the next has had an adverse impact on its profile.
Sally Mason, reward director at Compass Group UK and Ireland, explains: "Some years we decided not to enter The Sunday Times’ [poll], and this is really down to timing as we need the time to analyse and review the data from the survey.
This is difficult to do if we are already running our own accreditation scheme in-house." Mason believes the information obtained from an internal accreditation system is equal to that of external polls, provided employees give honest feedback.