Grace Ingham is Head of People Support at Chess and she's been with the business for over 12 years. In her role, she is responsible for performance management, payroll and benefits. Together with her team, she helps to create and maintain the culture that has kept Chess in ‘The Sunday Times Top 100 companies To Work For’ list for over 10 years.
We're incredibly proud to have been in the top 100 Best Companies for 13 years, having placed #1 in 2018 and in the top 3 for four years. This year we received the highest accolade 'world-class to work for' 3-star accreditation rating and placed #12 Best Large Company category and #8 in the Technology sector awards.
Siobhan Daly and Natasha Glaser from our People Support Team were at the London ceremony to collect the award on behalf of Chess. Follow us on LinkedIn to catch a glimpse of the glittering event and keep up with all the news from Chess.
Speaking about the awards, Chess Executive Chairman and Founder David Pollock said:
"Our Chess Blueprint vision is to build a business we can be proud of. Easy to say, much harder to deliver. It's something that takes hard work, determination, bravery, constant change, evolution, positive attitude, loads of energy, belief, desire and above all, passion."
"Chess is a great place to work because of our great people. Everyone wants to work for a great company but it's those people working together as one team who make it great."
"I'm so proud of our people and their commitment to our culture. They are as passionate about making Chess a great place to work as they are passionate that we are a great place to be a customer."
"We thank all our customers, partners and employees for their support."
Our award-winning culture and how Chess looks after the wellbeing of our people is what makes us a great place to work.
- Hybrid Work – we look at the individual circumstances of every person and adapt to their needs. Learn more about how we launch and make hybrid successful here.
- Flexible Hours – we understand our people have commitments outside of work as well, so we encourage flexible working while maintaining the balance of the needs of our people and the needs of our customers.
- Morale and Wellbeing – we use technology to support people to share how they feel and talk to them as part of 1-2-1s every month to support them. We do not encourage overtime as this is a sign that we're under-resourced and we keep track of holidays to ensure our people are taking time off work.
- Our Culture – leadership plays a crucial role in building and maintaining our culture, but we share the responsibility for this with all of our people. We've incorporated charitable giving, praise and we have Culture Ambassadors who are the voice of our people and ensure that we are doing the right thing.
We are always happy to help if you want to have a chat about our culture. Get in touch with us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.