Published: 10 May 2022

Employee council at Darlington Building Society

Employee council at Darlington Building Society

Darlington Building Society’s first employee council meeting was held last week. The council gives colleagues the chance to have a real stake in the Society’s future employee offer.

The council will meet quarterly, and keep in regular contact between meetings, to share and discuss ideas.

Information and updates from the meetings will be shared across all teams. Each council representative will bring feedback from their teams to the next meeting. This allows the entire Society to be involved.

The council is made up of 17 employees, representing teams across the Society. This includes members of the executive team and a non-executive director. It was formed following colleague feedback, and the Society’s vision for employees to help steer its people strategy.

Health and wellbeing was one of the important topics discussed at the first meeting included. Other key topics included benefits to add to the Society’s existing package, as well as reintroducing the successful “Society Thanks” programme.

Council representatives from the executive team feedback suggestions and comments to the wider executive for consideration, before being presented to the Board.

Taking it up a notch

Niki Barker, Director of People and Culture at Darlington Building Society said: “We’ve always valued our colleagues’ feedback, but this is about taking it up a notch. This is a formal forum for feedback to be discussed and considered by senior leaders.

“By opening the lines of communication further, colleagues can share their thoughts, ideas and concerns. We hope to break down any barriers so that open and honest conversations can propel the Society forward.

“We have been recognised as an ‘Outstanding’ employer two years running by employee engagement specialists, Best Companies. But we don’t rest on our laurels, as  there’s always room for improvement. We want the views of our colleagues – they know the Society as an employer best of all

“Everyone’s opinion is valid and everyone is equal at Darlington Building Society. The formation of this council is just one way that we are bringing this to life.”

For more information on life at Darlington Building Society, please visit our careers page.