THE Co-operative Bank has been selected as one of the UK's best workplaces in a special Financial Times survey.
The survey shows that the Manchester-based bank was ranked 24 in the UK's top 50. It was the only high street bank in the listing.
Chief Executive Mervyn Pedelty said: `We can all be very proud of this achievement. This external recognition of the bank's culture and style, employment practices and reward programmes is very satisfying.
`I have always firmly believed that our people, and their commitment to exceptional levels of customer service, are crucial to our success.
`The fact that staff opinions about working for the bank constitute the major reason for our inclusion in the list of the ?UK's Best Workplaces 2003' gives us considerable satisfaction.`
The survey was conducted by Accountability, the professional institute that has provided assurance for the Business in the Community Awards for Business in the past two years.
Some 1,000 companies who already had a reputation for being a good workplace were approached and asked to apply. Eventually 150 registered for the awards and 98 companies completed the process.
Each organisation taking part was required to distribute a questionnaire to a random sample of 250 of their employees.
Questions highlighted trustworthiness and competence of management, recognition of personal and professional worth, equitable sharing of opportunities and rewards, pride in the job and camaraderie.