Rational Group, the Isle of Man-based operator of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, has been selected as one of the best workplaces in the UK for the third consecutive year.

The Great Place to Work Institute, a consultancy specialising in workplace assessment and enhancement, this week announced that a record 100 organisations had been recognised as the UK’s Best Workplaces for 2014.

The list is based upon an employee survey conducted by the Institute. Globally, 6,000 organisations around the world are surveyed, representing approximately 10m employees.

Best Workplaces has gone through a process which measures the level of trust and engagement in the workplace and audits HR and management practices. Organisations are evaluated according to their size: Small (20-49 employees); Medium (50-499 employees) and Large (500+).

Rational Group came in 14th on the list of large companies with its 635 UK employees, including its headquarters in the Isle of Man. Top of the pile was financial services provider Capital One, while others heading up the list included Microsoft, eBay, Hyatt Hotels and McDonalds Restaurants.

“Once again, we are the only company in our industry to receive this accolade, which speaks volumes for our desire to lead from the front,” said Michael Hazel, chief finance officer of the Rational Group. “We are working hard to embrace the principles of what makes a great workplace and will never stop listening to our people and acting on their feedback.”

It is the third consecutive year that the UK and Isle of Man offices have been named to the list. Earlier this year, Rational Group offices in Ireland and Costa Rica were also named as some of the Best Workplaces in those countries.

“We are delighted to recognise a record 100 organisations which have achieved the coveted status of Best Workplace, one that has high trust and highly engaged employees,” said Tom O’Byrne, CEO of the Great Place to Work Institute. “All Best Workplaces recognise the strategic importance of creating and maintaining high trust, highly engaged workplaces as this can improve business performance and, for many, the bottom line.”

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