Accent Housing

We're a housing association who provide high quality, affordable homes with the purpose to improve our residents' lives.
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https://www.accentgroup.org/

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Making a difference and improving people's lives is part of the job at Accent Group which has been providing a roof over people's head since 1966. Today the housing association owns almost 22,000 properties across the North, East and South of the country which are home to more than 35,000 residents. A registered society for the benefit of the community, Accent has plans to build many more.

Looking after staff so they can look after residents is a priority for the organisation which has an employee-led group which organises a calendar of activities to boost the health and wellbeing of the workforce. During the pandemic welfare calls were made to all employees and regular virtual events were organised to strengthen camaraderie.

Accent also committed not to furlough staff and provided a home-working allowance to ensure employees had the wherewithal to do their jobs and offered flexibility on working hours. The organisation places a big emphasis on teamwork and invests in staff development, funding external qualifications and encouraging continuous professional development  through conferences.

Pre-pandemic it held an Accent Learning Day, where all employees from the support functions visited their regional offices and went out with front-line staff to better understand the perspective of their customer facing employees helping to improve understanding between departments.

Accent changed its approach to location during the pandemic and has expanded its reach to include recruiting in Northern Ireland even though it doesn't have any properties in the province, significantly broadening the potential talent pool.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Team

86% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

During the pandemic Accent set up the Fancy a Brew scheme randomly pairing employees on a weekly basis for a chat over a virtual cuppa. More than 1,000 conversations have taken place, creating new friendships or enhancing existing ones across the business.

Fair Deal

60% of staff agreed

I am paid fairly for the work I do relative to people in similar positions in similar organisations

Accent rewards staff with benefits including flexi-time, a cycle to work scheme and 28 days' paid holiday a year rising by one day a year up to a maximum of a week. Staff can also purchase additional holiday and Accent awards one-off bonuses where individuals have exceeded expectations.

Giving Something Back

81% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

During the pandemic, and in response to the financial burden the pandemic was having on people across the country, Accent was instrumental in setting up the #morethanhomes campaign to raise £1m for The Trussell Trust charity which supports a network of more than 1,200 foodbanks across the UK.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1966
Total number of employees
5
Number of UK locations
Employee average age
Male : Female employee ratio
Employees earning £35k+
Employee turnover (voluntary)

Benefits

Maternity

Companies offering at least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative.

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Quote from the top...
"Our Best Companies journey so far has been nothing short of fantastic. We achieved '1 Star Accreditation' back in October 2019 in our first ever Best Companies survey, a phenomenal result that we followed up with '2 Stars' in our second survey earlier this year. This is an amazing achievement for us all because this is about the culture of the organisation, but most importantly it's about our people. I am so proud of what we have achieved so far, but watch this space because there's more to come."

Paul Dolan, Chief Executive - Accent Housing

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