Aster Group

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84% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

The Chief Executive Award is run annually, and is an opportunity for managers to nominate teams and individuals who have excelled at work. The selection criteria is linked to Aster's strategy and its values. In particular nominators need to highlight colleague's strong customer focus, positive behaviour, sustained performance and contribution to Aster's strategy. The Group Chief Executive selects a short-list and those colleagues are invited to an Executive Board lunch where the winners are announced: one individual and one team. The prize is £2,500, which the winners can spend on a memorable experience. This recognition process is widely communicated across Aster, and in 2016 they received their highest number of nominations since the award began. Research was conducted in June 2015 to gain feedback from previous winners and runners up. The positive feedback evidenced that the award, process and experience were delivering what they were set out to; to recognise and reward colleagues for their great work.

My Team

84% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

Aster's internal training offer via The Academy provides a comprehensive range of short training courses that are open to all employees. Much of the training is delivered by Internal Trainers. They have at least 40 active trainers at any one time. They support this group by providing the necessary skills training. In addition their team of internal coaches are there to provide coaching to any individual that requires it. This team went through rigorous selection and training and keep their skills up to date. This year 38 individuals have had coaching sessions. The company have run mentoring workshops and provide a mentor/mentee workbook for those that wish to pursue a mentoring relationship. Their internal L&D team are available to support team development needs across the business, and last year supported 35 team events, by either facilitating events or advising managers on options. This kind of support is critical for a business such as Aster's where there have been large-scale changes to teams and ways of working. The L&D team have access to a range of tools to support these kind of events, such as Belbins Self-Perception Inventory and Insights Colour model. Their annual apprentice programme allows them to bring up to 12 young people into the business each year. They work with managers to make sure their skills are retained by the business. This programme has been running since 2010 and is now well-embedded into what they do.

My Manager

81% of staff agreed

My manager regularly expresses their appreciation when I do a good job

Aster's internal training offer via The Academy provides a comprehensive range of short training courses that are open to all employees. Much of the training is delivered by Internal Trainers. They have at least 40 active trainers at any one time. They support this group by providing the necessary skills training. In addition their team of internal coaches are there to provide coaching to any individual that requires it. This team went through rigorous selection and training and keep their skills up to date. This year 38 individuals have had coaching sessions. The company have run mentoring workshops and provide a mentor/mentee workbook for those that wish to pursue a mentoring relationship. Their internal L&D team are available to support team development needs across the business, and last year supported 35 team events, by either facilitating events or advising managers on options. This kind of support is critical for a business such as Aster's where there have been large-scale changes to teams and ways of working. The L&D team have access to a range of tools to support these kind of events, such as Belbins Self-Perception Inventory and Insights Colour model. Their annual apprentice programme allows them to bring up to 12 young people into the business each year. They work with managers to make sure their skills are retained by the business. This programme has been running since 2010 and is now well-embedded into what they do.

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Employees earning £35k+
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Companies offering a final salary scheme to all employees, or one in which the employer's contribution is at least 5%.

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