Cadwyn Housing Association

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WHITE WATER RAFTING, paintballing, a Masterchef-style sushi cooking event and a mini-Olympics group fitness challenge — followed by a relaxing spa session — were all on offer at Cadwyn Housing Association's annual employee awayday. Social events at this Cardiff-based body range from barbecues and Christmas parties to band nights and skittle contests, which doubtless helped it achieve a positive score of 80% for colleagues being fun. Workers go out of their way and care for each other (both 77%). The small association, which offers staff perks that include the opportunity to buy and sell annual leave, onsite massages and the free use of pool bikes, scores 61% for giving staff a Fair Deal. Housing officers, who get a basic salary just short of £25,000, are among the four-fifths of the 106-strong workforce who earn between £15,000 and £35,000, and people are satisfied with their remuneration package (65%). They think their pay is commensurate with the responsibilities they have in their job (61%, 25th place). Last year the housing association set up a health and wellbeing group with initiatives ranging from hypnotherapy sessions for staff trying to quit smoking to lunchtime Pilates. Stress levels are low and people don't feel under too much pressure to perform well (67%). www.cadwyn.co.uk

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91% of staff agreed

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

Chris is a natural leader as Cadwyn's previous Best Companies results have shown. As the leader of the organisation she operates in an open, fair and honest way and is hard working and focused on doing the right thing for tenants and employees. She adapts her leadership style to meet the needs of those she works with, providing intellectual stimulation and encouragement for people to develop. She uses a mentoring and coaching approach to empower people to make decisions and take responsibility for their decisions and actions. She has the ability to inspire people to want to make a difference and exceed customer expectations. This is important in the environment and climate Cadwyn are currently working in as resources are more limited and the business is relying on employees to do more with less. Chris has high energy levels and a drive for new projects and is willing to take risks and be accountable when things go wrong and she is not afraid to hold her hand up and say when they do. Chris encourages and maintains a no blame culture by reinforcing this in her language and behaviours. She is passionate about people, improving the lives of the people and has strong values which permeates the culture of the organisation. People enjoy working for Chris as she is truly inspirational, she never complains, is interested in employees and their lives and shares with employees the importance of what they do as an organisation.

Leadership

87% of staff agreed

The leader of this organisation runs this organisation based on sound moral principles

Chris is a natural leader as Cadwyn's previous Best Companies results have shown. As the leader of the organisation she operates in an open, fair and honest way and is hard working and focused on doing the right thing for tenants and employees. She adapts her leadership style to meet the needs of those she works with, providing intellectual stimulation and encouragement for people to develop. She uses a mentoring and coaching approach to empower people to make decisions and take responsibility for their decisions and actions. She has the ability to inspire people to want to make a difference and exceed customer expectations. This is important in the environment and climate Cadwyn are currently working in as resources are more limited and the business is relying on employees to do more with less. Chris has high energy levels and a drive for new projects and is willing to take risks and be accountable when things go wrong and she is not afraid to hold her hand up and say when they do. Chris encourages and maintains a no blame culture by reinforcing this in her language and behaviours. She is passionate about people, improving the lives of the people and has strong values which permeates the culture of the organisation. People enjoy working for Chris as she is truly inspirational, she never complains, is interested in employees and their lives and shares with employees the importance of what they do as an organisation.

My Team

84% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Every year Cadwyn get all of their employees together in one room and at the same time to have fun, meet work colleagues, celebrate the organisations achievements during the year, and hear the key priorities to focus on over the next 6 months. Employees spend a lot of time together and often work in pressurised environments/roles. Being able to have fun with work colleagues helps them to relax and have time out together. Cadwyn incorporate icebreakers/exercises into the day to provide them with an opportunity to get to know new colleagues/ones they do not interact with often by getting to know their interests - their favourite music, films, and hobbies. It also helps to build on the existing relationships they have with the ones they work closely with. Sharing these positive experiences helps remove the traditional barriers; perceptions about each other, tensions that can arise between teams etc. Their employees love to be asked their opinions, so the afternoon event is dedicated to spending time having fun doing teambuilding activities. Employees are asked how they would like to spend the afternoon, and the top 3/4 activities are chosen. Activities chosen are designed to reflect the diversity of their employees from the very competitive, those that like to do something calm and relaxing, ones that challenge the mind, take people out of their comfort zones etc. For examples last year they did dragon boating and canoeing, mini master chef learning to make sushi, mini Olympics with a pampering session or paintballing.

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Employees earning £35k+
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