ghd

We’re a manufacturer of hair care products, with one purpose in mind: to empower all women so they can fulfil their every ambition.
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http://www.ghdhair.com

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Cult British hair tool brand ghd gave its employees a welcome lift during lockdown with regular wellbeing gifts and a £500 Covid payment to spend on whatever they wished from increased utility bills to office equipment or something make them feel good. It also introduced a wellbeing strategy and encouraged staff to get involved in team events, including a UK quiz.

The innovative company has been transforming lives with the power of a Good Hair Day for the past 20 years and its styling products are now used by 250,000 hairdressers around the world and sold in more than 30 countries.

The brand was launched in 2001 by three men from Yorkshire with the original ghd styler. The endorsement of a nationwide army of stylists showed how every day had the potential to be a good hair day for millions of women.

Merging science and innovation, with luxury beauty and style, London-based ghd, which also has offices in Cambridge and Leeds, has won more than 300 beauty awards for its ground-breaking tools which include hairdryers, hot brushes hair straighteners and curling wands.

During the pandemic the private company had to embrace communication tools to help it stay connected to its team in ways you can't get through email.

A can-do attitude, the company culture of fostering creativity and allowing everyone to play their part, has resulted in growth in sales, despite the closure of hair salons and shops.

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Personal Growth

70% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

It was paramount for the company to maintain a regular training rhythm during the pandemic and digital learning made sessions more flexible. The company ran an onboarding session with the education team to allow new starters to understand better the history, culture and products.

Wellbeing

55% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

The firm also increased the frequency of 1-1 catch ups, introduced a virtual Covid hub with key information on mental health and wellbeing including managing yourself and others and it also launched a Facebook page to share additional social activity.

Giving Something Back

49% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

For 16 years ghd has supported Breast Cancer Charities globally and has helped raise $20 million through annual limited-edition collections and awareness campaigns. It no longer uses silica gel within its supply chain, replacing it with a non-toxic, chemical free and is fully biodegradable.

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70% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

It was paramount for the company to maintain a regular training rhythm during the pandemic and digital learning made sessions more flexible. The company ran an onboarding session with the education team to allow new starters to understand better the history, culture and products.

Wellbeing
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55% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

The firm also increased the frequency of 1-1 catch ups, introduced a virtual Covid hub with key information on mental health and wellbeing including managing yourself and others and it also launched a Facebook page to share additional social activity.

Giving Something Back
96%

49% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

For 16 years ghd has supported Breast Cancer Charities globally and has helped raise $20 million through annual limited-edition collections and awareness campaigns. It no longer uses silica gel within its supply chain, replacing it with a non-toxic, chemical free and is fully biodegradable.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2001
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
34
Employee average age
29% : 71%
Male : Female employee ratio
44%
Employees earning £35k+
18%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
Quote from the top...
“I’m incredibly proud that our team have achieved the One To Watch Best Companies Accreditation. Through what has been the most challenging of years, testing us all, this team has continued to grow and flourish. We are a small team, in a flat structure, where its possible for all to be influencers and contribute. Even more so during these times of high stress and change. The team have been extremely efficient in adapting to changes brought on by the Pandemic and from ghd there has been a good level of support and focus on our employees wellbeing. Incredibly proud of this achievement as we continue our employee engagement journey.”

Kate Burn, Director of People - ghd

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