Harvest Housing Group

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http://www.harvesthousing.org.uk

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HARVEST IS COMMITTED to turning homes and neighbourhoods into places where people want to live and choose to stay. The charity, established in 1963, provides more than 18,000 affordable homes, neighbourhood services, extra care for older people and staff accommodation for NHS trusts. Employees love working for Harvest and think it makes a real difference, winning it positive scores of 76% and 74% in our satisfaction survey. Based across 70 sites in the northwest, the staff go out of their way to provide a great service (90%). People at the Manchester-based social landlord, which also delivers private finance initiative (PFI) housing schemes, are happy with their pay and benefits (67%) and their positive scores to questions in our Fair Deal category ranked the charity 26th. The 670 employees are eligible for generous maternity and paternity pay, options to buy and sell holidays, access to discounts, a choice of three pension schemes, including a final-salary scheme, and a fully-funded health package that provides benefits such as dental, optical, specialist consultations, MRI scans and 24-hour counselling. The average salary of staff administrators is £19,000 and they are among 41% of workers who earn between £15,000 and £25,000 a year. Employees feel fairly rewarded for the work they do relative to people in similar roles in other organisations (65%, a top 20 result). The Harvest cream of the crop award scheme recognises outstanding achievement and contributions from individuals while the group that demonstrates true team spirit through working together can win £100 and a trophy. Staff go out of their way to help each other (79%) and feel a strong sense of family in their team (74%). This camaraderie is further strengthened by an annual conference and staff party in December. Flexible working policies, which allow staff to do the school run, attend medical appointments or go to the gym, helps them establish a good balance between work and home life (73%, a top 20 result). The fact that meetings do not start before 10am or after 4pm and none are held on Fridays also helps staff meet their domestic obligations (72%). Employees can accrue time and take up to 12 additional days' leave per year which contributes to the feeling that they are not spending too much time at work (62%). Directors make sure people know the key business objectives. This, and the firm's training programme, which staff say benefits them (68%), means they know exactly what is expected of them (77%). They also say they are not bored (75%) and everyone is treated fairly (68%). Employees believe that managers would respond quickly if staff showed signs of being under too much pressure (72%) and say their health is not suffering because of work (78%). harvesthousing.org.uk

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86% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

Harvest realise that there are many ways to reward employees for their efforts and have a number of financial and non financial schemes in place. They have a policy of paying in the upper quartile across the organisation and carry out salary benchmarking activities to ensure this is maintained. Their pension scheme provide choice and Harvest make substantial contributions on behalf of employees into this scheme. They also provide a Health Sure Scheme which is non- contributory for all staff and they provide enhanced maternity, paternity and sickness benefits and leave.

My Team

86% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Harvest firmly believe that employee wellbeing is enhanced through good leadership, clarity of purpose, fairness and support in balancing work life. They recognise that Harvest is a busy place to work and that it is important that they have the time to do other jobs and still enjoy a healthy work-life balance. The company pays for all employees and their families' to have access to reduced healthcare benefits, for dentistry, optical, and specialist consultations and much more. There are also arrangements in place for counselling and support covers stress counselling, legal, debt and household emergency advice.

Leadership

80% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Harvest employ Neighbourhood Support Officers whose key role is support, promote and maximise the effectiveness of local community services and projects. Since 2007 Environmental Sustainability has been one of the 6 key business objectives for Harvest, placing environmental issues high on the agenda of every member of staff. Objectives are cascaded down through the performance management system allowing them to dedicate staff time to environmental issues and tap into widespread goodwill.

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