Homebase Limited

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http://www.homebase.co.uk

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TOGETHERNESS IS AN important part of life at this retailer — one of Homebase's core principles is “we succeed through teamwork”. Staff agree: they say their colleagues are fun to be around (a 77% positive score) and that people in their teams go out of the way to help one another (75%). Two-thirds of employees are part-time, doing an average of 14 hours a week in Homebase stores. They believe they can make a valuable contribution to the success of the organisation (79%), which last made an appearance on our Big list in 2012. The flexible approach extends all the way up the ranks: a total of 67 managers — almost 6% — are also part-time. Senior leaders truly live the values of this organisation (61%), which is based in Milton Keynes. Compressed hours and days, and career breaks, are offered to staff, who can take up to 18 weeks of unpaid parental leave. Employees do not think they are spending too much time working (66%, only one other big company in our survey scored higher) and are happy with the balance between their work and home lives (also 66%, and ranking seventh). The organisation's core values, including putting customers first, are reinforced in a number of ways. An annual awards dinner recognises great customer service and staff performance, and there are regular “MAD” (I make a difference) rewards for individuals and teams who represent the company's values. Homebase employees use social network Yammer, which allows them to connect with one another online and share pictures, videos and ideas. Executives host discussions, known as “yamjams”, on topics that are considered to be important to the business. These initiatives have helped break down communication barriers at the company, say bosses. The firm has also introduced a series of regional forums which allow employees to pitch their ideas to senior leaders for their consideration. Theyse are lighthearted, and have included a Dragons' Den theme and fancy dress. People agree that managers talk openly and honestly with them (76%), sharing important knowledge and information (69%). www.homebase.co.uk

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86% of staff agreed

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

Managers are given simple to use performance setting template and guidelines to take their teams through. Each of the leadership team go through the business objectives at the start of the year to enable them to intergrate them into their planning for the year. Managers attend regular leadership away days to understand where the business is going and what is needed to get there. Each business area and region have their own deciaded HR teams that work with them through out the year to plan. Some departments have quartlerly people surveys to sense check where they are in terms of plans. With the help of the HR team managers are given guidelines and help to conduct team plans, including succession planning. The exec have set out their stall in terms of what they expect from their management team and have worked together to bring it to life.

My Team

84% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Managers are given simple to use performance setting template and guidelines to take their teams through. Each of the leadership team go through the business objectives at the start of the year to enable them to intergrate them into their planning for the year. Managers attend regular leadership away days to understand where the business is going and what is needed to get there. Each business area and region have their own deciaded HR teams that work with them through out the year to plan. Some departments have quartlerly people surveys to sense check where they are in terms of plans. With the help of the HR team managers are given guidelines and help to conduct team plans, including succession planning. The exec have set out their stall in terms of what they expect from their management team and have worked together to bring it to life.

Giving Something Back

82% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Wellbeing in Homebase is part of their core beliefs system, they place high value on the work the wellbeing team do to ensure the golden thread of wellbeing continues through the business. Their dedicated wellbeing and support leadership group, focus on developing new and existing programmes to engage their colleagues, including free flu injections in the contact centre this winter. They also have working parties for charitable giving, volunteering and talent and skills in the community, as Homebase have recognised that involvement in activities across these three other areas has a significant impact on the wider wellbeing of colleagues, in addition to the practical financial and physical package of benefits they provide. Their approach therefore is to promote and communicate opportunities for colleagues to get involved in one or more of these areas. This kind of involvement helps colleagues develop personally, gives them a feeling of pride about working for Homebase. It also improves team morale and generally helps to create a better sense of wellbeing in the workplace and in their personal lives. The biggest goal is to recruit 30,000 Dementia Friends from across the business who will benefit from an awareness raising session to develop a better understanding of people with dementia, as part of their partnership with the Alzheimer's Society. Homebase know many of their colleagues have family members with Dementia and want as many of their colleagues to be able to support each other, but it will also be a valuable and transferable skill for their families futures.

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Employees earning £35k+
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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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