Look Ahead Housing & Care Ltd

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WHEN ASKED TO explain why Look Ahead is a Best Company to Work For, the organisation handed over to staff. Many of the comments that followed focused on the way employees are able to work their way up the career ladder. One said they had previously spent 12 years doing the same care work day in, day out, whereas at Look Ahead they had been promoted three times within five years. Another described how staff who are determined to progress receive plenty of support. On average, employees receive 128 hours a year of formal training, with the organisation spending about £650 on each of them. Staff are encouraged to apply for sponsorship from Look Ahead to obtain professional qualifications, with past examples including a master's degree in housing or a Higher National Diploma (HND) in building surveying. But they have also been allowed to take time off for non work-related training, ranging from study for a degree in counselling and social work to attending acting classes. Employees give the highest factor score for Personal Growth overall, awarding a positive 74% rating, a top 20 ranking. They say the experience they gain from the job is valuable for their future (81%, a score bettered by just 11 others), work is stimulating (76%), and the training they receive is of great benefit to them (72%). People are not bored with the job (74%) and feel they can make a difference in the organisation (80%). Look Ahead was set up in 1973 by Mary Jones, a senior civil servant who had just retired from what was then the health and social security department, and a group of like-minded individuals who saw a lack of good-quality, cheap accommodation for single people on low incomes. Today the organisation supports 3,500 people across London and the southeast who might otherwise be living on the streets. Team-building exercises have included a picnic in Kensington Gardens, boating in Poole harbour and building a stand at the Chelsea Flower Show, where staff met the Queen. People go out of their way for each other (79%), teams feel like family (74%) and colleagues are fun to work with (81%). lookahead.org.uk

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92% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

Look Ahead provides a subsidised healthcare benefit, free to all staff through Healthshield's Look Ahead's health care scheme. A confidential helpline is available within this scheme with first Assist. Look Ahead also proves AXA PPP PMI at a discounted corporate rate. Staff may include within their package a biennial health screen with Nuffield. Look Ahead provides trauma counselling to staff who may have been exposed to highly stressful customer situations. Articles are regularly posted on their intranet to support/provide advice on employees' wellbeing and deliver initiatives on healthy living. Look Ahead employs its own Health & Wellbeing Coordinator who provides healthy living & exercise advice to their staff, including individual consultation and drafting of individual health, wellbeing and fitness programmes.

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88% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Look Ahead provides a subsidised healthcare benefit, free to all staff through Healthshield's Look Ahead's health care scheme. A confidential helpline is available within this scheme with first Assist. Look Ahead also proves AXA PPP PMI at a discounted corporate rate. Staff may include within their package a biennial health screen with Nuffield. Look Ahead provides trauma counselling to staff who may have been exposed to highly stressful customer situations. Articles are regularly posted on their intranet to support/provide advice on employees' wellbeing and deliver initiatives on healthy living. Look Ahead employs its own Health & Wellbeing Coordinator who provides healthy living & exercise advice to their staff, including individual consultation and drafting of individual health, wellbeing and fitness programmes.

Personal Growth

89% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Look Ahead provides a subsidised healthcare benefit, free to all staff through Healthshield's Look Ahead's health care scheme. A confidential helpline is available within this scheme with first Assist. Look Ahead also proves AXA PPP PMI at a discounted corporate rate. Staff may include within their package a biennial health screen with Nuffield. Look Ahead provides trauma counselling to staff who may have been exposed to highly stressful customer situations. Articles are regularly posted on their intranet to support/provide advice on employees' wellbeing and deliver initiatives on healthy living. Look Ahead employs its own Health & Wellbeing Coordinator who provides healthy living & exercise advice to their staff, including individual consultation and drafting of individual health, wellbeing and fitness programmes.

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Employees earning £35k+
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