North Star Housing Group Limited

http://www.northstarhg.co.uk

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This small housing group is a star of North East England, uniting two smaller housing associations, Teesdale and Endeavour. It has 111 people who get a very Fair Deal (its highest-ranked factor). The bulk of staffers earn between £15,001 and £35,000 a year, which feels fair for the sector (80%) and for their responsibilities (76%). Other perks at the group based in Stockton-on-Tees are at least 29 days of annual paid leave, a car allowance and loans, and people feel happy (82%).

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Giving Something Back

98% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

During the last year North Star have involved all staff in the launch of new services and initiatives including new ways of capturing feedback, their new maintenance services, their approach to value for money, invited all staff to their 40th year celebrations, designed, developed and delivered their Leading and Growing Staff conference with another planned for October 2014. During Octobers event staff will help them to further refine their strategy, funded an annual xmas event and use this occasion to present their “ Staff Oscars”. Staff were nominated by their peers and winners receive an Oscar and a prize. The team of the year receives £200 to organise an event to celebrate their success. The business closes for this celebration, provided £200 per team to enable staff to host lunchtime social events. The first one took place in June and was really well attended with around 80% of the organisation taking part in a “ pub themed “ event with pie and peas and a pub quiz. They also raised £200 for charity. Staff from dispersed offices hosted their own event and connected to the main event via video link, supported the staff nominated charity of the year including the hosting of a big lunch which raised £300.

My Team

96% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

During the last year North Star have involved all staff in the launch of new services and initiatives including new ways of capturing feedback, their new maintenance services, their approach to value for money, invited all staff to their 40th year celebrations, designed, developed and delivered their Leading and Growing Staff conference with another planned for October 2014. During Octobers event staff will help them to further refine their strategy, funded an annual xmas event and use this occasion to present their “ Staff Oscars”. Staff were nominated by their peers and winners receive an Oscar and a prize. The team of the year receives £200 to organise an event to celebrate their success. The business closes for this celebration, provided £200 per team to enable staff to host lunchtime social events. The first one took place in June and was really well attended with around 80% of the organisation taking part in a “ pub themed “ event with pie and peas and a pub quiz. They also raised £200 for charity. Staff from dispersed offices hosted their own event and connected to the main event via video link, supported the staff nominated charity of the year including the hosting of a big lunch which raised £300.

My Company

96% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

The senior team are visible, proactive and committed to developing behaviour of good leadership within the organisation. They are role models for their values of collaboration, flexibility, integrity, professionalism and ambition. They show evidence of this by operating an “ open door “ policy so that they are easy to access, avoiding e mail wherever possible and walk the floor as a way of being visible and human within the business, stopping to chat to people about their families and the work that they are doing. This helps them to understand what is going on for people, attending every team meeting twice a year and do not go with an agenda but simply ask staff to be prepared to tell them what they would do if they were boss for a day and be ready to ask anything. They have not been short of any suggestions or questions sponsoring every cross functional project team. This helps them to remain engaged and enables a wide variety of staff to come into contact with and work with them, participate in all social and charitable events, coaching staff as a way of helping them attain or embed new skills, mentoring junior members of staff, being curious and interested in the business and the people who work within it and being authentic.

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Holidays

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Pensions

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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