Novatech

With over 30 years' experience in the industry, we’re one of the largest retailers of computer products in the UK.
http://www.novatech.co.uk

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When the pandemic sent demand for computer hardware and services soaring, Novatech's response was to communicate, communicate … and communicate some more.

The specialist manufacturer is also one of the UK's leading mail-order tech parts retailers, and has a store at its headquarters in Portsmouth.

Regular staff surveys helped Novatech to shape its pandemic strategy and provide particular support for teams that struggled because of the heavier workload.

It set up weekly “wellbeing info bytes”, providing advice on topics such as how to manage stress and finances, and increased the proportion of mental health first aiders in the team to 10%. The CEO sent daily email updates and directors started quarterly get-togethers to gather more feedback.

Mental health is a cause close to the heart of Novatech and its 200-plus staff, who voted for Solent Mind to be their latest charity of the year. Other good causes supported include Portsmouth Foodbank and Friends Fighting Cancer.

Novatech recently signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant, which commits it to support veterans and their families, including through employment opportunities.

The company, founded more than three decades ago, has worked for leading names in the defence and marine industries, as well as schools, universities and businesses.

Novatech also serves the gaming community and computer enthusiasts. The atmosphere in the office is relaxed, with music playing. Staff can take a break from work on pool or table tennis tables, or on high-end gaming PCs. A refer-a-friend scheme has boosted recruitment.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Manager

87% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

Novatech's management team have been on a four-month journey – with Insights Discovery sessions, one-to-one coaching and accountability/feedback sessions – to open up new ways of working together and drive the business forward. The team are also working on their personal development plans to ensure there is ongoing development.

My Company

85% of staff agreed

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

Novatech has introduced STAR awards, random acts of appreciation for members of the team that have gone above and beyond. Anyone can put forward an individual or a team. Winners receive a gift card and a letter to celebrate their achievements.

My Team

86% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Social events, such as gin tasting, continued virtually during the pandemic. Teams were provided with social allowances to spend on doing something fun together – some shared takeaways remotely. At Christmas, teams made short videos for advent lotto, with a different one watched each day.

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