Ocean Holidays

We have a proven track record of excellence in providing customers with the best holidays, best value for money and the best customer service we possibly can.

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Ocean Holidays began life with a handful of staff and no website – Teletext was its only form of marketing. Today the company has more than 130 staff and offices in London and Florida.

Ocean was started in 2004 by two sets of brothers: Daniel and David Ox, and George and Harry Hastings. All are still active in the business.

Harry, who is co-chief executive, hosted a bi-weekly virtual town hall for all staff during the pandemic. He and the Head of People answered questions no matter how awkward or sensitive. The Slido app allowed employees to put their questions anonymously.

Based on feedback, more flexible working and a mix of home and office working were implemented.

Also, Ocean Holidays published a fortnightly newsletter that included information on everything from mental wellbeing to mortgage holidays, plus colleagues' birthdays and trading updates.

The founders aim to help staff to thrive, both in and out of work, thanks to Ocean Holidays' guiding principles: creativity and innovation, teamwork and leadership, accountability, honesty and integrity.

The company has three brands: Ocean Florida, the largest direct-to-consumer Florida specialist of its kind in Europe; Winged Boots which focuses on luxury leisure and business travel; and Ocean Beds, the largest provider of Florida vacation home rentals to the global travel trade.

The US office is at the heart of the action in Kissimmee, just a short drive from Walt Disney World.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Manager

86% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

The Ocean Academy, created during the first lockdown, uses video, blogs, digital learning and other resources to train managers in remote leading, employee wellbeing and leadership development. Before the pandemic, Ocean's senior team used the Situational Leadership development model. All employees develop two areas of competence annually.

My Company

84% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team

On Friday, November 13, the directors sent a fruit basket to each member of staff in the UK and America to break the stigma of the “unlucky” day, and to thank the team for their hard work during the pandemic.

Giving Something Back

55% of staff agreed

I feel I receive fair pay for the responsibilities I have in my job

Ocean Holidays maintained its support for Haven House Children's Hospice despite the pandemic. One staff member's eight-year-old son contributed more than £800 by doing an 8km run. Other fundraising events included Facebook Live DJ sets and a raffle with prizes including a Florida holiday and Champneys spa weekends

Benefits

Long Service

Companies where at least 40% of the staff have worked there for more than five years.

Private Healthcare

Companies offering private health insurance to all employees.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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