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Giving Something Back

49% of staff agreed

I am happy with the pay and benefits I receive in this job

A local charity of the year is chosen by the Ombudsman Services employees. The local charity the organisation is supporting this year is the Shannon Bradshaw Trust. Events in aid of the charity that have taken place in 2016 include a football fun day, a walking challenge and dress down days. Ombudsman Services also encourage staff to take individual leadership roles in the community, such as being a school governor. Teams have supported local charities such as a RSPCA site that needed some outside maintenance and decorating. Ombudsman Services is also committed to fair treatment of its employees, potential employees and service users. They actively promote equal opportunity for all with the right mix of skills, knowledge and talent and welcomes applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records.

My Manager

87% of staff agreed

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

Ombudsman Services employees are invited annually to vote for a local charity and have the opportunity to volunteer to be part of the charity crew with all areas of the business represented. One of the activities for the crew in 2016 was to organise a group to take part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge. Later in the year the crew organised a Christmas fair. Throughout the year they encourage friendly team competition by running desk decorating challenges, with prizes including a meal out for the whole team. Also, Ombudsman Services foster team spirit through initiatives like ‘Women in the Workplace', taking part in Pride and running informal ‘Meet the Exec' sessions. Their employee voice group Novus works across the organisation with business leaders to support the cascade of information and gain consensus on key topics. The group played a pivotal role in the engagement of colleagues with the 2014/15 office move and are now working on consultation about supporting better attendance management and a wellbeing programme. Finally, there is the sports and social team who coordinate activities, including regular football sessions and an annual Halloween quiz.

My Team

70% of staff agreed

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

There is an overall programme to support and develop Ombudsman Services Managers to be at their best. This programme includes refresher training sessions, as prior to mid-year reviews taking place a programme was provided for Managers focusing on the preparation and delivery of the review meeting, including dealing with challenges from employees. Managers also have access to online learning. This contains e-learning modules, guides and checklists around ‘Performance & Development', ‘Coaching & Mentoring' and ‘Managing People'. One to one coaching is provided to Managers using both internal and external coaches. An internal accreditation is awarded to those Managers consistently demonstrating effective coaching and observation is continued on a less regular basis to encourage maintenance of standards. Mentoring is supported within the organisation and a number of Managers have an internal mentor as part of their development. Objectives are set at the beginning of the year and are a basis for gauging progress and performance. Managers have a monthly conversation with their own Manager to discuss progress against their objectives and general wellbeing. Regular observations of one to one's and coaching sessions with team members also take place, with feedback and suggestions for development being provided to all Managers.

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