One Vision Housing

http://www.ovh.org.uk/

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STAFF CLEARLY SEE eye-to-eye with One Vision Housing, the best not-for-profit organisation to work for in the UK for the second consecutive year. Scooping 66 top scores out of a possible 70 and ranking second on the other four questions, the social housing provider, based in Bootle, Merseyside, could not be matched for levels of staff satisfaction by any other organisation in the competition regardless of size, with 28 points separating it from the nearest rival. One Vision also ranks first among mid-size organisations in all eight of the key categories, from Leadership, Wellbeing, Personal Growth and Giving Something Back to how its 448 workers feel about their colleagues and bosses (My Team and My Manager), the organisation itself (My Company) and their remuneration package (Fair Deal). Staff have a great deal of faith in Roy Williams, the chief executive, scoring 94% positive. They tell us they are proud to work for One Vision (93%). “We recognise that any organisation is only as good as the people it employs and can only achieve through its employees,” says Williams, who inspires his staff (91%). Formed in October 2006 following a stock transfer from Sefton Council, One Vison Housing has invested £300m in its 11,700 homes in the last seven years, started building properties and brought services in-house, creating jobs. Employees say they wouldn't leave tomorrow even if they were offered another role (86%). Almost 60% earn between £15,000 and £25,000 a year. “You feel very valued,” says Ann Owens, the resident involvement manager, who, at 62, is going on a leadership course. Like many, she finds her job good for her personal growth (90%). A quarter of staff have clocked up at least five years' service, and sickness rates are low, at less than 2%. “We reap what we sow,” says Williams.

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My Company

98% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

A key element of the staff induction process is a meeting with Roy Williams, the Chief Executive of One Vision Housing. Every new starters meets with Roy and this helps to establish the culture within One Vision Housing which is open and aimed at making people feel valued from day one. Another distinctive thing about Roy is how front-facing he is. He holds regular staff briefings in which he will address all staff and update them on key information from across the business. Roy is extremely personable and approachable and there is no feeling of elitism. Roy is also careful to ensure that there is no feeling of hierarchy when it comes to him and his senior management team. He chairs the Staff Group where employees are trusted to make decisions which have an impact on the rest of the organisation. More than anything, Roy is extremely passionate about what he does. When he says that he has some of the most talented staff in the sector, staff believe it. Staff feed off his enthuiasm, trust him for his guidance and admire his candidness.

Giving Something Back

98% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Managers implement their team action plans to support the achievement of the company goals and have team away days to set the direction of the team. Each individual in the company has actions that link to the Corporate Plan and Service Delivery plans, encouarging them to take responsibility for the achievement of these goals.

Leadership

97% of staff agreed

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

A key element of the staff induction process is a meeting with Roy Williams, the Chief Executive of One Vision Housing. Every new starters meets with Roy and this helps to establish the culture within One Vision Housing which is open and aimed at making people feel valued from day one. Another distinctive thing about Roy is how front-facing he is. He holds regular staff briefings in which he will address all staff and update them on key information from across the business. Roy is extremely personable and approachable and there is no feeling of elitism. Roy is also careful to ensure that there is no feeling of hierarchy when it comes to him and his senior management team. He chairs the Staff Group where employees are trusted to make decisions which have an impact on the rest of the organisation. More than anything, Roy is extremely passionate about what he does. When he says that he has some of the most talented staff in the sector, staff believe it. Staff feed off his enthuiasm, trust him for his guidance and admire his candidness.

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Holidays

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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