The Clinton Devon Estates

http://www.clintondevon.com

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HIMALAYAN BALSAM is, as its name indicates, not native to south west England, so staff at Clinton Devon Estates recently joined dozens of their neighbours to pull out the troublesome weed along a 16-mile stretch of riverbank. This is just a part of a new environmental programme at the rural property management firm, which employees feel makes a positive difference to the world (giving a top-four positive score of 89%). The East Budleigh-based firm manages 25,000 acres of Devon land for public access, sports, farming and forestry, and also provides housing for 1,500 people and premises for 100 businesses. Its employees give the family business/trust its best scores for Giving Something Back (83%). The workforce feels that the organisation genuinely cares about the environment (90%) and does a lot to protect it (88%), such as rolling out a “green energy approach”, using wood fuel to heat buildings and installing solar power for its business tenants. Staff can take advantage of the cycle-to-work scheme or even ride to work by horse, thanks to stabling facilities. The estates also care for 3,000 acres of Triassic-period pebblebed heaths, a rare geological formation, running visits for local schoolchildren. Perks such as a brace of pheasants at Christmas and an annual summer party stop work feeling boring (88%). More than half of employees have been there for at least five years and the estates even recognise 50 years of service, with the most recent presentation in 2012. The average age of employees is 47, but innovative ideas are welcome, and staff are offered informal meetings — known as “skip sessions”, to skip layers of management — with the estate director, John Varley. Astonishingly, many people have never had a bad day at work here (52% positive, a top-five score), and a large majority have no plans to leave tomorrow (88%). www.clintondevon.com

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98% of staff agreed

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

The organisation looks after and manages 3,000 acres of Triassic Pebblebed Heaths which enables over 500,000 visits a year by the local community at no cost to them. They gave over 270 local school children a chance to visit the Heaths and learn about its "240 million year old Triassic past", even meeting their own 240 million year old Triassic repile - the Rhynchosaurus! They also use wood fuel to heat their office and they are rolling out this green energy approach to other buildings this year. They have installed a 50kw solar PV array next to one of their business parks to encourage use of solar power by their business tenants and they have just applied to install a 4 mega watt scheme next to a larger business park in Exmouth to power all the businesses with renewable energy. They also provide "ride to work stabling" at Bicton Arena for employees who wish to travel to work by horse.

Leadership

96% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

The organisation hosts "Skip Sessions" - i.e. skipping layers of management where each quarter five employees meet informally with the leader of the organisation for a two hour session where anything can be discussed and ideas and thoughts on how to improve the way they work can be put on the table and discussed. The only rules are that those attending may not discuss anyone not present and there are no formal minutes but the Director takes away the key un-attributable messages and ensures that they are followed up.

Giving Something Back

94% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

The organisation seeks to reward employees in various ways. They arrange dinner or lunch with a family member from the Estate's owners, which provides an opportunity to say "thank you" personally and for the employee to feel appreciated. Employees receive recognition for years of service by receiving a certificate and gift presented by Lord Clinton and the Estates Director after 10, 20, 25, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years. Our last 50 year certificate was in April 2012; our next will be in 8 years' time.

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