Thrive Homes

Owning and managing around 5,000 homes, we’re a professional landlord and property manager creating quality homes where people enjoy living.

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Social housing may not be immediately associated with Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire, but Thrive Homes knows the market well. The mid-size company owns and manages around 5,000 homes in those counties with a portfolio of social and affordable rent, shared ownership, intermediate rent, leasehold and private market rent.

It believes that having a decent home and employment opportunities promotes a sense of self-worth and is the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life. Thrive describes itself as having a “social purpose” and its employees enjoy serving the community. Through their volunteering programme, they offer their time and expertise to local projects and charities.

Working as a team is an important element of the job and staff are encouraged to embrace diversity, share positive stories and think differently. As a member of the Mindful Employer scheme, Thrive Homes is committed to creating a supportive, open culture in which colleagues feel able to talk about mental health confidently.

The company, which was established in 2008 and is based in Hemel Hempstead, offers opportunities for career development and the flexibility to work from home. Benefits include a pension scheme, life assurance, gym and shopping discounts, and massage days.

It achieved Planet Mark certification in 2019 for showing good practice in sustainability by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders. In the same year, it was shortlisted in two categories at the Women in Housing Awards.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

91% of staff agreed

My manager cares about how satisfied I am in my job

Thrive Homes switched quickly to being a remote business last March. The Chief Executive, Elspeth Mackenzie, took to the internal social network OneThrive to provide business updates and advice on public health guidelines. Workplace by Facebook was also used to keep staff informed.

Personal Growth

83% of staff agreed

I love working for this organisation

The Lumina Spark programme is used to develop people's understanding of themselves and others. It provides tools to constructively share, challenge, debate and give feedback, and to enhance emotional intelligence when interacting with colleagues and customers. Managers draw on its insights in the growth of their teams.

My Team

75% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

Inspired by a two-minute video from New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, managers took part in a 15-second challenge, #PrideinThrive. Each of them filmed themselves talking about what they were most proud of and grateful for. The clips were posted on the firm's internal social network.

Benefits

Holidays

Companies offering a minimum of 26 days annual leave to all employees.

Pensions

Companies offering a final salary scheme to all employees, or one in which the employer's contribution is at least 5%.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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