West Oxfordshire District Council

Officially a Very Good
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Practices The council has a suggestion and innovation scheme called Eureka that gives cash awards for efficiency savings. It also awards honoraria payments for one-off achievements. The chief executive regularly praises staff for achievements in his “chief brief”. The council allows charities to use its rooms and facilities free. They include the Red Cross, which gives lessons in skin camouflage to people with facial disfigurements. The chief executive and senior management team hold regular staff events, which cover issues such as the corporate improvement programme and the financial strategy. The aim is to communicate these issues to staff. The council also provides one-to-one literacy training for manual workers. External coaching is given to middle and senior managers to help them to achieve their goals, reduce stress, increase energy and motivation and to become more productive in and out of work. There is also a mentoring programme to provide support and development for other managers and staff. In partnership with other local authorities, a leadership development programme for managers has been established, which includes a series of masterclasses in aspects such as leading change, managing conflict and the leader as strategist and coach. The council organised a Fit at Work week to encourage staff to be more active. The idea was to help busy people to build exercise into the working day. For one week local instructors ran taster sessions. Yoga sessions are now run during Friday lunchtimes and golf sessions on Monday nights after work. Subsidised spinning classes are on Wednesday lunchtimes at a local gym and lunchtime conservation walks are held. West Oxfordshire has developed its WIN One to One scheme – WIN stands for welfare information network. Staff who have been trained in counselling skills offer confidential advice to other employees who are experiencing difficulties at home or work. Pay and benefits All types of flexible working are available for all staff. About 50 staff and councillors have council hardware in their homes. Free private healthcare, subsidised car and bicycle loans and sports facilities are available to all employees.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Team

66% of staff agreed

My work is stimulating

The Council's safety adviser gives advice and support for quitting smoking and holds a budget to fund smoking cessation products. We have lunchtime fitness classes at the Council such as ‘gut busters', Pilates and yoga. They have run several health screening days where staff can have their cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI and bone density. They also have a range of flexible working policies including non standard working hours, flexi-time, flexible working for parents and carers and paid time off for urgent family leave. They also hold events such as ‘Bring your children to work' day.

My Company

53% of staff agreed

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

The organisation have team lunches to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions or achievements. The council encourages staff to put themselves forward for external awards and recognition. Wherever appropriate staff from the team will be sponsored by the council to attend award ceremonies and events. They are running three pilot schemes for "an even better place to work" programme which will be rolled out across the council in the New Year. This is an inclusive and innovative programme to assist staff to manage their morale and motivation and build better relationships within the team.

My Manager

78% of staff agreed

My manager cares about me as an individual

The Council's safety adviser gives advice and support for quitting smoking and holds a budget to fund smoking cessation products. We have lunchtime fitness classes at the Council such as ‘gut busters', Pilates and yoga. They have run several health screening days where staff can have their cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI and bone density. They also have a range of flexible working policies including non standard working hours, flexi-time, flexible working for parents and carers and paid time off for urgent family leave. They also hold events such as ‘Bring your children to work' day.

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