Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Local Council
  • Year established:
    1974
  • Website:
    http://www.ashford.gov.uk
  • Contact
    • Ashford Borough Council, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL

About Ashford Borough Council


What is it like to work for Ashford Borough Council

Wellbeing
Wellbeing
Ashford Borough Council recognise the importance of physical, emotional and financial wellbeing. They run financial seminars, highlight the importance of good mental health and encourage physical activity. Each month their staff magazine has a ‘Wellbeing Wonders’ article, which focuses on a different aspect of wellness. Every Spring they also conduct a ‘Workplace Wellness Week’. This year this included mini health checks, mindfulness sessions, cycle checks, free massages, encouragement to take part in ‘On your feet Britain day’, body blast classes, information about Mental Health Awareness Week and a lunchtime run. Staff receive a discounted gym membership and every month a company comes and offers staff discounted wellness treatments over the lunch period, from massages to reflexology. They also offer smoking cessation courses annually. ABC’s Employee Assistance Programme provides a proactive approach to wellbeing and the organisation also offer face-to-face counselling too (eight sessions and including CBT), couples counselling and telephone counselling for family members. ABC Identify all workplace stressors and conduct risk assessments to eliminate or control the risk from stress. These risk assessments are also regularly reviewed by Managers.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
This is Ashford Borough Council’s second year of choosing a local charity to support. In 2015/16 the organisation supported Pilgrim’s Hospice and this year they are supporting Retreat Animal Rescue. ABC’s main fundraising event is their annual staff quiz night, where teams pay to join in and local companies donate prizes for the raffle. Last year the organisation raised £600 and this year £700 on this night alone. Staff donate when participating in fun staff events, such as their bubble football tournament. The organisation also participates in the Christmas tree recycling project that Pilgrim’s Hospice run every year. ABC’s volunteering policy enables staff to take one day per year to work with a local organisation of their choice. The organisation employs a member of staff to run a Job Club every Monday and will support any resident that is actively looking for work through this. They provide advice on interview skills and techniques, courses and training, support with job searching, voluntary work and job applications, plus careers advice and CV workshops. ABC also work closely with a local charity called Porchlight and fund a part time dedicated member of staff to work with and assist homeless people in Ashford (often including ex-offenders and those recovering from addiction). This year ABC has contributed £30k towards this.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Ashford Borough Council’s purpose but at the same time their challenge is to create a reward strategy in a public sector local government environment against a backdrop of decreasing Government grant, then communicate it well to achieve high levels of engagement. Their most popular reward event is ABC’s annual Staff Awards ceremony, which is held in December. The organisation transforms their council chamber with a theme (recently Tropical Beach and this year – Space!) and celebrate all of their achievements. Staff nominate and vote for the award winners (Newcomer, Officer, Manager and Team of the Year), who get a themed trophy and shopping vouchers. Staff also volunteer to host and write a script of jokes and facts from the previous 12 months. ABC provide themed food and drink, Management Team dress up to present the awards and they also have a section focusing on the apprentices, training qualifications and long service awards. It is the organisation’s biggest event of the year, with over half of their 440 workforce attending. In 2013 the council implemented an Ashford Living Wage Allowance for its lowest paid employees and this continues to be paid at £8 per hour.

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Benefits:

  • Women
    Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Gym
    Gym

    Companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or offering subsidised gym membership for all employees

  • Pensions
    Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary, non-contributory pension scheme or one in which the employer puts in at least three times

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    50% of employees with more than 5 years' service

Company Statistics

  • UK sites:

    17

  • Earning £35,000+:

    25%

  • Male : Female:

    37% / 63%

  • Average Age:

    38

  • Staff:

    426

  • Staff Turnover:

    6%

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