Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Charity, IAG, Young Peoples Services
  • Year established:
    1994
  • Website:
    http://www.positive-steps.org.uk
  • Contact
    • Medtia Place, 80 Union Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1 1DJ

About Positive Steps


What is it like to work for Positive Steps

Leadership
Leadership
Positive Steps Leaders always consult and involve colleagues, clients and partners in all that they do. They are always thinking things through and reflect upon learning using their knowledge and experience to create and develop new ways of working; Everyone is collectively and individually accountable for Positive Steps targets and work together to achieve them. The Leaders also innovate and develop ways of working that make a difference to the people with whom they work alongside. The Senior Management Team are highly visible in the organisation and know all staff by their first name. They frequently have structured team meetings, the Chief Executive attends the quarterly Staff Forums and also provides regular full staff briefings. Bright Ideas are considered at each Senior Management meeting and ‘you said – we did’ feedback is later provided by meeting minutes. These minutes are always disseminated throughout the organisation and staff then have the opportunity to comment or question at their team meetings.
My Manager
My Manager
Positive Steps provide quarterly management development days for all Managers. Recent themes have included ‘undertaking investigations’ and ‘Neuro Linguistic Programme’. Positive Steps directly employs a training and development ‘coach’ to support Managers and their front line case load holding staff. Managers get support from their direct Line Manager and where appropriate from other Senior Managers or the Positive Steps HR Manager. New Managers are linked to a buddy and the organisation also have structured Operational Management Team meetings. Once probation has been passed a Manager’s performance is then assessed quarterly by the use of the Aspire Scheme. Personalised objectives are set at the beginning of April, which always take into consideration departmental and organisational aims. Managers are invited to submit an application detailing their contribution to the business once they have been in post for 12 months. If successful, this allows them to move from their Competency salary level to the Threshold salary level.
My Team
My Team
Positive Steps have a monthly staff bulletin to make sure staff are aware of what colleagues are up to. Content from the bulletin comes from staff themselves and includes regular features celebrating team and individual successes, providing feedback on staff suggestions and also any compliments the organisation receive. Positive Steps also have a Staff Forum in which all areas of the business are represented. There are also several sub groups responsible for fundraising, celebrating success and organising social events for all. The organisation also holds a yearly all staff ‘conference. The focus is on inclusion and topics are chosen based on their relevance to the company as a whole. This year's theme was ‘Creating a Happy Workplace’. Positive Steps believe that making your organisation a happy place to work is an essential component for successful and long-lasting business. June 2016 was safeguarding month at Positive Steps; this is their bi-annual chance to share professional practice and provide a refresher in one of the most important and on-going elements of their work. The organisation believe that Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and so they make sure that every member of Positive Steps management and staff and as many volunteers as possible undertake a range of presentations, workshops and e-learning packages pertinent to their roles.

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Benefits:

  • Women
    Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    50% of employees with more than 5 years' service

Company Statistics

  • Staff Turnover:

    12%

  • Staff:

    180

  • Male : Female:

    24% / 76%

  • UK sites:

    3

  • Average Age:

    42

  • Earning £35,000+:

    84%

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