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Ocean Housing Group Ltd

A not for profit, provider of social & affordable housing

What we do:

At Ocean we believe affordable housing is not just about the buildings, but about the people who turn them into homes. We therefore provide a wide range of services to our residents, helping them to make the most of their homes and the communities they live in and through the combined operations of the three companies, the Group is committed to making a real contribution to Cornwall’s housing shortage by building new and affordable homes (for rent, shared ownership and open market) for local people.

Our mission is ‘to be an innovative provider of quality homes, with residents and staff at the heart of Ocean’

We are looking forward to continuing our work and increasing opportunities for homes and jobs in the county.

Why we became a healthy workplace:

Beyond the obvious which is to reduce our costs of absence, healthy employees equal a happy, healthy and productive workforce. The Healthy Workplace Awards are an external validation of the work we were already doing to pro-actively support our staff to be their best and to cope with the development and growth of the business in a healthy way.

We are currently in the middle of a transformational change project to meet the needs of our business and customers in 2020 and beyond and we can only do that if we have a happy and healthy workforce.

It also fits with our values and our strategic objective to be an employer of choice and by offering a range of support initiatives we can help our staff to stay healthy both physically and mentally.

The Healthy Workplace Award shows our commitment to a healthy workplace and provides an opportunity for staff to get involved and pro-actively engage in their own physical and mental wellbeing in a fun and educational way with the support of the business.

Recent health and well being activities:

Here are a few:
- Intranet Health Hub
- Weight Management Initiative
- Raising awareness on the company’s strategic agenda through Board Reporting
- Noticeboards
- Health Hub – EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) Promotion and access to App
- Health Champions Group
- Working with the H&S team and having a dedicated in-house Occupational Health Advisor
- Bi-annual medicals offered
- Flu jabs
- Cycle to work scheme
- Beach Games
- Yoga

“The Health & Wellbeing of our staff is at the core of Ocean Housing Group’s business culture.
We are proud to have been recognised for our commitment in the Healthy Workplace Awards and we are determined to ensure that our approach continues to evolve and develop to ensure all of our people enjoy working for the Ocean Group and have the best working environment to help them perform at their best.
We believe such an approach benefits our customers and the wider communities we serve in Cornwall”

- Director
TRAC Services Ltd

"The healthy workplace toolkit has been an invaluable resource for TRAC. It is helped us review where we are as a company in terms of providing a healthy workplace and clearly identify new measures we can put in place. It is a very robust and easy to use resource that has united the team here in a common goal of improving the health and wellbeing of everyone. The website that support the initiative is easy to use and as lots of very helpful information and case studies. It is really easy to track your progress using the website. We have also benefited greatly from the support and enthusiasm of Rachel and the team in helping us on our journey and were delighted to be awarded silver following our recent assessment." - TRAC Services Ltd

Communication

Establishing and using effective channels of communication that engage employees are a key component in promoting employee health.  Examples: Health Notice Boards, Team Briefings, Internet/Intranet, Email, Wage Packet Inserts, Staff Surveys. 

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