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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
Success Story

My name is Tony King and I'm part of the Maintenance Team at YMCA Cornwall.  When I first started working here, I spotted the Cycle to Work Scheme on a poster so I thought I would enquire about it.

It's very easy to set up; you can get up to £1000 which covers the cost of the bike, a lock, helmet and lights.  All you had to do was go to the bike shop and choose your bike.

Since getting my bike, I've now been cycling for the past 18 months from Hayle (to Penzance) which is 11 miles.  I feel fitter, I've lost weight and it has got me into cycling having been cycling in France and Belgium.  Next year I'm going cycling in Holland.

All in all, it's a good scheme and I would highly recommend it.

Staff Engagement

Companies with higher levels of staff engagement have 13% lower staff turnover and less than half the UK average sickness absence.

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