Employees from Orbit in Coventry had fun dressing as superheroes on Friday (1 March) to mark #bestcompaniesday2019.
The celebration was to highlight Orbit achieving a coveted place within the prestigious Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list. It has attained this status following an independent survey of its employees carried out by Best Companies. The listings, which are now into their 19th year, appear as part of the Sunday Times pull-out and provide businesses with a measurement of success from their own employees.
Various caped crusaders and masked heroes appeared at Orbit’s Binley offices on Friday to join in the celebrations and Customer Advisor, Sarah –Jane Cherry, dressed as a soldier in honour of her son who has been serving in the Royal Logistic Corps for the last five years.
She said: “My son is my absolute hero for the job he does, so I decided to celebrate dressed as a soldier. I love Orbit – I really like its values and it is a great company to work for. I was so pleased when we got this award and it has been great fun celebrating.”
Commenting on the award achievement, Craig Wilcockson, Group People Director at Orbit, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have made the Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For list on our first attempt.
“It demonstrates how our own employees recognise that Orbit is a truly great place to work. We place people at the heart of everything we do and we will continue to create a culture that celebrates diversity and an environment where everyone feels able to contribute towards achieving together.
“We introduced our vision to lead in building thriving communities 12 months ago and we recognise that to be successful in achieving this we need to create a thriving community for our employees.”
With a growing property portfolio of over 42,000 homes spanning the midlands, east and south Orbit employs over 1,000 people across these regions. Last year Orbit developed over 2,000 new homes, with over half of these being affordable housing schemes.
The profit for a purpose approach enables Orbit to invest £4 million each year back into the communities it serves. This includes the delivery of its Better Days programme, which helps customers improve their skills across the areas of employment, wellbeing, managing their money and digital.
Orbit prides itself on being a values led business with a clear social purpose and the results from the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For survey demonstrate how its own employees recognise Orbit as a great place to work.
Over the past year, one of Orbit’s areas of continued focus has been upon its employee wellbeing programme, which has four key areas: myMind, myMoney, myHealth and myChoice. There have been a number of activities throughout the year including workshops, training and wellbeing events that have contributed to a raised awareness of employee wellbeing. Orbit is also extremely proud to have provided training for employees to become Mental Health First Aiders.
Alongside its wellbeing programme Orbit offers all employees their own Personal Development Plans, training and a comprehensive employee benefits package.
To find out more about Orbit and discover available opportunities as well as its graduate and apprentice programme visit its new dedicated careers website here: www.orbitgroup.org.uk/careers