Taff Housing Association is once again celebrating an award for its achievements as a top company. In a confidential survey, 91% of staff said that, overall, Taff Housing Association is a ‘great place to work’. Companies were also ranked according to quality of life, and Taff came third in this category.
On May 19th, 6 members of staff learned their company had made the list of the UK’s Top 50 employers for the fourth year running. Taff’s employees were rubbing shoulders with the likes of Admiral, Diageo, and Microsoft staff at the glitzy event in the City of London. As well as senior managers, Staff Forum members and front line staff were given the opportunity to attend the awards ceremony.
The survey completed by staff covers questions on how well managed they think the company is; how much pride people feel in their jobs and how enjoyable the atmosphere is. Jessica Stainer, 27, Chair of the Staff Forum, which represents the views of employees, said ‘People love working for Taff, but it can be stressful at times, as we deal with people in housing need. It’s a lovely treat to come to London for this event, as a ‘Thank you’ for the work we do.’
Barry Oram, a tenant, and also a Board member of the organisation said, ‘The staff provide great service, so we’re really pleased they’ve voted the company onto this list, and that some of them have had the chance to go to the awards ceremony.’
Taff Housing Association prides itself on good employee relations and on helping people learn and develop in their work, and has recently also been awarded the Gold standard for Investors in People, one of only two organisations in Wales to achieve this.
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Two of Taff’s customer involvement projects made the top 3 in Wednesday’s annual TPAS Cymru awards. Back2Basics, a programme to engage young people and reduce anti social behaviour, which is in its third year, came third in the Tenant Participation Project category.
Taff Housing Association also bagged third place against stiff competition in the Active Engagement category, for its Get Involved quarterly events.
Janet Bochel, Director of Customer Services & Development, says, ‘It’s good to see Taff continue to innovate in its approach to Customer Involvement. The competition has been much stronger this year, so we’ve done well’.