Bath-based housing association Curo has been ranked among the 100 Best Not-for-Profit Companies to work for in the country.
This is second year running that Curo has been included in the Sunday Times Best Companies list, the longest-running and most respected index of its kind which celebrates and showcases the very best in workplace engagement.
Curo, one of Bath’s biggest local employers, is the only organisation from Bath to make the not-for-profit list, and one of only four charitable organisations in the Bristol-Bath region.
Curo Head of Colleague Experience Donna Warr (pictured), said: “We’re really proud to be recognised as one of the country’s best places to work. We know how important it is to have truly engaged colleagues who share the same values in order to give our customers the best service possible, and deliver our mission of providing great homes, supporting communities and improving lives.”
Curo was singled out as UK winner of the Innovation in Engagement Practice Award 2018 because of the exceptional range of initiatives designed to engage its 500 colleagues.
Examples of innovation included involving colleagues in recruitment with staff given cards to hand out to anyone they met who showed exceptional customer service skills. The cards read, “We’re looking for stars… you’ve impressed me!” and included an invitation to look out for Curo job opportunities.
Another example cited was Curo’s Market Place event where teams presented in creative ways what they do day-to-day and encouraged conversations about how colleagues can work better, together across the business. Teams were highly inventive, with virtual reality experiences to help staff understand how anti-social behaviour feels, electric gloves to reproduce the effects of Parkinson’s disease, quizzes, and the opportunity to have a Face Fit test for dust masks.
Curo was ranked number 44 in the 2018 Sunday Times Best 100 Not for Profit Companies list. The full list is available at here.