Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rewards & Benefits Award

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rewards & Benefits Award

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WINNER Home Group Ltd |Home Group, a social enterprise and charity, is one of the UK's largest providers of housing and supported housing services and products.

In 2012 engagement with Home Group's reward package was low, as evidenced through survey results where pay and benefits were a lowlight.

The pay structure was outdated and inflexible.

All roles were placed in the same structure and, due to the diverse nature of the business, this was causing issues in being able to accurately benchmark against the market and pay competitive salaries for certain roles.

Progression through the pay scales was through a series of incremental steps, meaning colleagues were rewarded for length of service rather than performance. Staff said this didn't motivate them.

A new pay structure and performance-related pay approach was introduced and an initiative called Reward Scene was created as a new online benefits platform, including eye care vouchers, gym discounts and salary sacrifice.

Kelly Mitchell, HR business partner at Home Group, said: "We started this piece of work in 2012 when staff satisfaction with our pay structure and benefits was quite low.

"Our workers told us it didn't motivate them, so, we set about transforming it and introduced a new benefits structure."

RUNNERS-UP Arch, the Northumberland |Development Company Arch recognises the importance of reward and benefits as integral element of business performance.

Due to the complexity of the organisational structure, and the relationship with Northumberland County Council, the leadership team recognised that an innovative approach was required to reward and incentivise staff using non-monetary benefits.

HR undertook a survey to identify what staff thought about reward and benefits, and what mechanisms were perceived to be most effective. …

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