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Staff conference focuses on teamwork and recognition


Published by Tracey Errington for Eden Housing Association Limited in Housing and also in Education

winners of the TIC CODE Awards winners of the TIC CODE Awards

Staff conference full of festivities, ideas and awards 

Eden Housing Association (EHA) held its Staff Conference at Newton Rigg on Friday 13th – a date that was both rewarding and lucky for some.   The conference focused on creative team work, Dragon’s Den style pitches and an awards ceremony that recognised key achievements through the year. The dress code for the day was Festive jumpers.

Over fifty EHA staff took part in the afternoon which included problem solving table top activities, team building exercises and the Association’s equivalent of the Dragon’s Den.

In the run up to the conference, the Dragon’s Den initiative was launched to staff who worked in groups to create ideas that if invested in and implemented, could make a difference in the local community. Staff ‘pitched’ their ideas to the panel of judges drawn from the Directors of the company, they then discussed the various opportunities. It resulted in a commitment to invest up to £10,000 in the winning idea of creating community allotments. This idea will now be investigated further and actioned in 2014.

A key part of the afternoon also focused on staff achievements, with a range of awards focusing on individuals who have really stood out in their work and attitude, in keeping with EHA’s ethos and values. The fact that the winners were nominations from staff gave the ceremony additional kudos.

Winners of the ‘Above and Beyond’ Awards received a financial commitment  towards learning a hobby or extra vocational training. There were a variety of initiatives which attracted votes including a team effort (Paula Day, Carol Frith, Kate Murray, Jen Glassford and Jenny Everingham) for their Charity Tuck Shop idea, other winning contributions came from Andrew Hodgson, Rachael Thomson, Heidi Ware and Vicki Mark.   

The most prestigious awards were those focused on the values and principles operated by the organisation and are known by the acronym TIC CODE.

John Clasper Managing Director of Eden Housing Association said “ Our  values and principles  are important to the feel of the organisation and we really appreciate and encourage our staff to demonstrate the appropriate behaviours in their work. It was good to see everyone get involved in nominating winners for these awards and the feedback at the conference has been excellent. Staff right across the organisation were recognised for their commitment and achievements – it demonstrates our staff appreciate each other’s efforts and encourages a better team spirit and greater understanding of what we want to achieve.”

The category awards were;

  • Teamwork - winner Gill Walton,  for her positive attitude and valuing everyone’s contribution 
  • Integrity - winner Karan Crosthwaite,  for displaying honesty, respect and dignity 
  • Customer focus – Jenny Everingham,  for listening and ensuring we understand before acting
  • Continuous improvement – Max Stoddart,  for demonstrating interest in learning and growing
  • Openness – Jenny Arragon, for being unbiased, sincere and approachable   
  • Dynamism – Owen Kirkland,  for his passionate, productive and vigorous work
  • Enjoyment – Max Stoddart, for proactively generating the right level of fun and good feeling

There were joint overall winners of the most prestigious TIC CODE Award, achieved by the staff member who demonstrates consistency to a high standard across the full range of categories: Rachael Thomson and Rosie Sergison who have both made enormous contributions to the success of EHA over the last 12 months each received a prize worth up to £500 each.

The conference concluded on a lighter note with the seasonal award for the Best Christmas jumper which was won by Paul ‘Mitch’ Mitchinson.

Looking back on the afternoon Gill Walton, Manager of the Supported Housing Team said “I am a relatively new member of staff so it was lovely to be recognised with the team work award, but I have to say that what makes me proudest is the validation that Eden Housing has given to Rachael Thomson. She is an integral part of our supported housing team and her colleagues were thrilled for her.

There was a really great atmosphere at the conference and it’s nice to see so many people receiving acknowledgement for their efforts.  From the enthusiastic comments I’ve heard, Friday 13th was very rewarding – both in terms of new ideas and the appreciation and recognition of our staff.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the services available from Eden Housing Association can visit the website or call 01768 861 400  


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