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Yorkshire Housing has been shortlisted at this year’s HR Distinction Awards in the Leading Transformational Change category.

The HR Distinction Awards on May 9 celebrate the most creative and engaging company projects as well as the inspirational rising stars of the industry.

Being shortlisted is a real achievement for the team – demonstrated by the well-known names that are also nominated, such as Warburtons, Odeon and Travis Perkins.

The nomination for this award outlined the work that was completed during the 2016 strategic review, when the board took the decision to exit from our care and support services.

Working closely with the council, we began the process of looking for other organisations that could develop these services further and help them grow successfully.

With 144 colleagues affected, a project team was formed comprising of staff from all areas of the business.

The team implemented a number of strategies to ensure that all colleagues, customers and their families were fully engaged in the change.

The project successfully transferred 12 services to six different specialist organisations, resulting in 89 colleagues securing ongoing employment.

The closure of Foodworks meant there were 29 redundancies. But, with the support of the outplacement service, they all secured employment, including our supported employment colleagues.

The process that we used during the exit of these services brought a fundamental cultural change to how we deal with transfers of this scale and the support required for those involved.

People transformational lead Sarah Moore, who worked on the project, said:

 

“Being shortlisted is a real achievement for the team – demonstrated by the well-known names that are also nominated, such as Warburtons, Odeon and Travis Perkins.

“The nomination for this award outlined the work that was completed during the 2016 strategic review, when the board took the decision to exit from our care and support services.

“Working closely with the council, we began the process of looking for other organisations that could develop these services further and help them grow successfully.”

She added:

 

“With 144 colleagues affected, a project team was formed comprising of staff from all areas of the business.

“The team implemented a number of strategies to ensure that all colleagues, customers and their families were fully engaged in the change.

“The project successfully transferred 12 services to six different specialist organisations, resulting in 89 colleagues securing ongoing employment.”

Sarah continued:

 

“The closure of Foodworks meant there were 29 redundancies. But, with the support of the outplacement service, they all secured employment, including our supported employment colleagues.

“The process that we used during the exit of these services brought a fundamental cultural change to how we deal with transfers of this scale and the support required for those involved.”

Sarah said:

 

“Our approach to this change is shaping how we will lead the implementation of future changes across the business, being led by our values.

“Yorkshire Housing learnt by involving and communicating and, by working together, you can achieve a smooth and successful transition.

“It was a journey not without its challenges, but within the given timescales, one of our greatest successes was limited disruption and new opportunities for those affected.”

Sean McKibben, head of care and support, said:

 

“That we managed to exit the care and support service with minimum disruption to the customers we supported was down to a great project team from across the business.

“While ensuring continuity of service to customers and a smooth transition to new providers for them was a priority, so was supporting our Yorkshire Housing colleagues as they moved to new employers.

“I’m proud of how well the project team delivered on both these objectives and it’s great that Yorkshire Housing been recognised for this award.”