Overview

At Helical, our people are intrinsic to delivering the ambitions of the business and driving long-term growth.

Helical has a small core team, working closely with trusted partners in multiple disciplines. Our success is built on the skills of our staff and therefore finding, developing, rewarding, and retaining our people is a key element of our corporate strategy.

During the year staff participated in Property Week’s Best Places to Work in Property survey and awards programme. The results of that survey have earned Helical the distinction of being ranked one of the Best Places to Work in Property for 2019.

At Helical we encourage an open and inclusive culture as we believe this creates a collaborative and focused approach to achieving the Group’s aims and aspirations, encouraging individuals to proactively suggest ideas and opportunities for the benefit of the business and the people.

Diversity is important in supporting Helical in achieving its strategic aims. By ensuring that Helical is a diverse business, the Group benefits from a variety of experiences and perspectives, stimulating creativity and contributing to our open and cohesive culture.

Objectives

  • We will respect the principles of equality and diversity in our employment practices.
  • We will look to encourage contractors to use local labour on construction and refurbishment projects where feasible.
  • We will seek to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains.
  • We will, where possible, endeavour to comply with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) throughout our managed portfolio.
  • We will review the needs of the local communities within which we operate and in conjunction with our Managing Agents support initiatives that are relevant to our business.

Our Approach

Not only do we offer our staff a competitive remuneration and benefits package, but we also support part-time, job-sharing and flexible working requests where possible.

During the year under review, 19% of the workforce carried out their roles on a part-time basis in order to meet family commitments. We believe this competitive approach to remuneration, alongside an attractive working environment, has continued to keep staff turnover low at 6.25%, with an average length of service of 8.7 years.

  Total number of staff as at 31 March 2019 Average length of service (years)
Executive Directors 3 24.6
Executives 17 6.8
All employees 32 8.7

To ensure a highly skilled and experienced team, Helical continues to evaluate training needs in line with business objectives. Our employees are actively encouraged to attend training that enhances their knowledge and benefits the business. Over the year, our staff undertook 699 hours of training and development, an average of 3.5 days
per employee.

We promote well-being through a number of benefits including a paid-for gym membership, medical insurance, a cycle to work scheme and the availability of fruit and healthy snacks at the office.

As Helical operates with a small team, our ability to establish excellent long-term relationships with our advisors, agents and other suppliers is very important. As part of this, fair treatment of suppliers remains a key priority for Helical and the Group’s policy is to settle all agreed liabilities as soon as possible and within the terms established with them.

  Male Female
Board 89% 11%
Executives 59% 41%
All employees 44% 56%