‘My YBS Group Adventure’ celebrates three core milestones, which were chosen based on what colleagues told us was important to them:
In one year, colleagues wrote more than 3,700 comments and added over 1,100 photos to 700 colleagues’ yearbooks – keepsakes marking a colleague’s 3rd, 5th, 10th, 25th or 40th anniversary with the Group.
As well as the yearbooks, we have created a range of easy and simple tools for managers to create memorable experiences for a colleague. These include email headers to mark important life and work moments (such as ‘congratulations on your new role’ and ‘happy new home’) and templates to make photo collages or personalised front page of our colleague magazine, It’s Mutual.
Carol Minney and Jo Clarke were recipients of a personalised photo collage on their first day at Pudsey branch, after being redeployed from Farsley in May. They were bowled over by the support from their new team and customers. Claire Byrne, Pudsey Branch Manager, said: “We wanted to do something a bit special to welcome Jo and Carol on their first day, and they both loved their framed keepsakes. Carol was showing hers to all her customers who loved it as much as she did.”
Colleagues have also been celebrating each other’s life moments – and weddings seem to be a favourite. In April Krishna Mistry and Phil Holloway, who are based in our Leeds office, tied the knot on Easter Sunday. On their final day at work before their big day, their teams adorned their desks with balloons and confetti and surprised them with a lovely bunch of flowers. Krishna said: “We couldn’t believe that our colleagues had gone to so much effort. We feel blessed to have such wonderful people to work with!”
A new volunteering programme to prepare young people for the world of work.
We’re continuing to build on the success of our apprenticeship scheme.
Our colleagues volunteer their time in schools to improve young people’s financial education.
Colleagues swap their beds for sleeping bags to raise money for End Youth Homelessness.
The way consumers use financial services is evolving, leading to some necessary changes for us to meet our customers’ changing needs.
Hundreds of our colleagues take on our Peak District challenge for End Youth Homelessness.
We’re working towards our ambition of creating an inclusive work environment, where all colleagues can contribute to the Group’s success.
We are supporting homeless young people this Christmas as part of our charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness (EYH).
With EYH, we have housed 15 young people since launching in June.
Building on the success of our apprenticeship scheme, we’ve opened 24 new positions across 10 different business areas.
We are proud to have been a double winner at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards 2016.
Our six Savings Pledges reflect how we believe savings institutions should behave.
Over 1,300 solar panels installed at our Bradford and Peterborough offices .
Everyday Thanks was launched in September 2015 as part of our Group’s 150th birthday.