Equality, diversity and rights
The success of any organisation is very much driven by the quality of its employees. Purplebricks provides equal opportunities and is committed to the principle of equality regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religious belief, political opinion or affiliation, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age or disability. We apply employment policies that are fair, equitable and consistent with the skills and abilities of our employees and the needs of the business. All employees are accorded equal opportunity for recruitment, training and promotion and, in all jobs of like work, on equal terms and conditions of employment.
Engaging with our employees and self-employed agents has always been a priority for the business. We operate and actively encourage an open culture where all employees have ready access to the Senior Leadership Team. This is facilitated by a very active internal social network, regular Q&A video sessions with the Senior Leadership Team, and detailed insight into the changes and improvements in the business provided by the service leads.
Health and safety
We are committed to the highest standards of health and safety in our work activities for our employees, our customers and our partners. In a business environment where social distancing and concerns over the transmission of COVID-19 are likely to remain for some time, we ensure that our people use appropriate PPE and work from home for as long as is needed. We will also make use of our enhanced technology platform to provide ways of working that keep safety in mind at all times.
We actively promote and support the wellbeing of all our employees. As part of our partnership with Team GB, it has helped us launch a Company-wide wellness programme, with the aim of educating, supporting and empowering our people to perform at their best as part of “Team PB” (Team Personal Best).
Getting fit and ready for the future
Purplebricks is immensely proud of its partnership with Team GB ahead of the rescheduled Summer games in 2021. As well as playing a key role in our external advertising and marketing campaigns, Team GB has helped us launch a Company-wide wellness programme, with the aim of educating, supporting and empowering our people to perform at their best as part of “Team PB”.
The programme takes a holistic approach to discussing health and wellbeing topics alongside the factors that impact performance in pressurised, demanding environments. The focus is on helping people with physical and mental wellbeing, helping our people achieve their personal best in both their work and personal lives.
Supporting our agents in the field
At Purplebricks, we are proud to stand side by side with our people and support them, even when times are tough. The COVID-19 crisis has had a particular impact on those who are self-employed working through a limited company. That’s why we committed to help our Local Property Experts (LPEs) by establishing a dedicated fund of up to £2.2 million at the beginning of the pandemic.
This fund helped many of our LPEs, including Jane and Hugh Harkin, a married couple who run a local property company in Lanarkshire. In the early days of lockdown, they had to take care of their young granddaughter because their daughter is a nurse at Monklands General Hospital and was asked to work on the COVID-19 ward. This signalled a change of priorities for the Harkin family – Jane continued working to help customers, supported by an incentive and top-up payment, while Hugh has also been supported financially, with his key role focusing on social media and engaging customers virtually.