We are honoured to be the inaugural winners of ‘Employer of the Year’ at the Travel Weekly UK Globe Awards. This award is particularly special as this is our very first Globe Award.
When choosing Ocean Holidays as the winner of the award, Travel Weekly said, “The winner’s submission particularly impressed with an authentic approach to people, sustainability, D.E.I., and community. Judges felt this approach was underpinned by a strong commitment to honest and transparent communication which allowed staff at all levels to feel involved. They were also impressed by the way the company’s values flowed through to every decision taken, with an ongoing drive to ensure all employees were engaged and constantly encouraged and supported to do… and be… their best. And they commended the engagement of senior management, with a specialist team member driving company culture and working impressively with the chief executive to implement its strategy. Finally, the judges were impressed by our winners’ commitment to fair wages, with plans to increase starting salaries from next year to better attract and support staff.
Our Co-Founders Daniel Ox and George Hastings were on hand to pick up the award, where George said “It’s such a surprise to have won and this the first Globe Award we’ve received so it’s exciting. We have done a lot of work in the last two years finding out what our staff want and need and then worked to implement all of that so to have that recognised is amazing. He went on to say, “This award will be front and centre at our town hall next week and the staff is going to be buzzing – at the end of the day, this award is all about them.”
When told about the award, Ross Swallow, Trade Sales Consultant said, “It may have only been 6 months since I’ve been with the company, but it really makes me proud to see Ocean Holidays winning this especially as I wholeheartedly agree with it!”
This prestigious award would not have been received without Ocean Holidays’ Head of People, Karen Sheehan, who has played a crucial role in implementing several new initiatives to improve the lives of our colleagues in both the workplace and personally.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO Harry Hastings said, “I couldn’t be prouder of Karen Sheehan and the entire team at Ocean Holidays for winning the special award for Employer of the Year by Travel Weekly UK Globe Awards last night. We know we have so much more work to do to continue to improve the lives of our colleagues at Ocean Holidays.”
Our employees have always been at the heart of everything we do, and we attribute our success as the UK’s fastest-growing travel company in the last two years to this people-first approach. Whatever the future holds, it’s vital to us that we continue to listen and act on what our employees need to make them not only productive but happy too.