Bolton Council has recently been re-accredited with Investors in People status.
This is a national standard which tests the engagement and development of staff to meet organisational objectives.
The council has held IiP status across each department for many years. This is, however, the first time that it has sought re-accreditation as a single organisation. It involved interviews with more than 200 randomly selected staff, as well as senior managers and elected members.
The feedback confirms that, despite the very challenging economic environment, the council has an engaged and well developed workforce. The review found that there is a clear vision and underpinning strategy across the organisation, which is communicated well through briefings from the Chief Executive; senior managers and other staff communications. Staff feel empowered to do their job, and to take ownership and responsibility and staff learning and development continues to be prioritised and regularly reviewed, planned and carried out at all levels.
The review also found that whilst the council has had to make very difficult savings, that staff generally felt well supported by the council during the process.
The re-assessment process also highlighted some areas for further improvement, which include communicating and expanding staff recognition schemes, better use of the staff suggestion scheme; and reinforcing management competencies.
Sean Harris, Chief Executive of Bolton Council said: “We are delighted to have been accredited for Investors in People as a whole organisation. The council genuinely believes that people are the organisation’s most important asset.”
Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Resources said: “We have worked hard over recent years to protect staff from the worst of the budget reductions and to provide change and development support throughout the difficult service reviews. It is, however, great news to have our work recognised by a respected national assessment framework.”