Bolton Council has been commended for achieving its Investors in People (IiP) award in light of challenging circumstances.
This is the second time the authority has achieved the cross-council Corporate IiP Award, which was originally presented in 2008, and will retain the status for the next three years.
An independent assessor examined how effectively the council was leading and managing the changes required to achieve necessary savings and efficiencies, while still focusing on its key priorities of narrowing the gap, economic regeneration and transforming services.
The assessor found that the council’s senior management team focused strongly on the people of the organisation while leading the changes required.
Staff are well supported with a range of workshops tailored to helping people who face redeployment or redundancy and there is a strong emphasis on maintaining the health, wellbeing and motivation of employees.
The assessment also concluded that the council had strong strategic leadership from the Chief Executive and his deputy, both of whom are deemed easily accessible and convey information in an open and honest way.
Relationships with trade unions have been strengthened since the council underwent its last corporate assessment and weekly meetings take place where representatives can put forward their views on reviews and restructuring of departments.
Staff in general are encouraged to give constructive feedback which enables the council to take corrective action where necessary.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Human Resources, Organisational Development and Diversity, Councillor Rosa Kay, said: “This is a particularly good achievement for the council and its employees as much has changed over the past three years.
“Everyone who works for Bolton Council is doing so in extremely challenging circumstances and I would like to thank them for maintaining a professional stance and putting the people of Bolton first.
“However, yet more difficult times are ahead of us and this glowing assessment of the council and its leadership demonstrates that we are well-equipped and determined to improve services for the borough, in spite of financial constraints.”