BI WORLDWIDE continues to improve as a business and is using its Investors in People accreditation to improve as an employer.
The Investors in People (IiP) standard sets out criteria against which organisations are able to benchmark their people practices. BI WORLDWIDE has held an IiP accreditation for over five years and is part of a community of over 14,000 organisations across 75 countries worldwide which conform to the IiP standard. This year, BI WORLDWIDE achieved a Silver award, placing it among the top 5% of IiP accredited organisations.
Successful accreditation against the Investors in People Standard is a sign of a great employer. BI WORLDWIDE aims to be an outstanding place to work, with strong values, an open culture, and a clear commitment to sustainability. BI WORLDWIDE put Associates at the heart of everything. The assessment process allows opportunities to improve the way things are done, and allows Associates to input ideas and suggestions.
How is BI WORLDWIDE assessed and who is involved?
The Investors in People framework considers four main areas: how is the organisation led; how are Associates supported; how does the organisation improve and adapt; and how ambitious is it. 27 factors are assessed to determine how well practices have been developed, how well established they are, and how effective they have been. The levels of accreditation that can be obtained are: Accredited, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
BI WORLDWIDE’s accreditation is currently Silver, and the organisation has set its sights on the Gold standard. If BI WORLDWIDE could achieve this, it would be in the top 0.5% of Investors in People accredited companies within the UK. So, there is plenty of hard work to do. To realise this improvement, BI WORLDWIDE has put together an Investors in People project team with a brief to identify and build on our strengths, and to identify areas in which we could improve. The team is examining people practices across the IiP standard’s nine indicators and 27 themes.
BI WORLDWIDE is determined to be ready for a new assessment within 18 months, rather than the mandatory three years. The project team is confident that Gold accreditation or above is achievable. The team have already analysed the results of the last assessment, which included feedback from a company-wide survey as well as the output of interviews with 21 Associates from a variety of roles and with a variety of lengths of service. It is now adding fresh research and its own ideas to the assessor’s recommendations, making sure that its recommendations include new and innovative ways to improve associate engagement.