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Putting people first

Published 3rd July, 2013 by Neil Nixon

Putting people first

John Laing Integrated Services (JLIS) has been presented with a national award for its commitment to employee engagement and continuous improvement. JLIS, which provides a suite of FM services to the public sector and has over 1100 employees, has been awarded the Investors in People silver award for the way it has improved business performance through the support and motivation of its employees.

Tim Grier, managing director at JLIS, said: “JLIS has held Investors in People accreditation since 2007 and I am delighted that we have now achieved Investors in People Silver. Our employees are our greatest asset and this award demonstrates our commitment to investing in our employees by creating a culture of learning and development, engagement and empowerment.”

Justine Brown, HR director at JLIS, said: “We are delighted to have achieved silver accreditation. We have worked hard to imbed some key HR practices into the business in order to improve people management and this silver accreditation is a true reflection of this.”

The silver award has been awarded to fewer than 600 organisations in the country, which is just 2.82% of all organisations awarded with the Investors in People standard. The standard is a framework of good practice, awarded to well-run organisations that meet set criteria such as learning and development, leadership skills and recognition and reward of staff amongst others.

John Telfer, managing director of Inspiring Business Performance Ltd (IBP), an organisation that delivers Investors in People for London and the south, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for John Laing Integrated Services and clearly shows that continual improvement and development is a top priority. Over a third of the UK's workforce uses Investors in People today, and this is because of the many benefits that being Investors in People accredited can bring. Once key decision makers implement changes for the better, the effects can often be seen across all areas of an organisation.”

An organisation can achieve bronze, silver or gold status by meeting additional evidence requirements from across the Investors in People framework. To secure the silver award, organisations must demonstrate an additional 76 or more pieces of evidence, above the Investors in People core standard.

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