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Greenbank Awarded Bronze IIP Standard

IIP BronzeThe Greenbank Group UK are proud to announce they have been re-assessed and have now been awarded the Investors in People (IIP) Bronze Standard in recognition of their efforts in successfully implementing a much wider framework of the IIP standard.

This recognition puts Greenbank in the top 3% of all IIP accredited businesses in the UK.

Comments from the IIP assessor include:

"Previously the organisation has found value in practicing the principles of the Standard, as a result, the purpose of this review was to be re-accredited with the Investors in People standard, and to be assessed against the wider framework with the aim of achieving bronze.

The strategic plan for 2010-2015 is currently under review, which will give clear direction and focus for the forthcoming years.

Learning and development of their people continues to be of high importance to the senior management team and the needs of the people are identified in line with the business aims and objectives.

Evaluation of learning and development has improved significantly since 2007. There is far greater emphasis on return on investment, value for money, etc.

People continue to work well within their teams, sharing knowledge and skills. There was evidence of the experienced trades people spending time with the younger generation, passing on their knowledge and expertise, as they did not want the industry to experience a skills shortage in the future.

People have the trust and confidence in the senior management team, they ‘see them working hard and pushing all the way.’ People described the business as being dynamic and energetic, which is mirrored in the actions of the senior managers.

People are proud to work for Greenbank; they believe the organisation is strong, which has been proven over the past two years.

The senior managers recognise the importance of continuous improvement and employee engagement, and have introduced Business Improvement Techniques. Whilst people are currently very positive about the drive for continuous improvement and understand the benefits derived in the short-term, they need to know this is a philosophy for the future, and not short-lived. A high proportion of the people are very positive about the next stage, which is involvement of the office staff.

Key areas of strength are:

- Strategic planning and review resulting in focus, direction, realistic aims and objectives,

- Key performance indicators used throughout the business,

- Clear vision and purpose, which people can articulate,

- Senior managers continue to value people’s learning and development,

- People work well within their teams sharing knowledge and skills,

- Effective recruitment and selection process,

- Effective senior management team, who are highly thought of and have trust and confidence in their leadership capabilities,

- People feel valued and appreciated by senior managers,

- People feel empowered to do their job, take ownership and responsibility,

- People are committed to the success of the organisation and have a sense of ownership,

- Effective induction process,

- Good understanding of the impact of key learning and development activities,

- Positive approach to continuous improvement, embraced throughout the organisation."

Charles Conroy, Greenbank's Managing Director stated; “The Directors and Management of Greenbank are delighted and proud to accept this standard in recognition of our achievements. We thank all employees and stakeholders for their ongoing contributions. Moving forward is all about continuous improvement and, as a team, we want to ensure this happens."

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