Link rewarded for investing in its staff
Link was reaccredited as a Gold Investors in People and achieved Gold Investors in Young People as well as the Health and Wellbeing award for the first time.
Link is the 18th organisation in Scotland and the 7th housing association to achieve all three awards.
Ross Martin, Link Group Ltd chair, said: “We are delighted not only to retain our Investors in People Gold award but also to achieve the Investors in Young People Gold accreditation and the Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award. This is recognition of our commitment to the training and development of our staff, for now and for our future. “It is particularly pertinent in this the Year of Young People that we have been recognised as an Link is an employer of choice for young people.”
Peter Russian, chief executive of Remarkable, the home for Investors in People and Investors in Young People in Scotland, said: “This hat-trick is a fantastic achievement for Link. I would like to congratulate the organisation and its people on their ongoing commitment to continuous improvement.
“Investors in People offers a flexible, practical and easy to use business improvement tool designed to help organisations and their people achieve their objectives.
“The Investors in Young People framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but marks them out as an employer of choice.
“I am delighted to see that Link has achieved the Gold level accreditation for both these awards.”
Link received the accreditations following an assessment based on various criteria, including a staff survey and interviews as well as customer and stakeholder surveys. This feedback showed significant improvements in some areas including how well staff and customers feel valued and respected by the organisation.
Investors in People is the most successful framework for business improvement through people in the UK. Achieving the Gold award, represents a true commitment to employees and demonstrates a solid foundation of good practice which remains challenging and aspirational for many organisations.
The Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award offers organisations the opportunity to improve their approach to tackling areas that are negatively affecting employees.
Organisations are assessed in three key areas: Physical, Psychological and Social Wellbeing. Assessment against each provides a clear picture of performance in the areas that are vital to workplace health and wellbeing.
Investors in Young People is the only people-management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people. This represents a true commitment to the training and development of young people and demonstrates that Link is an employer of choice for young people.
The accreditation is offered to all businesses across Scotland and exists to recognise and support organisations across Scotland in the employment of young people.