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Craven District Council recognised as a good employer

Craven District Council has successfully retained the Investors in People Standard and a recent workplace staff survey has revealed that the Council is a 'good' place to work.

Investors in People (IiP) is a nationally recognised accreditation that is awarded to organisations that effectively manage and develop their staff.

Ruth Phillips, IiP Assessor has confirmed that she is satisfied beyond any doubt that Craven District Council continues to meet the requirements of the IiP standard.

The Council was in particular commended for:-

  • The investment in learning and development and particularly its Apprenticeship Scheme.
  • Engagement with staff around suggestions for change and improvement.
  • Flexibility of skills as a result of people within teams broadening their skills.
  • Its reward and recognition schemes

 

In addition to the successful IiP assessment, the Council's 2014 Staff Survey results are 'Good'.  The survey benchmarks the Council against a number of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Management Standards which include demands, control, manager's support, peer support, relationships, role and change. Craven District Council overall results for each standard are either 'good' or 'doing well' when compared to similar organisations.

The voluntary survey undertaken by external company Health e-solutions was completed by 85% of staff, indicating high levels of staff engagement across the Council. The Council sector average response rate is 45%.

Paul Entwistle from Health-e-Solutions said: "The Council should be encouraged by the positive results of their latest staff survey especially considering the many challenges faced by local government staff over recent years. Record participation indicates high levels of staff engagement and the Council rated highly against other similar organisations in important aspects like how workload is managed, the support provided to staff by the Council and how change is implemented. All factors that help to create a good place to work."

The Council's Corporate Head - Business Support, Samia Hussain said: "The IiP assessment and Staff Survey results provide a valuable barometer for better understanding staff views on where CDC is performing well and where it needs to sustain our existing good practice. The results will help us ensure that we continue to improve the working lives of our staff, as this is critical in providing the best possible levels of service to the residents of Craven."

Leader of the Council Councillor Richard Foster concluded: "I'm very encouraged by the results of the latest staff survey. The challenges facing local government are well documented at the moment. Having a motivated and productive workforce is the key to success and is pivotal in delivering services for our residents, businesses and visitors to Craven. It is great to see this borne out by both retaining the Investors in People standard and the positive staff survey results."