THURROCK Council has retained its Investors in People (IiP) Gold standard following a two week inspection in July.
The council first achieved the gold award in 2013 and July’s inspection confirmed its status.
The latest assessment measures how the council works to improve performance and satisfaction among employees, as well as looking at how it reviews its practices and considers continuous improvement; empowering staff, as well as recognising and rewarding the work done.
It also assessed leadership and strategies, examining how effective they are, by the assessors talking to people in the organisation. In all, well over a hundred staff were interviewed.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of the Council, who was also interviewed during the process, said: “The gold award shows the council has continued to be an outstanding place to work with a clear commitment to sustained high performance, keeping staff at the centre of everything we do.
“Investment in our staff has a direct impact on the work we do to support our residents and we must continue to value each and every member of staff; they are the foundation of the council.”
He added: “I am very, very appreciative of the work that every single officer does and would like to pass on my thanks to each and every one of them.”
And Chief Executive, Lyn Carpenter, added: “This is the highest standard that the council could have achieved and maintains the Gold status we were awarded in 2013.
“The achievement of Gold IiP again confirms that our most valuable asset, our staff team, is a core priority.
“I regularly confirm that our most valuable asset is our staff – without their commitment, motivation and effort by our team, we would not be able to deliver on behalf of our local residents.
“I value and appreciated everyone in the organisation and I am pleased that the IiP assessment has confirmed that we continue to work hard to support our team.
Thurrock Council is in the top 3% of organisations across the public, private and voluntary sector who hold Investors in People and we should all be collectively proud of our team.
“Both assessors fed back to me that they had an enjoyable and memorable experience at Thurrock, meeting with some really great people.”
The final report not only highlights the council’s current good work, but also underlines areas for continued improvement for the council.