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Rapiergroup achieves Investors in People Silver

Accreditation comes after external management consultants advised the company to improve staff welfare

Pictured: Rapiergroup MD Helen Seaman

Rapiergroup has achieved Silver accreditation in the Investors in People (IIP) assessment at the first attempt.

The accreditation comes after external management consultants advised the company to improve staff welfare, and the company now has its sights set on Gold.

Helen Seaman, MD at Rapiergroup, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded the Investors in People Silver level at the first attempt. 

"In our industry we expect a lot from our people, who are often working long hours on site and can be away from home for extended periods of time. We recognise that if we want to deliver the best work that we can for our clients, then we need to be looking after our staff as a priority. 

"The Investors in People accreditation is recognition of our commitment to do the very best for our people at all levels within our organisation. It represents a significant step towards us achieving our core company objective of ‘being an employer of choice’."

Rapiergroup has put in place a variety of schemes to ensure that staff can achieve a work-life balance. Flexi-time is offered to all staff as standard and regular working from home is actively encouraged for those whose roles allow them to do so. 

When people have been working on site over weekends or Bank Holidays they are offered lieu days in exchange. The office closes over the Christmas holidays to ensure that all staff can have a proper break from work, while the firm's in-house rewards and recognition team provides rewards, such as massages and exercise classes. 

Seaman added: "In 2011 Rapiergroup employed external management consultants who identified that while we were delivering a great service for our clients, we were not delivering for our people. This led to the establishment of our vision ‘to deliver exceptional results for our clients and our people’. Our people strategy was implemented and the achievement of the IIP Silver is the first stage of the culmination of that vision.”

Organisations undertaking the Investors in People accreditation are benchmarked against IIP best practice and can be awarded the Core Standard, Bronze, Silver or Gold levels.

Kathryn Bell, director of internal operations, added: “In order to have achieved the Silver level of accreditation we had to demonstrate evidence of at least 76 additional requirements over and above the basic Standard. At the end of the first stage of our assessment we have been provided with clear guidance and direction about what we can be doing to improve even further. We’re currently putting strategies in place to help us achieve the Gold Standard within the next 12 months.”

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