Staff at Southburn-based JSR are celebrating after the company was awarded the prestigious Investors in People Gold Standard.
Investors in People (IIP) Gold is a demanding standard that sets out a framework for evaluating how well a company connects strategy and operational planning with its people policy, and JSR are believed to be one of the first agricultural companies in the UK to be awarded the Standard.
JSR Chairman Tim Rymer said: “We are delighted to be awarded Investors in People Gold in an Olympic year. We have held the Investor in People Standard since 1993 and three years ago set ourselves a goal to achieve gold in 2012.
“During that time 18 new people initiatives have been implemented to help link our HR policy with our strategic goals and operational plans. I believe a well-thought out strategy implemented by well-trained and motivated people is the key to success. What we have done is make sure that it happens consistently in practice and it’s down to the commitment and hard work of the staff that we are celebrating this achievement.”
Investors in People specialise in assisting businesses who wish to improve their performance by supporting and motivating their workforce. The IIP Framework is outcome-focused and outlines what companies need to achieve in order to reach their performance targets, allowing them to decide themselves how they will reach their goals. This unique framework approach makes the IIP system flexible enough to be used by any organisation, regardless of sector or size.
Investors in People Specialist Anne Stockdale was impressed by the way JSR had incorporated people management best practice into their business, leading them to meeting the Gold standard: “I have been very impressed with the progress JSR have made during the last three years. Whilst they have always had good people development policies in place, they have now used the framework to introduce new initiatives and further strengthen the connection between their business strategy and people policy. I was delighted to be able to award them Investors in People Gold.”