Cayman Power Breakfast

The Power Breakfast at the Marriot Hotel, Cayman in June was an event celebrating local firm SteppingStones Recruitment being shortlisted for the 2016 Investors in People Awards.

Management Solutions spoke on Employee Morale and Non-Financial incentives and how the Investors in People Framework addresses this area of people management.

It was a major success with 90 attendees including Deputy Governor Mr Franz Manderson.

Conference held on "Authentic Leadership"

The conference was held at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel and included a number of guest Speakers and a discussion Panel of local Business leaders.

We spoke on how the 'Generation 6' Investors in People Framework directly addresses Authentic Leadership.

It was a hugely successful conference, with over 120 attendees.

Workforce Development Dept: Gold Accreditation

The Department of Workforce Development has been awarded gold accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating their commitment to high performance through good people management. Less than 7% of accredited organizations around the world have achieved a Gold level Award.

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.

Commenting on the award, the Minister of Home Affairs Michael Fahy said: “With a community of 14,000 organisations across 75 countries, successful accreditation against the Standard is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to sustained success. I would like to commend the Department of Workforce Development for their achievement.

“The process began with an ‘auditing’ of the department’s business strategy to ensure that clear objectives were set and supported by strong core values and a purposeful vision to govern the way it operates. Additionally, employees of the department had to demonstrate that learning and development opportunities were available to promote the advancement of skills and knowledge at every level."

"Leadership and management strategies were examined and measured by feedback from employees during a one-on-one intensive interview with the Investors in People Assessor who attended the department from the International Office in the UK. The impact on performance as a result of linking rewards and recognition to employee contribution was also assessed.

“The department was able to attain this prestigious award in less than one year which is unprecedented. Every employee worked hard to achieve this award – they participated in Lunch and Learn activities twice weekly in order to gain more knowledge about business operations and how their activities influence outcomes; they attended a 4 day Mirrors program to enhance team spirit; and every employee was assessed using the DiSC profiling tool which is based on the popular bestselling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

“their committees such as Health and Safety, Wellness, Joint Consultative Council [JCC] and Project Management were formed internally to ensure that all requirements to attain this award was satisfied.”

Operations Director of Investors in People International David Dale said: “Achieving the Investors in People Standard at Gold level is a fantastic accolade and reflects the level of excellent people management practices within the department. The positive energy and enthusiasm exhibited by staff during the accreditation process, together with high levels of engagement and empowerment, show that the department is truly worthy of this internationally recognised award. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

Eric Jenkinson, Principal, Management Solutions and Quality Manager IIP Bermuda said: “Attaining Gold level Investors in People Accreditation, and on their first assessment, has been a significant achievement by the Department of Workforce Development.

“Less than 7 % of accredited organizations around the world have achieved a Gold level Award so this shows how significant this is both for the department, and for Bermuda as a jurisdiction. This shows that government departments in Bermuda can be benchmarked against a global standard and prove that they use the Investors in People Framework effectively to enable them to become high performing organizations.”

A spokesperson said, “During the assessment by the IIP UK Assessor there was found to be many key strengths and areas of excellent practice within the department:

Stepping Stones receives Investors In People Gold accreditation

It is our great pleasure to announce that SteppingStones has been awarded the Investors In People Gold Accreditation, receiving maximum points on their assessment.

Since 1991 Investors in People have set the standard for better people management. Joining a community across 75 counties worldwide, SteppingStones’ successful gold accreditation is a sign of their ongoing effort to stay up to date with the best practices, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in the industry.

The award is a source of great pride to the company, and shows their dedication to creating the best possible environment for employees so that they, in turn, can provide the highest level of service to our clients.

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"SteppingStones Recruitment started working with Management Solutions almost four years ago and we have been nothing short of delighted with the services provided. The team have assisted us to develop a highly successful, values based and forward thinking company that we are incredibly proud of. They took the time and made the effort to really understand not only the culture of the company but every single person within our organisation, their personalities and how all of the pieces fit together. We have been exceptionally happy with all of the work that we have done with Management Solutions. They had some excellent suggestions for improvement for our organisation and always responsive to any questions that we had. The team are dynamic, flexible and passionate about what they do and we do not hesitate to recommend Management Solutions to anyone."

Ciara Aspinall, General Manager
Stepping Stones

The Corporation of Hamilton has reached a milestone in its quest to earn an Investors in People (IIP) designation.

Yesterday, licensed Bermuda IIP specialist Pandora Glasford presented the Corporation’s chief operating officer Ed Benevides with the organisation’s ‘Working With Investors in People’ Certificate.
Also present at the ceremony at City Hall was Eric Jenkinson, principal with Management Solutions, a Bermuda company which holds the licence for IIP for Bermuda and the Caribbean region, who said this was a “Fantastic achievement” for the City.
“The team at the Corporation began their IIP journey last year and having successfully completed the diagnostic stage and developed their IIP Active Plan are now officially classed as ‘Working With the Framework’.

“This is an official stage in the IIP process and shows real commitment to the implementation of the IIP concept by the people within the Corporation.

“This is the first organisation in Bermuda to progress through the new ‘Working With Investors in People’ stage and we wish them well on their journey.”

Eric Jenkinson, principal of Management Solutions, Pandora Glasford, adviser at Investors in People Bermuda, and Edward Benevides, COO of the Corporation of Hamilton (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)

FortisTCI Achieves ‘Investors in People’ Accreditation.

FortisTCI Limited, recently achieved the internationally recognized Investor in People (IIP) Accreditation, demonstrating the Company’s commitment to high performance through good people management. This became official upon receipt of the Certificate of Accreditation in early March.Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve maximum stakeholders’ value. Underpinning the IIP Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best on an international level.

FortisTCI embarked upon the process to accreditation with Investors in People in 2014, receiving a “Working with Investors in People” certificate in October of that year. Throughout 2015, the Company launched several initiatives geared toward achieving the Standard. Investors in People was undertaken by FortisTCI to maximise potential of its people by promoting employee engagement and participation and enhancing a culture of continuous learning and improving. This intense focus on people processes will have the effect of increasing corporate performance, improved operational efficiency, improved flow of communication within the Company and embed a positive corporate culture.

Eric Jenkinson of Management Solutions served as the Company’s Investors in People Advisor and FortisTCI successfully achieved its certification at the end of January 2016.To help achieve the Standard, some of the initiatives undertaken by the Company were: a staff sensitisation programme on employee recognition and rewards, regular celebration of employee milestones, the evaluation of training, improvements to the Company’s performance management process, including the introduction of self-assessments and the continued focus on leadership and management competencies through the launch of the International Leadership and Management programme (ILM).

FortisTCI employees serving on the IIP Advocate Team and the IIP Core Committee were: Sonia Williams, John Gardiner, Avi Adams, Kellie-Ann Evans- Hall, Bradley Jules, Tavardo Smith, Floyd Williams, Deanza Wilson, Lorenzo Fabien, Talisha Simons, Eustace Musgrove, Cecil Ingham, Ruth Forbes, Delma Harvey, Paulet Hall, Patricia Hamilton, Cleola Ward, Denard Sweeting, and Shequida Williams.Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate FortisTCI. Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success. FortisTCI should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell commented on the success and said, “The foundation of our strategic vision is our employees, and that is why we continue with our focus on investing in our people for the long term. It is because of them we are a great organisation that keeps getting better.”

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Photo of FortisTCI IIP Core Committee (L to R) – Talisha Simons, Sonia Williams, Kellie-Ann Evans- Hall, Ruth Forbes.