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: