Isos Housing makes the gold standard as an Investor in People
Affordable housing provider Isos Housing is celebrating being accepted into the exclusive club of '˜gold' Investors in People employers nationwide.
The award puts Isos in the top seven per cent of accredited organisations across the UK who have committed to realising the potential of their people.
Isos, based in Newcastle, owns and manages more than 12,500 homes across the North East region and employs more than 400 staff.
The gold award for Isos is an especially significant achievement, as it means the landlord now holds the same accreditation as its subsidiary Cestria Community Housing, which went gold in October.
The two landlords together manage nearly 17,000 homes and employ more than 500.
Investors in People is the UK’s leading accreditation for business improvement through people management, and provides a wealth of resources for businesses to innovate, improve and grow, with a focus on ‘good people making great’.
Around 50 Isos staff were interviewed by an Investors in People assessor over the course of a week, looking at a wide range of subjects, including communication and knowledge transfer, training and staff development, leadership, coaching and employee engagement.
Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Isos on their gold standard. Such a high level of accreditation is the sign of great people management practice, and demonstrates a commitment to staff development and shows an organisation committed to being the very best it can be. Everyone at Isos should be extremely proud of their achievement.”
Steve Burrows, managing director of Investors in People North of England, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Isos and I would like to congratulate the team on their success.
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“We believe that good people make a great business and as a proven organisational development framework, Investors in People is designed to help organisations and their people to realise potential, enhance performance and meet goals.
“With their gold accreditation, Isos is certainly working to realise their people potential.”
Jennifer Flint, assistant director people at Isos, said: “Being a good employer is not just desirable – it’s a crucial part of how we run our business. We know that Isos succeeds when our people succeed, so it’s down to us to create the right environment to let them thrive, to encourage best practice and to set challenging goals.
“Achieving gold accreditation represents the best possible start to 2016, and we’re now motivated to build on this achievement and reach our goals.”
Isos was told that the measures which had impressed the IIP assessor included a strong approach to corporate social responsibility, its career development programme and the ability for front-line staff to put forward their ideas to improve services for the benefit of customers.
The gold IIP award is the latest endorsement for Isos as an employer in what has been a year of impressive achievements.
It recently heard that it has again been listed as a one star organisation in the Best Companies to Work For assessment.
In September, Isos was listed in sixth place on the inaugural Inside Housing Innovation Index, which calculates if an employer’s working environment is conducive to creativity and new ideas. Finally, it is being re-assessed to renew its ServiceMark accreditation.