Avenues Group jumps to Silver Status Award by Investors In People

Social care provider, Avenues Group, has been awarded Silver Accreditation by Investors in People (IIP), demonstrating its passionate commitment to high performance through good people management.

Avenues is a not-for-profit specialist social care organisation which employs 1,800 people across the country. Avenues benefits from a wealth of collective experience from its staff who support people with disabilities and health issues so that they can live full lives in their local communities.

IIP is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. This was Avenues’ fourth IIP assessment which determines status using surveys, interviews, meetings and review of documentation.

When staff were surveyed it was found that Avenues’ strongest IIP indicator was ‘Living the organisation’s values and behaviours’. Moreover its employees throughout their responses overwhelmingly conveyed that they lived by the company’s values day by day.

For many employees the combination of enjoying their work and having strong and committed managers kept them at Avenues. This is due to the extensive support given to managers to develop their capabilities including leadership qualifications, bite sized sessions, workshops and coaching. Compellingly the IIP responses found that some managers were considered active role models and described as inspirational in the way they lead their team.

Deputy Chief Executive of Avenues Group, Jo Land, says: “We are delighted by the recognition we have gained through receiving the Silver standard from IIP. The feedback from the inspectors paints a picture of real togetherness and shared values across the organisation. We see this taking place throughout the organisation every day and it is fantastic to have it highlighted by independent assessors.”

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, says: “We’d like to congratulate Avenues Group. Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success. Avenues Group should be extremely proud of its achievement.”