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Published: Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

The team at South Essex Homes is delighted to announce that they have achieved the prestigious status of becoming an Investors in People Gold standard company.

South Essex Homes achieves IIP

The Investors in People (IIP) Gold standard was awarded to South Essex Homes following an intensive three day assessment at the start of February, which involved an assessor holding both one-to-one and group meetings with a wide selection of staff members from across the organisation.

During these meetings, the assessor was looking at the company against a set of criteria in areas such as consultation and engagement, innovation, social responsibility, openness and transparency, inspirational leadership and making the most of individuals.

Over recent months at South Essex Homes, dramatic transformations have been seen across the organisation including improved learning and development opportunities at all levels, better internal communication and a brand new approach to rewarding and recognising staff.

Mike Gatrell, Chief Executive, said: “This is a huge accomplishment that we are so proud to share. It would have not have been possible without the commitment and drive of every staff member to improve our organisation and share their own experiences. Employee engagement has always been really important to us and this is the icing on the cake that proves we have invested in our staff and continue to do so.”

South Essex Homes was first assessed by Investors in People at the start of 2016, when it was awarded the Core standard. The Board of Management then set staff the challenge of ‘Going for Gold’ and all teams have been involved on the journey to obtain this prestigious standard.

Having gone from Core to the Gold standard in just 12 months, South Essex Homes has attained one of the quickest ever achievements of this highest IIP standard of any company in the housing sector.

Tony Churton, Chair of the Board, said: “I have been most impressed, although not surprised, with the way teams have worked together in pursuit of this Gold status. The benefits of the underlying behaviours that have led to this award will be felt and noticed by all our residents, staff and stakeholders.”

Mike Gatrell continued: “As we move forwards through an ever-changing housing environment, here at South Essex Homes we can be confident that we have the strong team spirit we need to meet any challenge that may come our way.”

Councillor Mark Flewitt, Executive Councillor for Housing, says: “Many congratulations to all of our colleagues at South Essex Homes. This is just reward for the recent changes that they have made to improve staff communications, provide and promote development opportunities, and reward and recognise individuals and teams. Well done to all involved.”