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Validium becomes a Golden Employer

28 February 2012

Validium becomes a Golden Employer

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The Validium Group cemented its reputation as an employer of choice when it became the first EAP worldwide to achieve Investors in People Gold recognition earlier this month.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be placed within the top 1% of Investors in People employers,” says Mike Shaw, managing director, The Validium Group. “Ever since we first achieved Investors in People back in 2002, our annual reappraisals have helped us to enhance our ability to manage and develop our people. When we learned of the new gold, silver and bronze standards, we knew we had to go for gold.”

To achieve Investors in People Gold, Validium had to satisfy at least 165 evidence requirements, covering everything from developing future capacity to encouraging work-life balance.  Validium scored a total of 175 – more than quadruple the 39 required to attain the basic standard.

The assessment, which focused on a site visit and interviews with Validium employees, found it “evident that the organisation is led and staffed by highly motivated, sincere and strongly focused people.”

As well as praising the top team for their inspirational leadership, the report also went on to commend Validium for its “clear set of values, duty of care and ethical stance,” and for the way its people place “value, quality, service and integrity” at the heart of everything they do.

“It’s particularly gratifying to be commended for practising what we preach when it comes to encouraging employees to look after their own wellbeing,” says Shaw. “Another bonus was external affirmation that the effort we put into fostering a culture of open communication and collaborative working has had a really positive impact on employee engagement and motivation.”

Overall, the report praised Validium for its “family/team ethos,” recent corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and ongoing commitment to developing “outstanding practices and service”.  It concluded that “everyone associated with the organisation is treated as important and their efforts valued.”