In 2013 we were awarded bronze status for an Investors in People award and since then we’ve been striving to reach the next level. Recently we were awarded silver status and we’re extremely proud to receive this internationally recognised accreditation.

How did we do it?
All the staff completed an anonymous survey to provide open and honest responses about the company’s leadership, support in the workplace, training and development and many more work related topics – everybody was encouraged to say exactly what they thought. In addition, IIP assessor, Graeme Mills conducted 20 face-to-face interviews with staff to discuss the working environment, our ambitions as an organisation and generally what it’s like to be part of the Orchard team.

“Even though the survey only took around 10 minutes to complete, I felt valued that I could provide my honest feedback on how I feel about being part of Orchard, what the company direction is and whether I think we’ll get there in the right way”.

Silver status
IIP highlighted a number of areas where we excelled. Our strongest area was around leading people. Staff trust leaders within the business and believe that leadership communication is clear, open and transparent. Staff believe that our leaders set the tone and act as role models within the business.

Graeme Mills, Investors in People assessor commented, “The business is proud of its values. These are defined in The Orchard Way which is widely communicated and understood. People believe the values are genuine and one interviewee referred to them as the main reason they took up the post and others why they stayed within the business”.

The  assessment results and feedback from the IIP assessors is a great accomplishment for us as it really cements that Orchard is a great place to work. People management and looking after our staff is just one of our core values and achieving silver status is a testament to the hard working, loyal and passionate team that we have.

Ian Shard, Managing Director shared, “Graeme Mills has been Orchard’s IIP Assessor for a number of years. He really does understand our business and Graeme’s report has highlighted what makes Orchard such a great place to work. He has also given us a great insight into what we can do to become even better. We look forward to seeing what we can achieve by 2019”.

Here’s to reaching gold status or better!

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