Cabinet Office guidance


17 / 1 / 2012

The Cabinet Office has produced some key principles which employers should aspire to achieve to increase employment opportunities and become a socially responsible employer.
  1. A track record in developing existing staff to promote great careers and good business outcomes. All staff to take on a training role however small – making a contribution as a mentor, coach, technical adviser or teacher.
  2. Support for the Skills Pledge in order to ensure that those with the least qualifications can build upon their experience and skills.
  3. Evidence of top level commitment to staff engagement, partnership working with the trade unions and professional associations, and front-line leadership development.
  4. Exhaustive plans and efforts to ensure that compulsory redundancy is not the first step but a last resort as a mechanism for controlling labour costs – and where possible to try to create job security and certainty.
  5. Recognition that there are benefits for both staff and the business from working with other organisations at a local labour market level
  6. Incorporation of the principles of diversity and equality into strategic plans and operational decisions.
  7. Efforts to take advantage of specific initiatives designed to promote employment and training opportunities, such as apprenticeships, for those not in employment.
  8. Appreciation of the business benefits to be derived from developing and deploying relevant, timely and accurate performance management information (including HR indicators).
  9. Values set out in a mission statement, that are put into practice by all managers and staff, which include honesty, integrity and confidence.
  10. Capability and capacity to make sense of the various initiatives and guidance promoting jobs and skills.
  11. Innovative HR practice and organisational development - aiming for higher standards and new ways of working that promote job satisfaction and organisational productivity.

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