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.
- 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.
- Support for the Skills Pledge in order to ensure that those with the least qualifications can build upon their experience and skills.
- Evidence of top level commitment to staff engagement, partnership working with the trade unions and professional associations, and front-line leadership development.
- 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.
- Recognition that there are benefits for both staff and the business from working with other organisations at a local labour market level
- Incorporation of the principles of diversity and equality into strategic plans and operational decisions.
- Efforts to take advantage of specific initiatives designed to promote employment and training opportunities, such as apprenticeships, for those not in employment.
- Appreciation of the business benefits to be derived from developing and deploying relevant, timely and accurate performance management information (including HR indicators).
- Values set out in a mission statement, that are put into practice by all managers and staff, which include honesty, integrity and confidence.
- Capability and capacity to make sense of the various initiatives and guidance promoting jobs and skills.
- Innovative HR practice and organisational development - aiming for higher standards and new ways of working that promote job satisfaction and organisational productivity.