Home Group has achieved the Investors in People gold award by meeting 165 evidence requirements across the organisation. The gold award reflects the improvements and changes which have helped Home Group go beyond the Investors in People Standard it achieved in 2011.
IiP assessors highlighted Home Group’s ‘leadership pathways’ programme which prepares managers for more senior roles and others to develop as future managers. Evaluation of the first set of people taking part in the programme showed that 82 per cent improved their working relationships, 88 per cent took on additional responsibilities and 58 per cent have been promoted.
IiP assessors also focused on the extent to which Home Group’s core values, of caring, commercial, accountable and energised, were reflected in the way people talked about the organisation and their roles and responsibilities.
The introduction of performance-related pay was also remarked on as being important to Home Group’s effective people management. Home Group worked with Unite and Unison to develop a structure which uses external data and internal performance information to develop pay rewards.