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Local Council Recognised as an Investor in People

December 22, 2016

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has been awarded the Bronze accreditation against the prestigious Investors in People Standard, demonstrating its commitment to high performance through good people management.

Since its establishment in April 2015 the Council has been committed to delivering value for money services to its ratepayers.  Council Officers work across a variety of services to ensure that Lisburn Castlereagh is the number one place to live, work and visit.

The Mayor, Councillor Brian Bloomfield MBE, commenting on the award, said: “As part of the accreditation process for the new council, employees were interviewed by an Investors in People assessor.  They spoke openly about the change management process, the management style within their area of work, performance areas, team working and the culture of the organisation. 

“To have obtained a bronze during a period of reform and within such a short time period is excellent.  This represents a true commitment of the Council to its employees.  This demonstrates a solid foundation of good practice which remains challenging and aspirational for many organisations.”

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success. Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive added: “As a relatively new organisation it is important to us to have obtained this IIP accreditation.  It is a morale boost for our staff to see that their hard work at all levels across the organisation is recognised. 

“Aside from the many benefits such as increased productivity, reducing absence rates and keeping people doing jobs they are good at and enjoy; at the end of the day we are all one team and regardless of which job officers do their contribution is very important to our overall team.”

Councillor Owen Gawith, Chairman of the Corporate Services Committee, concluded: “The comments provided in the final report showed a spectrum of feelings and perceptions of the staff and said that they are a good indication of the general mood of team building and job satisfaction.  I wish to pass my congratulations to all the staff within the Council and in particular to the Human Resources & Organisational Design Unit who co-ordinated the accreditation process. 

“There was certainly a lot of work involved and on behalf of all the elected members of the Council I wish to convey my congratulations to the Chief Executive and all employees of the Council,” concluded Councillor Gawith.

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