Hello and welcome to my latest blog.
Where does the time go? My last blog was full of summer and music festivals and now we’re experiencing the first cold weather of the winter and definitely seem to be on the countdown to Christmas!
A lot has happened in the world of HR at the Chamber, not least of which was our Investors In People Gold accreditation
which was confirmed early September. After what was quite a stressful time preparing for the accreditation visit, we were so pleased to be awarded at this level. It provided us with an independent assessment confirming that our people strategies and policies were definitely on track and viewed as being of value to our business.
We have worked to the IIP framework for a number of years, progressing through the various levels of Bronze, Silver and now Gold and have found that it provides a structure to support us in implementing a HR strategy. Working with the framework challenges us to think a little differently as well. Innovative ideas for developing people have led to an established program of “Lunch n’ Learns” (yes, lunch is provided). These are delivered by members of the team who possess specific skills and knowledge which we felt would be beneficial to spread across the organisation.
We firmly believe IIP is a very worthwhile accreditation and we will be continuing to work with the framework as the organisation continues to grow. So many people contributed to our accreditation success that we felt we had to celebrate! A picnic was organised for the same week and a further evening celebration is planned later this month involving wine and curry....
So, what’s next for HR?
Well, we have just embarked on an important recruitment campaign to find our new CEO now that Mike Ashton has announced his retirement. This will be an important recruitment for the Chamber and our members, understandably there will be a rigorous progress! We will continue to use our method of competency based assessment and will also incorporate DISC profiling to give us an extra dimension to the decision making process.
Here at the Chamber we have used DISC quite a lot over the last few months as part of our leadership and management training program and find that it gives a valuable insight into the behaviours of individuals. Although we tend to view and refer to each other as colours now - apparently, I’m a mixture of three of the four colours! It’s a very valuable tool for recruitment as very often the interview itself will only give part of the story, so it’s important to incorporate other selection techniques into the overall process.
I’m very much looking forward to the 10th Worcestershire Works Well
bi-annual event where we once again will be recognising our newly accredited businesses taking place at Hogarths Stone Manor on Thursday 10 November. WWW continues to go from strength to strength with new organisations regularly joining us. Our event this time focuses on women’s heath and I look forward to seeing some of you there.
Director of HR
Dawn began her career working for IBM in a resource deployment role before moving to Business Link as a HR Advisor. Appointed Head of Human Resources for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce in 2007, Dawns role encompasses the complete HR spectrum from looking after the Chamber staff, to delivering IOSH training and sitting on the steering committee of Worcestershire Works Well.