Announcement follows staff survey where 93% of the workforce say they would recommend EDDC as an employer

East Devon District Council has retained its Gold Investors in People  award for a second time, officially recognising that the authority is among the best employers in the country.

The accolade is presented to well - run organisations that go above and beyond in the way they develop, support and motivate their staff and just 7% of Investors in People (IIP) employers - both in the private and public sectors – achieve the Gold status.

The IIP standard is a tough challenge to meet with rigorous criteria around learning and development, leadership skills, and recognition and reward of staff, amongst others.

In her report to the council, IIP Assessor Julie Luscombe, who met staff and managers last month, said:

It is clear that you are an organisation that strives to continuously improve what you do and to want to achieve the highest level possible. 

Having worked with you over several years, I am always struck by the consistent aim for this across all teams in a very enthusiastic and collaborative way.

The award comes just a few weeks after the council reported excellent results from its annual staff engagement survey where 93% of staff, who responded, said that they would recommend EDDC as an employer. Almost 90% who responded, said they were happy with EDDC as their employer.

The survey featured several statements and questions where staff were asked if they agreed or disagreed with them. The survey was completed anonymously by 291 employees and there was a good overall return rate of 60%.

EDDC leader Councillor Paul Diviani said:

My warmest congratulations go to the council staff who I know are 100% committed to providing an excellent service and who all play a part in helping us to run the council efficiently.

Karen Jenkins, the council’s Strategic Lead for Organisational Development and Transformation, said:

We are immensely proud that we have been accredited with Gold status. The Investors in People framework has been an integral part of our organisational development work for more than a decade.

It’s always been our ambition to make the council a great place to work and this is borne out by the Gold status as well as our recent staff engagement survey. Achieving the Gold award reinforces the commitment, professionalism and expertise demonstrated consistently by our group of exceptional officers.

The Investors in People principles will also continue to guide us through the enormous change that we will go through in our relocation and changes to our work practices.