OVER the past few months, a Warrington-based firm has won three business awards, been nominated for two more and received another important accreditation.
But election software specialists Democracy Counts Ltd is most proud of its newly-received standard Investors in People award – because it shows that they appreciate their staff are their greatest asset.
Achieving its Investors in People (IIP) award during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant more than just a vote of staff confidence.
Chief executive Simon Verdon said :“Gaining IIP status at a time when so many businesses have been forced to make staff redundant or even close has been part of an ongoing mission for us to show that saving on employee wellbeing is a false-economy.
“We fully appreciate our staff are the greatest asset we have, and this is reflected in our IIP feedback which highlights a clear purpose and vision, strong performance management, ownership and responsibility given to staff, and strong learning and development – all supported by a committed senior team.
“This matters to us, not just so we can add another gong to a trophy cabinet, but because there is an ethical case and financial benefit from investing in employees. In 2019, 70 million workdays in the UK were lost due to mental health issues, costing employers £2.4 billion – and this was before COVID-19 hit.
“Our headquarters are in Warrington, but as well as having staff working from home wherever possible in the present environment, we also have regional managers, sales, marketing and project teams operating in all corners of the UK.
“To keep performing effectively we believe it’s vital to act as a unified organisation – meaning nobody gets left out or behind, no matter how far apart people might be.” .