Recruitment agency SteppingStones has been awarded Platinum accreditation by Investors in People, becoming the first organisation on the North American side of the Atlantic to reach that standard.
Investors in People is a public body in the U.K. that represents an international standard for people management. Working with clients across the globe, Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.
In December 2015, SteppingStones was awarded Investors in People Gold accreditation, receiving 100 percent on its assessment. Since then, the firm said it has worked to ensure that employees are developed, supported and encouraged in every aspect of their career. This effort resulted in SteppingStones becoming the first company on the continent to be awarded Platinum accreditation, according to the company.
Milly Serpell, managing director of SteppingStones, said in a press release, “We are truly humbled, honoured and incredibly proud to be the first company on this side of the Atlantic to be awarded Investors in People Platinum. We will continue to strive to provide the best environment for our team to work and grow in, as we believe this leads to the highest standards of service for our clients and candidates alike.
“Our team of staff are exceptionally competent, dedicated, ethical, diligent, professional and fun and we could not have achieved this incredible recognition without every single one of them.”
The rigorous accreditation process included an initial context discussion with IIP specialist assessor, Gill Brown, an online assessment for all staff, and a comprehensive interview process with the IIP assessor through closed interviews with all employees. The result of this process was the assessor’s recommendation to award SteppingStones with platinum accreditation.
Brown said that SteppingStones is “a very vibrant organisation and a small organisation with a big organisation feel”.
Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said, “SteppingStones’ approach and commitment to high standards of people management has helped to create an environment where staff feel valued, where talent is recognised and developed and people can thrive. It is an impressive achievement and something to be very proud of. To have attained Platinum accreditation is a remarkable accomplishment.
“Welcome to a select and innovative group of organisations – only 1 percent of the IIP community have reached this landmark level, and many will be keen to learn from your experiences as you continue to explore new ways to improve.”