The Department of Commerce and Investment has been awarded the Investors in People Gold accreditation.
The gold standard is awarded to organisations that demonstrate world-class practice and operate at the highest levels of people management aligned to business strategy, ethos and values, the department said in a press release.
Investors in People, a United Kingdom non-profit previously owned by the UK government, manages the accreditation process though a framework that reflects the latest workplace trends, skills and structures needed to support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results.
Following an assessment of the Department of Commerce and Investment, Investors in People noted in its report: “Values are on the wall but you do not need them to be there to remind people of what they are. People are proud that they created the values affectionately abbreviated to RUB, in line with the vision and the mission. Decisions that affect teams and DCI as a department are made in line with the values.”
‘Respect for Others, Unity is our Strength and Belief in our Purpose’ are three values created by team members that guide their daily interactions and activities.
The assessment further said, “Innovation is the first word that greets people at the door, and innovative practices are the baseline of what the director has led the team to believe and achieve.”
The department was assessed against a set of indicators around leading and inspiring people, empowering and involving people, recognising and rewarding high performance, structuring work, building capacity, developing continuous improvement, creating sustainable success, among other areas.
Director of DCI Ryan Rajkumarsingh expressed his pride that the department and his team have received the accreditation. “We are excited to achieve the Gold standard on our very first assessment as an Investor in People. This is a rare feat for any organisation. This award really highlights our dedication to staff welfare, training, development and innovation,” he said in the release. “When we say we are a team in this Department, it is not just talk, it is how we operate on a daily basis.”
Deputy Governor Franz Manderson congratulated the department on its achievement, saying, “This accreditation is the latest example of a world-class accomplishment within the civil service, and yet another major award for the team in DCI.
“In commending the team at DCI I can do no better than to quote from the author of the report who stated: ‘DCI is the most unique government department I have ever had the privilege to visit and work with. The Director is a bundle of energy, passion and genuine affection and interest in his people. He is a natural leader and people person, supported by a team of people that love coming to work every day and, many admit, have been spoiled in relation to working anywhere else … The Director and team are further supported by a shared HR, who has a love of the work she does and the people she works with. This is a government department with a private sector feel.’”
In 2018, the department received the Top Employer for Medium Sized Business Award and the award for Excellence in Office Environment at the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resources Professionals annual conference.