BS 76000 recognises the value of the people in your business

BS 76000 provides a framework for organisations to value people, for the mutual benefit of both parties.

People management standards such as Investors in People (IIP) have been around for a long time now and many organisations have benefited from working within their frameworks. However, the new Management System Standard, BS 76000, looks to go a step further by providing organisations with a complete view of how people processes fit into organisational strategy, highlighting how both employees and businesses can benefit from developing and maintaining excellent working relationships.

There is always room for improvement, and our experience tells us that even those organisations that spend considerable resources developing and engaging their workforce can experience issues with perceptions of fairness or consistency.

BS 76000 aims to address this by offering a structural approach for organisations to develop a management system which can be adapted to meet the specific needs of your organisation.

Anne Hayes, head of market development for governance at BSI, describes BS 76000 as “an over-arching management system standard that helps organisations to assess what they already have in place and address any gaps. It is the chance for those organisations which already demonstrate good practice to achieve recognition and gives those which are committed to improving, a framework to build upon”.

The BS 76000 standard was developed by experts from industry bodies, employers and unions, and refined by a 100-day public consultation. Care was taken to ensure that senior management was balanced with potential users, those representing workers and small business owners. The result is a standard which applies to organisations of any size, sector and at any stage of maturity. The BS 76000 standard is available to purchase from the BSI online shop.

INSPIRING now provides BS 76000 support in addition to our ISO consultancy services, all of which are delivered by our team of qualified ISO consultants.

If you would like to chat to us about how Inspiring can help you work towards achieving BS76000 certification, call us on 0800 612 3098 or get in touch using the enquiry from on the left.

People Standards – Consigned to The Past? Take Another Look!

Over the last 20 years there have been some well-regarded HR & people standards that have helped to shift the focus to their people. However, today organisations do not appear to have such accreditations as high on their agenda as they once did.

Through having discussions with businesses across sectors it would appear that there are several reasons why today such standards are just not as influential or seen as beneficial as they used to be: Here are a few that might resonate:

  • Pure investment in time versus other “hot topics”;
  • Absence of a standard that works alongside/compliments other accreditations held;
  • Value versus cost – seeing sufficient value-added outcomes to address key people & business challenges;
  • Organisations and their HR teams are much smarter at engaging with, and getting the best from their people and require a standard that supports, challenges and evaluates their people practices

What would make an organisation re-think?

 How about something new?

Organisations no matter what sector or size are likely to see tangible benefits from valuing their workforce in an environment which is fully supportive of achieving success through their people. Every employee, or potential employee has a ‘business wealth’ which in the right working environment, will contribute strongly to an organisations productivity and performance. Research has found that an engaged and involved workforce is a productive workforce

With this in mind, we would like to introduce the new people standard – BS 76000 Valuing your People, a British Standard that has been developed by BSI to evaluate how an organisation approaches valuing and engaging their workforce. However, the standard looks at much more than just procedures and policies but supports the connection of all relevant people practices to a common set of values and purpose forming a personal Valuing People framework. This allows an organisation to reflect and think about what practices and approaches they have in place to truly value their people with clear links to the business objectives and plans.  Leadership commitment to the People framework is fundamental and is measured as part of the standard to ensure that the Valuing People Framework is lived as everyday life rather than “we are doing it for XYZ Standard”. Live the benefits not the framework.

So where do you start?

Here at Inspiring Business Performance we support organisations across all sectors to work with and understanding how the standard sits alongside your people practices right through to the audit and successful accreditation, offering advice and support along the way.

Our support packages include consultancy and the price of accreditation and in most cases this package is less than other Standard’s assessments fees.

Please get in touch to discuss how this new standard – “BS76000 – Valuing your people” could work for your business by completing the form on the left, or give us a call on 0800 612 3098.

You can also visit our BS 76000 page to find out more.

 

Is ‘presenteeism’ costing you more than absenteeism?

The issue of presenteeism is becoming a common problem within the workplace, where employees continue to come into work when they are unwell.

Although this may sound like a good thing to HR professionals, it is thought that presenteeism costs UK workplaces £15bn per year – compared to the £8bn absenteeism costs. This is because many employees now feel pressure to attend regardless of the state of their health, potentially impacting the health of those around them too.

The negative effects of presenteeism

The CIPD’s 2015 Absence management survey report, produced in partnership with Simplyhealth, highlights that 31% of employers have seen an increase in presenteeism in the last 12 months. It also shows that presenteeism is more likely to have increased where there is a culture of working long hours and where the demands of the business take priority over employee well-being.

This presenteeism can be a big issue for employers, and as such they should take action to make sure that the culture of the business supports staff. A member of staff who is not fully fit enough to engage at work may be physically present but will not be making a proper contribution to the business, impacting not only the quality and quantity of the work they produce but affecting the overall working atmosphere, including for the people around them.

Having unhealthy people at work creates a vicious cycle. According to research undertaken last year by Canada Life Group Insurance, 89% of UK workers have come into work while sick and 71% of employees said they have become ill after another colleague came into work when unwell.

Healthy, happy staff are more productive

Organisations must look at ways to ensure that their business supports the physical and mental well being of their employees. Supportive management is one of the most important ways to do this, and also one of the most budget-friendly. Making employees feel encouraged and valued can be a huge motivator, and help ensure that staff feel they are understood and appreciated. This can have a great impact on a person’s overall wellbeing.

Working to create flexibility within the structure of the business, such as introducing flexi-time, can also help employees to create a better balance between their work and personal lives, reducing the need to take time off.

Achieving enhanced business performance through a healthier workforce therefore requires great commitment to the cause throughout all levels of the business, focusing on preventative measures rather than reactive solutions to minimise the high cost outlays associated with staff turnover and absenteeism.

The culture of a business should revolve around an environment where all staff are able to work to their potential, with the management team working together with employees to achieve the overall business goals. Implementing structures that allow for staff to generate ideas to improve the business as a whole is another great way to create a better, healthier sense of staff involvement through all levels of the company. This can be done through employee engagement surveys and regular employee reviews, to get people more involved.

To see business performance improvement across the board, companies need to recognise the importance of healthy, happy staff.

Team up with inspiring

INSPIRING provide a range of support for organisations looking to improve their Health and Well Being culture, including Employee Surveys, Leadership and Management Development and consultancy services to help implement BS 76000 – Valuing People standard.