Travel management company, Portman Travel, has been awarded the Investors in People (IIP) Standard in recognition of its commitment to the improvement and development of its employees.
IIP is a UK quality Standard introduced in 1991 with the aim of focusing organisational priorities and improving business performance through people. Portman Travel decided to undertake the accreditation to help employees better identify with Portman’s strategy, vision and values, as well as the part they play in the company’s success.
Portman’s team launched an annual employee engagement survey and appointed of departmental ‘team champions’ to ensure honest employee feedback and two-way engagement at different levels of the company.
This year will also see the third annual Portman Professional Awards take place, as a way of rewarding those that have gone above-and-beyond to make an outstanding contribution to the company.
A focus on learning and development was also key to the improvement strategy with more than 40 employees undertaking Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) accredited training programmes in 2012. A further 16 people are expected to complete ILM level three courses in 2013.
“The engagement of our employees has always been at the core of Portman’s strategy and it is important we provide a work environment where people feel valued, appreciated and involved in communication and decision making,” said Chief People Officer at Portman Travel, Dawn Murphy.
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