The Standard is a challenging one to attain. To qualify Softwerx had to meet 43 evidence requirements including 'Effective Management', 'Positive Learning Culture' and 'Continuous Business Improvement Strategies.'
The Investors In People Standard is seen as a measure of a quality employer and for Softwerx, it's an acknowledgement of the effort of everyone who works for the organisation.
Managing Director, David Smart explains, "Cambridge is an extremely competitive place for IT businesses to find and retain good people. We know that our people are our best asset. We've worked hard on coaching, personal development and professional training, with the goal of being regarded as an organisation to have a career with. We see this award as a testament to that approach."
Staff at all levels of the business were interviewed and encouraged to be candid in their responses and feedback returned by the assessors included:
"The ethos for staff is excellent, with their views, opinions and suggestions sought and welcomed."
"Softwerx demonstrates a genuine commitment to learning and development."
"People believe this is a good place to work e.g. premises, conditions, flexibility, management support. They clearly enjoyed working for the company."
Recently-appointed Service Delivery Manager, Samuel Sesay, was singled out by members of the Technical Services Team, with assessors noting — "Samuel was highly praised for his people-management skills and effective one-to-ones."
Adriaan Bekker, Technical Director on gaining the Investors In People Standard, "We're growing all the time and our staff turnover is low. Awards like this show why. I'm heartened to see that investing in their personal development along with the individual's technical abilities has been the right strategy to take. It also benefits our customers."
Image: L—R Adriaan Bekker, Technical Director, Samuel Sesay, Service Delivery Manager and David Smart, Managing Director.
We spoke with our Technical Director, Adriaan Bekker after he returned from his visit in Washington D.C. to attend the Microsoft Inspire event. He was among 17,000 other attendees from around the world and from a wide range of organisations visiting the event.