Museum achieves Investors in People standard

06 June 2008

The Natural History Museum has attained the prestigious Investors in People (IiP) standard and is one of only a handful of Museums' in the UK to now be accredited.

The Museum was praised by the IiP recognition panel for a progressive approach to people management and development.

IiP is the national award that recognises best practice in business planning, management and training.  Seventy-one people from across the Museum -including research scientists, exhibition developers and engineers - were interviewed over a six day period. The final report highlighted several areas of strength in the Museum, including:

  • Corporate planning - providing a clear link with departmental and individual job plans
  • Learning and development - significant progress has been made over the last few years to ensure that clear strategies and systems are in place
  • Strong commitment to diversity and equality for staff - including forums for staff to discuss issues as well as consistent procedures when recruiting, selecting, inducting and appraising staff
  • People can clearly identify their contribution to the Museum's success and feel appreciated for their efforts.

Dr Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum comments, 'Attaining the standard was a key objective of the Museum's corporate strategy and we are delighted that we have been successful in achieving this.'

'For an organisation with almost 800 employees and a further 400 volunteers, students and scientific associates that work with us, we are particularly pleased that the panel felt that our planning and management systems were highly regarded by all professions within the Museum, from housekeepers to renowned scientific researchers.'

'Of course this is only the first step. We will be working hard to ensure that we are continually improving as we hope to retain this prestigious Standard in the years to come.'

John Telford at CQL comments, 'At CQL Group we passionately believe that to achieve full potential organisations need to nurture and motivate their workforce. We are delighted to see the progress that this world famous institution has made against the Standard, it is clear that a great deal of hard work has resulted in a very progressive approach to people management and development issues.'

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