[By: Shoreham Port]
Last week, we were delighted to be recognized at the annual CIPD People Management Awards. We won the national award for Best SME People Management Initiative for our values-driven transformation.
Our journey began in January 2020 when we updated our goal, vision and blueprint. We had a solid strategy in place, but we identified an opportunity to improve the way it was implemented. We looked at the relationships we wanted to create with our colleagues, stakeholders and clients and realized that a strong set of organizational values would be essential to our continued growth and development. We set out to create a set of values that defined the way we wanted to function, the behaviors we were looking for – basically the way we wanted to behave.
To create a set of meaningful values that not only embodied our current culture but were also ambitious, helping to create the future we wanted, we embarked on a series of ‘values conversations’ across the port. No stone was overlooked, and everyone had a voice in creating our new values. We were delighted to hear that the CIPD judges praised the way we approached creating our values and commented on how we really listened to the experiences of our colleagues in the field.
For several months, we have created a set of truly unique values. These went through many iterations, with the final set being perfectly suited to our culture. You can see our values on our website, including our visualizations, which was one of the innovative ways we incorporated our values.
The CIPD judges said our values were easy to understand, applicable and spoke the language of our colleagues. They felt there was solid evidence, good process, and applied rigor. We were delighted that they recognized the quality time we had invested in ensuring that our values were right.
Comments from the CIPD judges also revealed that they were especially happy that the impact of our values was well measured and that the data was being led, not only with HR metrics, but rather with strong evidence of real change. commercial. It was against the backdrop of a global Covid-19 pandemic, increased competition in the market and Brexit. These conditions have put the port under considerable pressure and our colleagues have shown immense resilience throughout, working tirelessly as key workers to keep the trade going.
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