Investors in People status awarded to the Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has become the largest organisation ever to be recognised as meeting the Investors in People (IiP) standard.

The assessment covered approximately 276,000 people within MoD, which makes it by far the largest organisation ever to achieve corporate assessment with IiP.

The assessors singled out a number of excellent examples of good practice, including a sound approach to flexible working, giving staff freedom to work autonomously, and identifying talent and encouraging development.

Bill Jeffrey, permanent under-secretary for the MoD, said: “IIP recognition across the whole department is a fantastic achievement, particularly as it has been attained against a backdrop of change programmes and intense operational demands.

“The IiP process is, in effect, an audit of what we are doing to improve our management of people and, although there is much still to do, recognition confirms that we are on the right track.”

Simon Jones, IiP chief executive, added: “Employees are central to the success of any organisation and there’s a clear relationship between the way a workforce is managed, motivated and supported and its performance in support of organisational goals.”

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