Abode has been awarded We Invest In People accreditation – standard accreditation from not-for-profit organisation Investors In People (IIP) – in recognition of its dedication to putting employees first, and its efforts to ensure that Abode is a great place to work for all staff.
The IIP assessment took place in October and found that Abode employees were engaged and empowered by the business, with staff referring to the culture as supportive and 'like a family'. Furthermore, the company’s commitment to empowering and involving its people, building capability and leading and inspiring were among the top strengths identified by assessors, who spent time talking to Abode employees, as well as senior management before finalising their report. On leadership, one Abode colleague commented: “We get regular updates; the communication lines are much better than they have ever been. We have really grown as a business and there are lots of things in place now for us.”
The company was also recognised for how it involves staff in its commitment to continual improvement, with one employee stating: “This is the only company I’ve worked for where they take your suggestion on board and do something about it.”
Another staff member said: “We had absolutely brilliant support through Covid. I was at home for a few months and still felt a valued member, as we had regular catch-ups and updates.”
Commenting on the IIP accreditation, Abode managing director Matthew Pitt said: “Abode is a business built on its people. Our knowledge, flexibility and service ethos are part of our DNA. Customers buy from us partly because we are easy to deal with and that is all down to our brilliant team of staff. We are very pleased to have achieved the accreditation and we are looking forward to continuing to work with Investors In People so that we can remain a business that values people and supports them to achieve their full potential.”