Employer Partnership case studies

Background

As part of the programme we want to celebrate and share the excellent offering of learning and development opportunities and support our partners provide their staff, so that others may learn from it. Platinum accreditation signifies that organisations are offering excellent development opportunities for their STEP staff within a supportive and progressive culture.

We have been working closely with our partners to provide valuable resources for the programme, producing STEP Journal articles and case studies.

Articles and case studies

Celebrating 100 Employer Partners

Case studies

Career Development in the Hybrid Workplace

Case studies

Rising stars

Article

Rising stars

Case studies

Building a growth mindset for business success

Article

Building a growth mindset for business success

Case studies

Holy grail of employee engagement

Article

Holy grail of employee engagement (October 2019)

Case studies

Building a progressive workplace culture

The world of work is changing apace, with rapid advances in technology, increased competition and demographic and social shifts, meaning that everyone must pay attention to the continuous development of their professional knowledge and skills in order to remain current in the workplace. Enlightened companies understand that staff engagement and morale is key to their success, with great performance highly dependent upon well-trained and motivated staff who are aware of their organisation’s vision, mission and objectives and how they, as individuals, contribute to the achievement of the strategic objectives of the business.

So how can companies build the kind of supportive culture that is essential for achieving employee engagement and hence enhanced performance? At its heart lies the need for plenty of opportunities for people to develop their skills, knowledge and competencies coupled with frequent communications and fair and transparent opportunities for progression.

A mark of companies that achieve STEP Employer Partnership Programme accreditation, at any level, is that they care about and invest in their staff’s development and progression. Development may come in many forms – from undertaking formal qualifications to a more hands-on approach to learning new skills, either by shadowing more experienced colleagues, working with a coach or mentor or making the most of learning opportunities on the go by accessing ‘bite-sized’ chunks of learning online. STEP Employer Partners work closely with their staff to ensure that learning is tailored to the needs of the individual as well as the business.

When it comes to progression, it’s important to have robust systems and processes in place so that employees have a good understanding of how the promotion process works and what is required of them at each stage. Some sort of competency model or framework is very helpful which defines the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for each role. Coupled with clearly mapped out career pathways, this facilitates awareness of appropriate next steps.

Critical too is the need for frequent communications between employees and their line managers, HR partners and mentors so that they can receive constructive feedback and create development plans that accurately reflect their needs and support their objectives. This might be via a formal performance review system but equally by more informal face to face meetings.

Below we look at how some of STEP’s Employer Partners work with their staff to make sure that they are able to develop their skills and knowledge appropriately in order to be able to transition effectively to the next stage of their career.

Article

Building a progressive workplace culture (June 2019)

Case studies

Thriving at work - mental health in the workplace

Mental health problems are endemic. A quarter of us will be affected by a mental health issues in any one year and of those nine out of 10 will experience stigma and discrimination as a result. Research according to the Centre for Mental Health, shows that mental health problems in the workplace cost UK employers almost GBP35 billion per year. In turning a blind eye to mental health, organisations risk the health of their people, their business bottom line and the effectiveness of the wider economy.

Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide.

By supporting and developing workplace mental wellbeing, we can build happier, better-engaged and more productive workplaces. Following our EPP Forum in May 2018, we gathered some insight from our Employer Partners about their experience of mental health issues in the workplace and the provision they make to address these.

Nine of our partners contributed to an article in the STEP Journal around mental health in the workplace outlining strategies to improve mental health and productivity in the workplace.

Journal Article

Thriving at work (October 2018 edition)

Cast studies

Does everyone need a mentor?

Mentoring is a powerful tool and is widely considered to be an excellent approach to organisational learning. 19 of our Employer Partners contributed to an article focusing on mentoring.

Many thanks to the employer partners who contributed to the production of this article.

BDO, Blackadders, BTO, Butterfield Trust Guernsey Ltd, Farrer & Co, First Names Group, Foot Anstey, KMT Partners, Meade King, Nedgroup Trust, Old Mutual Wealth, Pavilion Row, Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace, RSM UK, Taylor Vinters, Vistra Group, Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie.

Please see below case studies from those partners who gave permission for these to be published.

Article

Does everyone need a mentor? (March 2018 edition)

Case studies

Reflection - a tool for success

Six of our Platinum Employer Partners contributed to an article focusing on reflection.

For STEP’s Employer Partnership Programme, evidence of a reflective culture is an expectation of those aspiring to reach Platinum Employer Partner accreditation, the highest level of accreditation awarded to organisations that demonstrate excellence in developing their STEP members. We asked our Platinum Employer Partners (PEPs) to give us some insight on their reflective practice and how it empowers their business.

Article

Case studies

What makes a learning organisation

Eight of our Platinum Employer Partners contributed to a career focus article in the June 2017 edition of the STEP Journal.

Platinum accreditation signifies that organisations are offering excellent development opportunities for their STEP staff within a supportive and progressive culture. Full contributions from each Platinum Partner can be viewed in these case studies below. They showcase the great practice that goes on within these organisations.

Article

(June 2017 edition)

Case studies

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