Beard awarded gold accreditation from IIP

By Ben Carey on 23 February, 2023

Beard Construction has received a gold accreditation from Investors in People (IIP) for its ongoing commitment to staff health and wellbeing.

The company’s people-first approach, which includes family friendly initiatives and regional health and wellbeing groups, was the driver behind the certification. Its health and wellbeing strategy is based on consultation and feedback from people across the entire business.

The accreditation is recognised globally and verified by IIP which independently assesses all areas of the business including company policies, culture, initiatives, employee engagement, recognition and inclusion.

Neil Sherreard, Beard’s Deputy Chairman, said, “It’s no secret to be a successful business you first have to be a great place to work.

“This new accreditation is independent verification that our approach to wellbeing meets gold international standards and that our people first philosophy is effective in making Beard a wonderful environment in which to work.

“Even with the accreditation secured, there’s no plans to rest on our laurels. With our people at the heart of everything we do and the strategies in place, we will continue to improve the relationships we have with each other, improve how we work together and continue to create a culture of open discussion and continued development.”

Beard’s new health and wellbeing strategy is already well underway throughout the business. In addition to regional activities such as a new weekly exercise class in the Swindon office, Beard has launched its 2023 wellness calendar. This aims to provide all staff with activities and support with social, physical and psychological benefits.

Following the wellbeing certification, Beard plans to build on the work of previous years to secure the full Investor in People accreditation this year.