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The Argus Group has met the gold standard.

Investors in People Bermuda awarded the Investors in People Gold Level.

Don MacKenzie, partner of Management Solutions, which holds the licence for Investors in People Bermuda, said in a press release: “This is a wonderful announcement to make given the long-standing efforts Argus has placed in developing its team and thereby strengthening the overall organization. Not only does the Argus Group, as a Gold Accredited organisation, now sit within the top one per cent of UK organisations recognised by Investors in People, they successfully met 184 evidence points out of a possible 192, which is the highest score their assigned Assessor has ever awarded any organisation internationally.”

Argus first achieved Investors in People Accreditation in 2003 after successfully meeting the Investors in People Standard.  Since 2003 and especially over the past five years, Argus has increased its focus and investment in the development of its team. 

Mr. Mackenzie said: “Led by Wanda Richardson, vice president of Organisational Development, the decision by Argus to measure itself against the wider framework of Investors in People over that time is reflected in the company moving from Standard Accreditation to Gold Accreditation.”

To achieve Gold Accreditation, organisations must successfully meet at least 165 evidence points in their business strategy, learning and development, leadership and management, reward and recognition and performance management.

Alison Hill, CEO of Argus, said: “The past four years have seen tremendous change within the Argus Group and we have much to be proud of. We have worked hard to achieve a close, family environment at Argus, with a strong culture of teamwork, mutual support, engagement and empowerment. Our company has long been one that places a priority on our people and as a result our employees were found to have a genuine commitment to contribute to the delivery of service excellence and our customer-centric approach.

“I am particularly pleased that Investors in People recognised our efforts to ensure first-rate internal communications so that every employee is aware of the company’s overarching strategic plan and how their role contributes to meeting its business objectives.

“Our senior management team puts in place priorities and key performance indicators so everyone is aware of how they are helping Argus to achieve its vision at any given time. We encourage our employees to innovate, share ideas and challenge the status quo if they believe there is a better way of doing things. I am delighted that Argus employees were found to be very happy, confident, loyal, motivated and well-trained. I would like to take this opportunity to thank every single member of the Argus family for their positive energy, drive and passion towards helping Argus meet its goals.”

Ms Richardson said the company decided they could measure up to the Gold Accreditation.

She said: “This assessment, for us, was about measuring the success of the last three years of managing changes such as internal restructures, expansion of our marketing and customer service team and new processes and systems.  Achieving Gold level Accreditation is a testament to the exemplary leadership of our senior management team and their enthusiasm for making each member of our staff feel valued and trusted, along with the authentic commitment and hard work of every individual within the Argus team.”