We’ve had an exciting and busy year celebrating successes with our customers, colleagues and friends, while also focusing on our commitment to continuous improvement in every aspect of our business. From fantastic award wins to engaging thought-leadership content, check out some of the triumphs and transformations we’ve seen throughout 2023.
Glad rags on!
We were fortunate to win some prestigious awards this year, being crowned Winner in the British HR Awards Technology Partner of the Year category was a coup or us! We attended with our fantastic client, Currys, who’s case study formed the basis for our win.
We were also recognised in the Disability Smart awards for our commitment to disability inclusion, something we’re extremely passionate about as a Disability Confident Leader organisation.
We also celebrated with our customer Wickes, who scooped the Digital HR and Technology Award at the recent Personnel Today Awards, following implementation of our empower® solution.
And we spent a delightful evening celebrating the success of our own stars at our first in-person annual awards event since the pandemic – and what a night it was! Our dedicated, passionate people make our business.
We’re dedicated to supporting our chosen charities and local causes close to our heart.
Our teams have volunteered at Wakefield Hospice, sorting and preparing donations, joined Candlelighters charity to help make the children’s Christmas party a success, and supported the Sue Ryder hospice, Manorlands, working in the gardens to create a more welcoming environment for patients and their families.
We also organised fundraising events for our chosen charities, including the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning featuring a friendly “cake-off”. We also championed awareness of important causes like wearing pink for Breast Cancer Now, donning purple on Purple Tuesday to promote accessibility for those with disabilities, and wearing white for lung cancer awareness month, raising vital funds in memory of our beloved colleague, Jo, for Wirral Holistic Care Services’ therapeutic cancer care.
Breaking down barriers to mental wellbeing
Over the past year we’ve continued to talk about the need to prioritise workplace well-being by bridging the gap between mental and physical health. Mental ill-health stands as the primary cause of absenteeism in UK workplaces, necessitating a holistic approach to supporting employees physical and mental wellbeing.
To support mental health in our workplace, AdviserPlus have three Mental Health First Aid Instructors and over 30 accredited Mental Health First Aiders, who make up more than 10% of our workforce. Externally, we’ve delivered over 165 workshops this year, from Compassionate Leadership to Mental Health First Aider training, to support for completing the Disability Confident scheme.
We equip individuals and organisations with the knowledge and tools necessary for a healthy workplace.
We believe in practicing what we preach, and our commitment to inclusivity and empowerment is reflected in the tangible steps we take to make a difference. In recent webinars, we’ve added British Sign Language (BSL) translations, using the services of an innovative AI company called Signapse, ensuring that our content is more accessible to the deaf community. This commitment extends beyond a one-time effort; it’s a pledge to consistently incorporate BSL translations wherever possible going forward.
Other inclusions initiatives included going beyond the traditional narrative on Menopause Awareness Day by including a male point of view. This helped challenge stereotypes and demonstrates our pride in doing things differently.
We also have two groups focussed on ensuring our inclusion and wellbeing agendas stay front of mind. InclusionsPlus and WellbeingPlus are made up of a diverse cross section of our business and meet monthly to plan activities to drive these agendas.
Thought leadership resources
As experts in employee relations transformation, we’re passionate about leading the charge in delivering the future of HR. With over 2% of the private sector workforce in the UK relying on our empower solution, we stay acutely aware of emerging issues and trends. Our proactive approach includes in-depth research, which explores critical drivers and common barriers hindering progress in HR transformation.
Our whitepaper, ‘Overcoming the Barriers to Manager Empowerment,’ offers a comprehensive exploration of obstacles and practical solutions, presenting an effective strategy for cultivating a healthy and agile workforce. This commitment to research, innovation, and actionable insights solidifies our position as leaders in shaping the future of HR. If you missed it, read it here.
Insights and engagements
Our events calendar kicked off early in the year with the HR Tech event, where we got to explore the latest technological advancements and emerging trends within the HR landscape.
We also exhibited at two CIPD exhibitions this year which enabled us to connect with industry leaders and share ideas and insights, allowing us to glean valuable perspectives on the evolving dynamics of the workplace. Our enthusiasm for driving the future of HR was further fuelled by the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking conversations and stay abreast of the latest industry trends. Read more about the insights we took from the last CIPD event here.
As an Empowering People Group company, we’re excited to share that we’ll be launching a new Empowering People Group website and proposition in the New Year, cementing how we come together as a group of four expert HR companies to simplify employee experiences and deliver the future of HR and learning.
Delivered at scale
In 2022 alone, empower® has supported
people process tasks
employee relations cases
tailored, templated letter generation
1 in 60
employees in the UK private sector