Legal Recruitment from Ten-Percent Legal

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Investors in People – what’s it all about?

Ten Percent Legal Recruitment has been recommended for Investors in People status (still waiting for accreditation to be confirmed), and it has been interesting to see what the whole assessment entails. We have always been very open with everyone who has worked within the company and also anyone who has asked us questions about the company as well and we hope that this is a good place to work.

Obviously being in a sales and performance driven industry means that it is not everyone’s cup of tea, but the approach we have seems to be very open with very little discipline or rigidity in the way that we work. As a result of this, most of our consultants work on flexible hours and this means that we are able to recruit a good standard of consultant to work for us as they do not find many opportunities elsewhere.

The IIP basically is a way of recognising the way that an organisation works and giving it value so that external organisations can see that the level has been attained internally. We hope, for example, that local authorities will use us more, because at present they seem to only use the larger agencies who are able to spend the time dealing with the rather extensive paperwork that usually goes with that type of work. IIP should open doors for us in that some of these organisations may start to use us if they can see that we are of a similar level to the companies they’re currently using but considerably cheaper. It has also been useful to go to start the assessment in that it has made us look at our systems ourselves and see where we need to improve or create better procedures or protocols. Sometimes when you’re working within a company it is very hard to take a step back and see what you are currently doing and to improve it. You can also miss business or opportunities that are out there if you are not aware of all the work that is going on within the organisation. We hope that we are successful, but it has been very useful to start the process off in any event.

Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten Percent Legal Recruitment and can be contacted at cv@ten-percent.co.uk