The Good Employment Charter is a voluntary membership and assessment scheme that aims to raise employment standards across Greater Manchester regardless of size, sector or location through the framework of the charter.
The charter has identified seven key characteristics of good employment:
Persona has been a supporter of the charter since the end of 2021 and we have been working closely with the team at the charter to achieve member status. The charter has given us the opportunity to recognise the good employment practices that we have within Persona but also ensure that we continuously review and challenge ourselves to build on the good practice and improve.
One of the key areas that we have focussed on over the 2022/23 is in relation to inclusion and we have re-vamped our recruitment approach to remove any barriers and ensure that we are assessing candidates against our values. This approach has seen an increase in the number of candidates that apply for our vacant roles and then go on to be successful in obtaining a role within the organisation.
These efforts were also recognised at the Greater Manchester Good Employment Awards in April 2023, when Persona won the Most Improved Employer Award. This was a great achievement and only achievable through the collaboration of teams within Persona to develop, adapt and implement a new approach to address the recruitment challenges.
Well, this is just the start of the journey, we want to continue to invest in our staff to ensure they feel valued, cared for and can thrive at work and we have already introduced a number of new initiatives this year to support this such as our new:
We are also hoping to work with other organisations within health and social care to raise awareness about the charter and to encourage them to achieve member status or to work towards it, which in turn will drive up employment standards in Bury.