CIPD Awards 2014: Search is on to find the best places to work

The countdown is on for the search for the region’s best places to work and this is the last chance for firms to get in their entries

Last years winner Greggs plc receiving their award from past chairman of CIPD North East, Arnold Hood
Last years winner Greggs plc receiving their award from past chairman of CIPD North East, Arnold Hood

The countdown is on for the search for the region’s best places to work and this is the last chance for firms to get in their entries.

The Journal has teamed up once again with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development to host the CIPD Awards 2014, the crowning event in the calendar for HR and development departments.

Tables are selling out fast for the grand dinner which will see the winners crowned, including the triumphant winner of the Talent Attraction & Management Award, which was scooped by Greggs Plc last year.

As Elouise Leonard Cross, chair of the CIPD North East of England Branch, said: “Attracting the right talent to your business is key for any organisation, recruitment and onboarding of new people is costly so crucial to get right.

“This award recognises organisations using innovative and effective approaches to bring talent in to the business or to identify, nurture and grow existing talent within the business.”

Judges last year were impressed by changes at Greggs which had moved to a fully integrated recruitment process, by centralising recruitment administration activities, developing an in-house recruitment website, and establishing an efficient selection process.

With over 3,000 new starters into retail roles and 50-100 new shops opening each year, Greggs needed to ensure that its selection process could cope with this volume of activity.

The aim was to improve the candidate journey and improve talent attraction, enhancing the firm’s competitive advantage in a fast-moving market and reducing functional costs over a three year period.

An in-house recruitment website – www.greggsfamily.co.uk – was also launched during the judging year, which was designed to improve the administrative functionality, allowing applicants to log in once and apply for various roles, where previously they had to apply for each role separately.

Around 126,000 people were visiting the site every month, significantly reducing the firm’s recruitment agency costs by one fifth.

The CIPD is now encouraging other businesses to step forward and follow in Greggs PLC’s winning footsteps by demonstrating their approaches and initiatives that build talent pipelines and retain and develop existing talent.

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer