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Feb 24 2005 15:57
Investors in people

Has anyone heard of this group/business ideology? Their working their way into various companies/universities and government organisations and seem pretty repulsive.

They offer the usual contradictory and vacuous business rhetoric, i think the place i work for is a member/advocate/whatever it means to be associated with this thing!

Heres some propaganda from their website

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Benefits of Investors in People

Over the past 12 years independent research has consistently shown that the Investors in People Standard provides real business benefits to organisations of all sizes and across the all sectors.

There are currently over 37,000 recognised organisations in the UK employing over 27% of the UK workforce. Every one of those organisations is benefiting from the Standard in one way or another and with a 90% retention rate, we must be doing something right!

The practical benefits of working towards and achieving the Standard are many and include:

Improved earnings, productivity and profitability

Skilled and motivated people work harder and better improving productivity

Customer Satisfaction

Investors in People is central to helping employees become customer focused enabling organisations to effectively meet customer needs

Improved motivation

Through employees greater involvement, personal development and recognition of achievement, motivation is improved. This leads to higher morale, improved retention rates, reduced absenteeism, readier acceptance of change and identification with the organisations goals beyond the confines of the job

Reduced costs and wastage

Skilled and motivated people constantly examine their work to contribute towards reducing costs and wastage

Enhanced quality

Investing in people significantly improves the results of quality programmes. Investors in People adds considerable value to The Excellence Model, ISO 9000, BS 5750 and other total quality initiatives

Competitive advantage through improved performance

Investor in People organisations develop a competitive edge

Public recognition

Investor in People status brings public recognition for real achievements measured against a rigorous National Standard. Being an Investor in People helps to attract the best quality job applicants. It may also provide a reason for customers to choose specific goods and services

and heres what YOU gain

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We cannot guarantee that Investors in People will solve everyone's problems, but it will help people learn how to work together to be, and produce, the best. This is good for the customer, the organisation and you.

As an Employee you gain:

Job satisfaction

A good working environment

Recognition and development

Pride in being part of a successful organisation.

The organisation gains:

Competitiveness

Greater profits and outputs

Customer Loyalty

A motivated and loyal workforce.

The customers gains:

Better customer care

Satisfactory service

Confidence in the organisation's ability to meet their needs.

Achieving Quality Work

The supply of goods and services depends upon people. It is clear that the better the people, the better the business. The most important investment any organisation makes is, therefore, in the people who work for it.

Everyone in the organisation must:

Know, understand and have agreed what is required of their job

Know how to do the job and why they are important

Have the necessary materials, tools, training and Information to do the job well

Be able to measure how well they are doing

Know what to do when things go wrong

Work within systems and guidelines designed to help, not hinder

Be led and guided by managers.

It's all very simple and straightforward. It's extremely effective and results are beneficial all round.

so basically the myth is that we become more and more satisfied, loyal and productive the more were exploited and utilised as comodities, pressumably the good working environment means sitting in an office full of people tapping away at a keyboard and coughing up their lungs!

The organisation was apparently founded by a group of business men around 10 years back. We should start a group that goes round business mens houses, drags them out of bed at 7 in the mroning and forces them to do hard labour for 8hours and then write a document pronouncing how much they cherish it.

Cunts!

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Feb 24 2005 16:23
Vaneigemappreciationclub wrote:
We should start a group that goes round business mens houses, drags them out of bed at 7 in the mroning and forces them to do hard labour for 8hours and then write a document pronouncing how much they cherish it.

Cunts!

When do we start?

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Feb 24 2005 16:28

IiP -- or "Idiots in Power" as it was named where I used to work.

Tragically (but not suprisingly) a fair few TUC-affiliated unions have bought this shit & either went for IiP status themselves, or see IiP as just the kind of "partnership" they want with the bosses.

Like you say........ cunts. angry

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Feb 24 2005 16:48

I think the union where i work is the PCS, Sewotka's the head, hes reputedly a 'leftie' but the union seems pretty impotent, they mainly seem concerned with helping women and minorties into management and getting discounts at tesco's.

If anyones working in a company where the IIP is in practice and they fancy organisng against it, or if anyone works for a temp agency or a government organisation which is represented by the PCS but is interested in undermining it then keep us in touch cus i'd definately be interested in doing some organising.

Unfortunately the public order laws and those ones promulgated in response to animal rights demonstrators seem to have legitimated against attacking the capitalist class either verbally or physically! Nonetheless if we get a big enough mob.....

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Feb 24 2005 16:53

Small world.......... I used to be a Branch Secretary in PCS when it was the old CPSA, before all the mergers.

CPSA used to be quite democratic for a TUC-affiliated union, 'cause virtually everyone was elected all the way up the structure. They even had a nutter like me as a Regional Secretary in Yorkshire & Humberside for a couple of years.

We're in the process of getting either Unison or Amicus here as a recognised union, & you get to elect your "rep," but after that, everyone's a full-timer.

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Feb 24 2005 21:51

Is there any room for influence in these unions? Obviously the leaders are pretty close to the executives and directors in terms of their interests but can you sway the vote or change the dominant ideas from within?

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Feb 25 2005 12:41
Vaneigemappreciationclub wrote:
Is there any room for influence in these unions? Obviously the leaders are pretty close to the executives and directors in terms of their interests but can you sway the vote or change the dominant ideas from within?

Ah..... anarchists & the trade unions. Hmmmm. I'm afraid I'm not going to answer those questions, but only because they're not the issues that made me get involved in/try to build unions in every job I ever had.

I suppose my questions would be.... are working people still involved in unions (Yes). Can unions (no matter how fucked-up) make a difference in improving the lives of working people? (Yes). Could they do it a hell of a lot better? (Yes). Is the power of a union the power of its members sticking together? (Yes).

On a more personal note (probably too personal for a forum like this, but here goes, anyway).... I did well at school & had opportunities my parents never did, & all that. And one of the proudest moments of my life was when we organised a demo/rally against the JobSeekers Allowance in my home town, got a good turn out, and the folks turned up to see me ranting for 5-10 minutes at the rally. Fuck it, I just love workplace organising.... I love pissing off the bosses, getting one over on them, all that kind of thing. It cheers me up & puts a spring in my step.

I'm starting to ramble now........

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Feb 25 2005 12:59

Dont you find that its hard not to sound like a cynical bastard when complaining about working conditions, pay and work in general, for example i'm always ranting, but if you suggest actually organising anything you tend to be met with apathy, people tend to be more content to just blagg their way through the day and go and get pissed or go to sleep!

What type of company do you work for? How did you puplicise the anti-jsa demo?

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Feb 25 2005 13:13

I've mentioned this on enrager before, but one of the tiniest yet most satisfying victories we ever got was getting the boss to go out & buy ice lollies for everyone on a red hot day. It made the boss look stupid, and made people think, Fuck, this is what can happen if we stick together for 5 minutes. Also, showing that health & safety is one of the most powerful tools for getting what you want in the workplace. In fact there's a SolFed leaflet on that very topic (the closest I get to the hard sell wink ).

At the moment, I work for a national children's charity. No union here, but in the process of setting one up -- not me personally ( wink ), although I am involved. Trying mostly to exclude managers & to include volunteers -- make it into a union for all workers, paid or unpaid.

As for the JSA demo, this was when I was a civil servant (boo, hiss, lackey of the state, and so on wink ). We used the local TUC as cover, basically. I remember being called into my regional director's office one morning 'cause he'd driven his car off the road hearing me on the radio describing JSA as "the biggest attack on working people since the poll tax." And I was absolutely fireproof, cause I was billed as the vice president of my local TUC, not as a civil servant (this wasn't even mentioned). Also, the TUC nationally picked up on some of our leaflets, materials, etc & distrubuted them nationally. The TUC is full of lazy, time-serving bastards, so if local union activists are doing stuff, they're happy to nick it & not look at the politics too closely.

We also linked up with Groundswell, which was a group led by unemployed workers. I remember the cops not being too happy with their massive "Fuck the JSA" banner at the demo

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Feb 25 2005 19:52

I got that stuff at work. It's crap, all it is it's some target that Top senior managment set for upper middle managers as a pay rise "Target".

Get me an award and you get a payrise. What happen is that "upper middle managers" develop selective hearing and eyes. We tell them "shit" they hear "I love you". They then report that to Top senior managment and they get an award saying how wonderful the managments are.

We also been told to lie to the people who comes around to "check" that the reports heard is in fact the case. I have been asked for an "interview" but I couldn't be ass to go.

Cheers for telling me abit more about what this thing is I havn't a clue what it was, the irony is I learn more from the circle A than I did with my enlighten management.

Oh they won an award by the way. wink

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Apr 13 2005 14:36

Haha, weve just had our review at work which is based on the testimony of a handful of people at work from general staff to managers, apparently we did very well in implementing and adhering to the corporate ideology of the 'Investors in people' strategy and we succeded in 3 out of the 4 areas of testing, the chief excutive has sent an email round saying how pleased she is for our hardwork and that some time soon were gonna have a 'small celebration' in each office! Give the dog a bone!

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Apr 13 2005 17:14

We're getting this investors in people crap brought in to my workplace at the moment. It's a totally transparent attempt to crank up the rate of exploitation. Unsurprisingly no one's been taken in by it and I even thought (briefly!) a bit of collective resistance might emerge. But instead people have decided to either keep their heads down or find another job.

If anyone has any top tips for surviving this rubbish witout too much stress i'd be grateful.

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Apr 18 2005 15:13

I dont know mate, it just seems as though you have to endure a lot of crappy business 'team' building and psuedo 'sense of belonging' bullshit, while being encouraged to become 'part of the company'. Every so long you get tested to see the extent to which your swallowing the bullshit they peddle at you and the more you replicate what they want to hear the more points you get, and you know what points win!

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Apr 19 2005 12:58

Was rover an investor in people by any chance? wouldn't surprise me.