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Stroud District Council has become the first council in the South West, and one of only three in the country, to achieve the new Health and Wellbeing Standard for Investors in People. It also retained the Investors in People standard for the eleventh year in a row.

Allison Sharpe, head of corporate services for the council, said:

‘An award for health and wellbeing may sound like we pamper our employees, but what it really means is that we have a workforce which is well-informed, motivated and focused on delivering the council’s objectives, and consequently the services our customers want. Our various initiatives have also contributed to a reduction in sickness absence of 28% between 2006 and 2010.’

Many areas of the council’s work were acknowledged, including:

• a recent revamp of its employee appraisal system, which was put together by managers and staff under the banner of ‘Work Positive’
• its flexible hours and...

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