Operational integrity - recognising and developing people
"we have adopted the value of operational integrity as our guiding principle. This means reliability, responsibility and trust- worthiness. It is an ethos that is expected of all members of the team at all levels."
In July 2011, Almi Tankers became the first oil tanker management company worldwide to be fully recognised according to the UK’s Investors in People Standard, following an audit by IIP International at the company’s head office in Athens.
We believe that a tanker management company needs to be totally trusted to deliver a reliable service that is safe, environmentally responsible and punctual. This is why we have adopted the value of operational integrity as our guiding principle. This means reliability, responsibility and trustworthiness. It is an ethos that is expected of all members of the team at all levels.
The Investors in People (IIP) standard, which demonstrates commitment to growth and to improving business performance through the development and recognition of people at all levels, helps us adhere to our values; it has already enabled us to achieve our initial vision of growing into a reliable tanker management company characterised by its operational integrity.
Almi Tankers has always recognised people to be a company’s most important resource. For this reason, the company sought IIP recognition from the outset of its activities.
The IIP Standard was developed in 1990 in collaboration with leading UK businesses of all sizes and has become well recognised the world over. The Standard provides a framework of principles that are used to improve business performance and competitiveness through a planned approach to setting and communicating business objectives. The accomplishment of these objectives is achieved through the involvement and development of people.
The IIP Standard is one which can benefit any organisation, building an organisational culture of continuous improvement. For us, IIP recognition is a method of demonstrating our belief that our people are our most valuable asset.
The Standard represents a best practice in human resources by matching what people can do and what they are motivated to do with what the organisation expects them to achieve.
Furthermore, the framework helps people understand why their role is important in the achievement of the organisation’s goals. In an industry as dynamic as shipping, it is important that team members from all levels are fully committed to and engaged in the company’s objectives and the important concept of continuous improvement.
The IIP framework helps to establish an inclusive and rewarding working environment, in which people are given the opportunity to contribute to target and objective setting and are encouraged to identify the training activities and support they need in order to perform better.
By involving people in these processes and empowering them to make decisions and take actions with the support rather than specific direction of management, you encourage a sense of ownership amongst individuals for the tasks in which they are involved.
Almi Tankers is very proud to have become the first tanker management company in the world to be fully recognised according to the Standard and look forward to continuing our work with the team at IIP International in order to reach the highest levels of recognition.
For further information about Investors in People go to: www.investorsinpeople.com/