We are thrilled that Cirrus and our clients at RB are finalists in the prestigious Business Culture Awards. The hugely successful Connected Centre of Excellence programme has been shortlisted in the categories of Best Use of Innovation for Business Culture, Best Culture Team and Best Large Organisation for Business Culture.

The Connected Centre of Excellence programme supports RB’s new £105m Science and Innovation Centre in Hull, which represents the largest single investment in the company’s history. The centre has been designed to promote modern, collaborative ways of working.

This innovative programme has built on RB’s winning culture to boost levels of collaboration, engagement and empowerment across UK-based R&D employees. It has also helped to increase staff retention and reduce absence.

Cirrus worked in partnership with RB to engage colleagues across R&D, carrying out a series of stakeholder interviews and workshops and creating a ‘Pathway to Excellence’ to provide a shared understanding of RB’s journey. A network of RB champions became role models for collaboration, taking on responsibility for workshop delivery and becoming catalysts for a wide range of extra-curricular activities to connect and engage colleagues such as an RB choir, conga, bake-off, sports and gaming groups.

Cirrus also developed a unique visual identity for the programme which was extended across promotional items, workbooks, and other learning and communications materials. The Cirrus Strata digital platform provided access to a range of tools and resources, and also enabled participants to collaborate online.

“This wasn’t a top-down approach,” says Claire Gardner, Senior HR Business Partner at RB. “It was led by employees. A network of champions across R&D became cheerleaders for the programme.”

‘Working with the RB team has been one of the most rewarding partnerships in my career,” says Jenny Perkins, Head of Engagement at Cirrus. “At every stage they were curious and keen to learn, happy to experiment and extremely agile in changing and developing the programme and content. It was important that they ‘owned’ the activity from the start, using Cirrus as expert guides and critical friends, so that the culture change would be sustained and embedded in everything they did.”

The Business Culture Awards celebrate organisations who recognise how their people’s employment experience is fundamental to business performance. Cirrus and our clients Standard Chartered currently hold the Business Culture Award for Best International Initiative. This year’s winners will be announced at a gala dinner in London on Thursday 14 November.

Cirrus and RB are also finalists in the industry-leading CIPD People Management Awards, which celebrate and reward outstanding achievements in leading and developing people across organisations.

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