Lisa Pearl: What weight does an employer accreditation add to your people strategy?

At Anchor, we are dedicated to supporting our employees who deliver high standards of care and great places to live for our residents every day. In 2022, we became an accredited real Living Wage employer and this year we were delighted to have achieved Gold accreditation in the Inclusive Employers Standard.

We recognise that our achievements would not be possible without the efforts of our skilled and dedicated workforce. These accreditations acknowledge their profound contributions and the organisation’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

As part of our people strategy, we strive to address the workforce challenges the housing and care sector faces and acknowledge it is important for us to attract more people to the sector to ensure we can continue to deliver high-quality services. Achieving our employer accreditations signifies Anchor’s long-term commitment to employees and ensures we are recognised as an employer of choice: providing a great, inclusive place to work that attracts and retains talented and highly-engaged employees ready to build careers with us.

At Anchor, we live by the values of accountability, respect, courageousness and honesty and they go hand-in-hand with our employer accreditations. We are committed to being among the best employers: providing competitive rates of pay, excellent benefits, listening and acting on colleague feedback, supporting wellbeing, and valuing diversity. By supporting our employees and creating outstanding opportunities to develop careers in a hugely fulfilling sector we know that employees will be better able to support our residents.

At Anchor, we seek to create a culture that is values-driven and know that by building a strong, skilled, and sustainable workforce we are well placed to continue to deliver the highest standards of care to our residents. We are thrilled to have received our employer accreditations and continue to make Anchor a great place to work.

Lisa Pearl is people director at Anchor