As we recognise Living Wage Week, I thought it worth reflecting on our own journey to becoming a Living Wage Employer.
When we started training in January 2014, it was just Rick, my business partner, and I working from a small room in a business centre in Kirkcaldy, Fife. We were determined that we were going to grow a successful training business that was going to make a difference and inspire people to make a change. This has been captured in our motto “Inspiring people at work”: the play on words represents how we wish to inspire employers and employees in their workplace by bringing Clarity, Competence and Confidence but equally it reflects our view that we are physically engaged in the inspiration process and that is what we work at.
This isn’t restricted to the delivery of our learning, but is ingrained in everything we do.
For example, we support the Prompt Payment Code – we pay people on time, because we want people to pay us on time.
We treat people the way we would wish them to treat us. Treating people fairly isn’t just a nice thing to do, it’s the only thing to do.
And it’s the same thing with the Living Wage it’s a message that we value our employees and that we want to treat them fairly when they work with us.
And it’s good for business too; there is no denying that a team with good compensation and working conditions is better placed to provide a better experience to customers both internal and external.
Will it change anything? We sure hope so.
We hope that others will see, learn, and change.
You can find out more about the Living Wage, including how to become a Living Wage employer, by visiting the Living Wage Foundations website at www.livingwage.org.uk. If you have any questions about STAMC’s own Living Wage journey then you can contact us here.