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Our values

Work/life balance

Our aim is to create a happy and healthy workforce.

We believe offering a work-life balance for our staff is the right thing to do. We support colleagues with wide ranging care responsibilities, and we have won industry awards in recognition of our work in this area.

  • Winner – 2017 Top Employer for Working Families
  • Winner – 2016 Scotland’s most Family Friendly Third Sector Employer
  • Winner – 2015 Institute of Directors Award for Family Friendly and Flexible Working

We strive to buy all our services from social enterprises and local business where possible. These include the Broomhouse Centre, FreshStart and Paper Plus.

We are an accredited living wage employer, paying a real living wage to all our staff, and where it is traceable, through suppliers.

Inspiring Scotland is committed to the principles of Fair Work First.

Our corporate values

Our vast experience in the world of business has shaped our corporate values.

We are bold:
We strive for a better Scotland.

We work with partners to identify and solve problems on a national scale. We develop new ideas and are fearless in pursuit of our aims. We are committed for as long as it takes, whatever it takes.

We are knowledgeable:

We work together and get results.

We place lived experience at the centre of our work and build networks and partnerships to achieve collective aims.

We work with expertise from people who experience challenges most directly, communities, and the voluntary, public, private, and academic sectors to design rigorous and innovative social solutions.

We study, research, evaluate, learn, and share our knowledge.

We are compassionate:
We believe in opportunity for everyone.

We recognise diversity in life experience.  We take time to listen, understand perspectives and build relationships.

We are effective:
We change lives for the better.

We collaborate with government to shape social policy. We connect people across sectors to create real and lasting solutions. Together, we are building a better Scotland.

It matters to us that we make a difference. We are not complacent in our work practices and will constantly challenge ourselves to improve.

Our environmental commitments

We cherish the world we live in.

In delivering our mission it is impossible to ignore the impact of climate change.

We are in a climate emergency. If we do not individually and collectively respond with speed, and drastically reduce our contribution to global carbon levels and environmental degradation there will be devastating and potentially irreversible consequences.

We believe that we must challenge ourselves to rapidly change the way that we work.

We acknowledge how much we still have to learn. By learning from others, we will develop our work to help organisations to reduce their impact on the climate, and to move towards being climate resilient organisations and support services.

We have signed up to the Funder Committment on Climate Change. 

Our commitment to Fair Work First

Inspiring Scotland is committed to the principles of Fair Work First.

Fair Work is work that offers all individuals an effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect. We believe Fair Work can boost creativity, realise untapped potential and increase productivity.

Since our launch Inspiring Scotland has adopted policies which support a positive working environment where the resources, talent and skills of all employees are maximised. These include:

  • Paying the living wage and guaranteeing a decent standard of income for all employees. Inspiring Scotland is a Living Wage Accredited Employer
  • Offering security of contract, including hours and other entitlements and benefits such as sick pay and pension. Inspiring Scotland does not have zero hours contracts or other forms of demand driven contracts. We offer a range of employee assistance schemes.
  • An award winning Flexible Working Policy and promotion of flexible working opportunities to ensure employees have good work-life balance
  • Equal Opportunities and reasonable adjustment policies
  • A wide range of staff development, training and wellbeing opportunities. Inspiring Scotland ensures a safe and healthy work environment where staff wellbeing is activity supported and provided.
  • A strong commitment to the development of Scotland’s young workforce through employment and paid intern opportunities.

We continue to develop best practice in support of the Fair Work First principles by:

  • Supporting and developing a range of channels for our employees to have an effective voice.
  • Continued investment in workforce development.
  • Ongoing development and action on policies relating to Equality and Diversity including action to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • Monitoring of pay and gender. Inspiring Scotland does not have a gender pay gap.
  • Supporting people to feel valued and respected and that they have a sense of purpose in work and wider society; and
  • Promoting innovation and productivity.

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We work with experts from the voluntary, public, private and academic sectors. Get in touch if you want to help us build a better Scotland.

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