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Investing in people proves just the ticket for Merseytravel: Program helps to reduce sickness absence and staff grievances

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 18 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to describe how UK passenger‐transport authority Merseytravel has benefited since earning Investor in People status three years ago.

Design/methodology/approach

Details the learning strategy that has helped Merseytravel to unlock the potential in its employees. Describes, in particular, a behavioural‐management programme for senior managers and the Merseylearn scheme to improve performance and service levels by increasing learners' motivation to participate in vocational‐learning programmes.

Findings

Reveals that Merseytravel has achieved savings of more than £150,000, reduced sickness by two days per member of staff and reduced staff grievances by 10 percent over that last three years.

Practical implications

Reveals that the training has helped Merseytravel to combat a “them and us” mentality that prevailed in parts of the organization.

Originality/value

Highlights how Merseylearn is meeting the challenge of delivering high‐quality learning in a round‐the‐clock peripatetic operation, helping to improve the skills of people across all levels of the organization, but particularly hard‐to‐reach staff.

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Citation

(2008), "Investing in people proves just the ticket for Merseytravel: Program helps to reduce sickness absence and staff grievances", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 16 No. 5, pp. 23-25. https://doi.org/10.1108/09670730810888474

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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