Gravitate HR appointed by sportscotland

sportscotland, the national agency for sport in Scotland, has appointed Gravitate HR as an expert resource in a three year contract to provide outsourced HR services and manage a HR help desk available to all 50 Scottish governing bodies of sport (SGBs).

In addition to the online HR helpdesk and telephone helpline, Gravitate has developed the sportscotland HR Zone, available online 24/7 to nominated users with the SGBs. This innovative resource, containing a completely up to date library of HR policies and procedures, and template HR documents for the governing bodies, accessible in real time, anywhere in the country from any device at a time that is convenient for the SGBs.

Margery McBain CEO of Gravitate explains: “I believe firmly that people are the essence of any organisation and the style of approach and management of all at work significantly influences success. When people are drawn together by common aims and goals their energy and involvement can bring positive results.

“This is a critical time for sport in Scotland with the upcoming London 2012 Olympics and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. With the eyes of the world on the country, people working with sport, either as athletes or behind the scenes, are likely to be under a great deal of scrutiny. It is critical that we create a robust and responsive HR framework for those involved to allow them to do what they do well and to add value to their endeavours to create world class sport within Scotland.”

Targets and benchmarks have been identified to ensure a standard and quality of service. Both helpline and the online HR Zone will be closely monitored ensuring accountability and visibility for Gravitate’s service delivery. Reports for account management will also allow trends to be identified and strategic decisions made.

Following any changes in legislation, Gravitate can instantly update the relevant documents centrally, ensuring that SGBs always have the most up to date information available. SGB users of the HR Zone can choose how they want to contact Gravitate to ensure absolute privacy and confidentiality within an open plan office. The help line lets people speak direct to a member of the Gravitate team who will be able to offer advice.

Lorna Callan, Partnership Manager at sportscotland said: ‘We are delighted to have this expert resource service up and running for all governing bodies of sport in Scotland to use to support them in the day to day running of their organisations. It is important that we support SGBs to be well managed organisations and this is one of the ways we will do this. We believe that this service will provide the support and guidance that SGBs need and we look forward to working with Gravitate and the other expert resource teams to make the programme a success.’

Gravitate HR is a full service outsourced HR advice and support company specialising in workplace dispute resolution, performance management processes and HR policy. Launched in 2006 by Margery McBain, the company works with a number of high profile companies including Found Ocean and The Kitchin. Gravitate helps a broad range of public and private sector companies to manage employment related issues, in many cases working as part of the management team to help make difficult decisions about their team and the way forward.

sportscotland is made up of a head office in Glasgow, a high performance arm, the sportscotland institute of sport in Stirling and the institute network regionally. The sportscotland Trust Company operates three national training centres, Glenmore Lodge, Inverclyde, and Cumbrae.

For more information please contact: Sarah Lee.

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