Chartered Management Institute

We aim to turn accidental managers into conscious leaders to create better-led organisations.
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http://www.managers.org.uk

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This charity's mission is to increase the number and standard of professionally qualified managers. When it comes to its own managers and the rest of its team, the Chartered Management Institute seeks to lead from the front, always guided by its four values: being professional, progressive, passionate and practical.

CMI was founded in 1947 to help rebuild British industry in the wake of the Second World War. Today it has more than 143,000 members, including 90,000 learners who are studying for one of its qualifications and 10,500 chartered managers.

The institute offers a flexible work culture, development opportunities, including apprenticeships and mentoring, and employee recognition schemes. Regular short surveys are held, asking staff: “What else do you need that would help you?”

CMI's People's Choice award is held three times a year. Individuals or teams are nominated by colleagues, and the entire workforce – in Corby and London – votes for the outright winner. Rainbow Rewards, a scheme designed by a staff member, recognises individuals or teams that have gone the extra mile.

As part of its efforts to protect staff wellbeing, the leadership team introduced a walk and talk hour. All colleagues went for a walk at a fixed time, with no screens or emails allowed, though phone calls could be made. Quizzes and a book club continue to keep staff connected as they navigate new ways of working.

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My Manager

90% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

CMI has moved away from documentation to conversation. Regular meetings have been put in place for managers and direct reports to discuss objectives, what is going well and what support is needed. All senior managers are studying for the CMI level seven coaching and mentoring qualification.
Giving Something Back

85% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

In 2021, CMI introduced a paid day for all colleagues to give back to the community through voluntary work, as well as supporting those who do additional volunteering throughout the year with flexible working. The organisation continues to encourage recycling across the business and sends zero waste to landfill.
Leadership

91% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Chief Executive, Ann Francke, holds weekly sessions with all colleagues, providing business updates, shoutouts to good performers and Q&As. Also, she has introduced “Coffee and a chat with Ann”, where five or six colleagues from across CMI get together virtually for 30 minutes.
My Manager
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90% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

CMI has moved away from documentation to conversation. Regular meetings have been put in place for managers and direct reports to discuss objectives, what is going well and what support is needed. All senior managers are studying for the CMI level seven coaching and mentoring qualification.
Giving Something Back
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85% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

In 2021, CMI introduced a paid day for all colleagues to give back to the community through voluntary work, as well as supporting those who do additional volunteering throughout the year with flexible working. The organisation continues to encourage recycling across the business and sends zero waste to landfill.
Leadership
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91% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Chief Executive, Ann Francke, holds weekly sessions with all colleagues, providing business updates, shoutouts to good performers and Q&As. Also, she has introduced “Coffee and a chat with Ann”, where five or six colleagues from across CMI get together virtually for 30 minutes.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1947
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
42
Employee average age
37% : 63%
Male : Female employee ratio
54%
Employees earning £35k+
9%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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We are committed to creating a happy team by increasing engagement. We provide multiple opportunities for colleagues to share their feedback through weekly Q&As and as a result implementing initiatives, including 2pm Friday finishes, bring your dog to work, well-being days and social activities and inviting colleagues to join various clubs such as book, art and cooking. Employee engagement is critical to both our mission and to achieve results as we cannot be best practice managers and leaders without it.

Ann Francke OBE CMgr CCMI, Chief Executive, CMI

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