The eight finalists in this fiercely contested category have all staked a claim to be the industry’s best contractor to work for.
CITA 2017 Best Place to Work Contractor Aarsleff Ground Engineering
Aarsleff Ground Engineering
Aarselff has expanded its office facilities by 60 per cent, increased staff levels by 65 per cent and changed to an open-plan office to encourage collaboration – investing significant sums in improving the environment for its workforce.
The firm is committed to the training and development of its entire workforce and gives employees the freedom to take responsibility for their own development. Being part of a wider group, with a head office in Copenhagen and others around Europe, has allowed the company to take part in an employee swap scheme.
CITA 2017 Best Place to Work Contractor Fluor
Fluor’s senior management provides funds to support various programmes and initiatives for Fluor staff. The committee supports a large number of sports clubs, including football, golf, badminton, squash, netball, basketball, cricket and more.
The firm also hosted a family fun day for the Farnborough Airshow where the company provided drinks and entertainment on campus as the airshow took place overhead. A survey showed that this initiative is having a positive effect on staff, reducing attrition rates through a more engaged workforce.
CITA 2017 Best Place to Work Contractor GKR Scaffolding
GKR Scaffolding has sought to put the development, engagement and wellbeing of each individual employee at the heart of its business, introducing its BetterFuture initiative. This is a commitment to continuous improvement, resulting in a highly engaged, motivated and skilled workforce.
There are defined career progression plans for staff at every level, a strong focus on health and wellbeing, and a 10-strong employee advisory board that advises the company’s leadership on how to improve communication and other areas.
CITA 2017 Best Place to Work Contractor McGoff Group
McGoff believes its biggest asset is its people, which is why it launched a major health and wellbeing initiative last year to help foster a happy and healthy workforce.
The scheme introduced monthly bulletins and used feedback to highlight issues important to employees, allowing leadership to address specific requests. McGoff also piloted a mindfulness initiative, giving practical support to employees, and offers a comprehensive range of employee benefits.
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CITA 2017 Best Place to Work Contractor Reconomy
Since July 2016, an average of two Reconomy employees have received promotions into more senior roles each month, reflecting its commitment to its own staff.
Last year the firm’s in-house training academy delivered more than 3,500 training hours to staff members, including more than 1,500 hours of training accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Reconomy also takes pride in smaller-scale measures to improve working lives, such as flexible working, finishing times at 25 and 55 minutes past the hour to help beat traffic, and a Christmas turkey for every employee.
CITA 2017 Best Place to Work Contractor Robertson
With 23 businesses spread across England and Scotland and more than 2,200 employees, Robertson Group has been on a steep growth trajectory for the past four years.
A recent highlight was the firm’s 50th anniversary, during which every employee received a personal letter from the chairman thanking them for their contribution alongside a cheque for £50.
Robertson has an active policy of promoting talent from within, with all vacancies posted internally first and numerous people sponsored through further studies to support their development.
CITA 2017 Best Place to Work Contractor Shaylor Group
The past 12 months have seen Shaylor Group continue to invest in the professional and social wellbeing of its team, including a £1.2m refurbishment of its head office to provide a better working environment.
Employees were consulted prior to the refurbishment, leading to a number of actions that were implemented during the project. The company offers its people a strong package of employee benefits too – and has seen staff retention rise by around 5 per cent in the past two years.
CITA 2017 Best Place to Work Contractor Wills Bros
Wills Bros Civil Engineering
A relative newcomer to the UK construction scene, Wills Bros Civil Engineering was established in Motherwell, Scotland, back in 2010.
As a growing organisation, the company has consistently looked for ways to improve the wellbeing of staff, encouraging retention while also working hard to attract new starters.
In 2017 it achieved Silver accreditation with Investors in Young People, reflecting the significant opportunities for career development that Wills Bros has offered younger members of staff.