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Diversity Champion of the Year finalist: AJ Morrisroe

AJ Morrisoe & Sons already has a relatively diverse workforce, particularly in terms of ethnicity and national background.

With employees from across the European Union and beyond, a number of different languages and cultures mix freely on Morrisroe sites, meaning that the company’s biggest challenge and area of focus has been on getting them to work together effectively and efficiently.

The vast majority of the contractor’s staff are directly employed, allowing it to work closely on upskilling and providing personal development opportunities.

It has invested in video risk assessments and method statements in a wide range of languages to provide guidance for staff of any language background and ensure they feel included, and most importantly, safe.

The firm has also promoted operatives with strong language skills to help lead this diverse workforce, and provide vital communication links between management and site workers.

And it has developed and introduced language e-learning modules for those staff who might want to improve their English language skills.

“Increasing the number of women in the workforce has also been a focus, with the company working closely with the Women into Construction scheme”

AJ Morrisroe has broadened its apprenticeship scheme in the past 12 months and took on nine new apprentices in 2015.

In addition, increasing the number of women in the workforce has also been a focus, with the company working closely with the Women into Construction scheme, and also putting in place an effective flexible working arrangement for mothers. A total of three carpenters joined the company last year through the WIC initiative and have continued to progress.

AJ Morrisroe has also worked closely with its clients and suppliers on improving diversity, including with main contractor Lendlease, a fellow Diversity Champion nominee, on its rainbow laces campaign. It has ensured that sites include multi-faith prayer rooms to accommodate different religious backgrounds.

The company’s directors have led and backed the diversity strategies, and have also backed regular ‘climate surveys’ to get staff feedback on the company’s culture and training programmes.

AJ Morrisroe is committed to continuing on its diversity journey and has begun broadening its strategy in 2016 to provide more opportunities for staff with mental and physical disabilities, as well as LGBT employees.

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