Catsurveys are delighted to announce that we have been successful in reaching the finals of the Construction News Talent Awards for the following categories:
- Health and Wellbeing Leader of the Year
- HR Star of the Year
It is a fantastic achievement to be recognised for the efforts of our HR Manager, Michelle Ball in these categories. We hoped to be shortlisted for just one award, and never expected two!
What are the Construction News Talent Awards?
The Construction News Talent Awards are made up of 16 categories that all champion values and diversity in their own way. From ‘Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year’ to ‘CSR Initiative of the Year’, the Construction News Talent Awards recognise the people striving to make our industry more inclusive, as well the businesses doing outstanding work to improve the construction industry’s reputation and employment practices.
This year, for the first time in the history of the awards, Construction News has individual as well as company awards for apprentices, graduates, health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion.
Why did we enter these categories?
As we mentioned when we reached the finals of the SME National Business Awards for Employer of the Year, there have been many positive changes at Catsurveys over the past year, and we felt these changes deserved recognition.
We have championed the wellbeing of our staff by introducing various new policies and successfully increasing staff morale. Our target for 2018 is to have Catsurveys recognised as an employer of choice within our industry and we believe that we are well on our way to achieving this!
Celebrating our Human Resources Department
Michelle Ball has been nominated in both the ‘Health and Wellbeing Leader of the Year’ and ‘HR Star of the Year’ categories. Since her appointment, Michelle has completely changed the culture within the organisation; she has made both the physical and mental wellbeing of the employees the priority of her HR strategy. Michelle always makes the time for her colleagues, regardless of what they need; she puts the ‘human’ back into Human Resources.
As a result of the initiatives introduced by Michelle, we have noticed an improvement in morale, engagement and overall employee wellbeing. The results from this year’s Employee Opinion Survey far exceeded those of previous years, with the majority of staff remarking that Catsurveys is a better place to work now than prior to Michelle’s appointment; she was even voted ‘Employee of the Month’ six weeks into her employment – a company record!
For these reasons, and so many more, we felt Michelle deserved to be nominated and recognised for her hard work at Catsurveys over the past year.
"I am absolutely thrilled to have made the finalists for ‘Health and Wellbeing Leader of the Year’ and also ‘HR Star of the Year’ in this year’s Constructions News Talent awards." Explains Michelle.
"For me, employee wellbeing should be the focal point of any organisation’s HR strategy, and I am truly working for an organisation that helps me make this a reality. We have made some fantastic changes to employee wellbeing since my appointment last June, and it is fantastic to have our company recognised for the massive efforts we are making!"
Looking after our employees
Our employees are the core of our company – without their hard work and dedication Catsurveys wouldn’t be where it is today. We believe that we should reward our staff for their hard work, and this year we carried out a comprehensive benefits review which has led to a 46% increase in benefits uptake. These benefits include; paid charitable work day, sick pay, company funded private health care and regular social events.
At Catsurveys we are working to be the ‘Employer of Choice’ within our industry and receiving this recognition from the Construction News Talent Awards is a fantastic step towards achieving this.
We look forward to celebrating at the Construction News Talent Awards ceremony on the evening of Wednesday 21st November at Park Plaza in London.