Catsurveys are delighted to announce that we have been successful in reaching the finals of the Construction News Talent Awards for the following categories:
- Best Place to Work (under 300 employees)
- CSR Initiative of the Year
- HR Star of the Year
Being shortlisted in all categories that we entered is a fantastic achievement and we are looking forward to attending the CN Talent Awards evening at City Central at the HAC on Wednesday 20th November!
What are the Construction News Talent Awards?
The Construction News Talent Awards are made up of 17 categories that all champion values and diversity in their own way. From ‘Project Team of the Year’ to ‘Excellence in Learning & Development’, the CN 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.
The awards include individual as well as company awards for apprentices, graduates, health, safety and wellbeing, equality, diversity and inclusion.
Becoming an ‘Employer of Choice’
Our employees are the core of our company – without their hard work and dedication Catsurveys wouldn’t be where it is today.
We take a uniquely person-centred approach to employee wellbeing, offering the exact same level of support for mental health as we do for physical health. We publicly announced our commitment to this promise by signing the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ manifesto this year.
One of the most recent additions to our benefits package includes ‘Personal Health Care Days’. Our employees have access to paid time off to attend preventative health screening appointments – a big advancement in keeping our people healthy.
We have also introduced a working away credit system. This is where our employees who stay away from home are given extra paid time off in lieu of these nights away to spend with their families. Introducing this system enables us to help our employees improve their work/life balance which is extremely important for their physical and mental wellbeing.
Another benefit which we love to shout about is our annual CATFEST event, which has to be seen to be believed. This is our way of thanking our people for their efforts throughout the year and celebrating with friends and family.
We believe that for a company of our size, no one looks after their employees better than us!
Catsurveys in the Community
There are four main initiatives that we have been working on over the past year with Business in the Community (BITC) that form part of our ‘Catsurveys in the Community’ initiative. These are:
- Ban the Box
- Bridging the Gap to Success
- Business Class
- Give and Gain Days
Ban the Box: This year members of our team visited Wandsworth Prison for the first of many ‘Ban the Box’ engagements for Catsurveys. Ban the Box is an international campaign aimed at removing the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record from hiring applications. We’re supporting the campaign to encourage ‘fair chance recruitment’ practices by employers in the UK.
By visiting Wandsworth Prison, our team were able to witness first-hand the impact that time in prison has had on certain individuals, and how a bad decision early on in their life impacts their chances of employment and successful integration back into society.
Bridging the Gap to Success: BITC and Humanutopia gathered 100 disengaged young people - between 13 and 14 years old - to take part in a day of interactive and engaging activities to help them realise their potential. Members of the Catsurveys team took part in the workshop called ‘Bridging the Gap to Success’.
The students were of mixed academic abilities from schools in London. The pupils left knowing they all had skills to offer a potential employer, and that responsible employers look beyond just grades.
Pupil Referral Unit (PRU): When partnering with a school, companies aim to build long term relationships and develop employability skills and soft skills with pupils; we wanted to go one better than that, hence why we chose to partner with a PRU. PRU’s as a rule do not have access to employer visits and engagements from the business world, so we wanted to work with these ‘disadvantaged’ pupils to give them access to the same support afforded to their peers.
We work closely with the PRU to provide advice and guidance on things like CV writing, interview skills, how to recognise what skills they possess (aside from traditional academia) and developing vital soft skills for the world of work.
Give and Gain Days: Our give and gain days provide our employees with the opportunity to volunteer for a local charity of their choice for a day once per year, and receive full pay for the day too!
Our HR Star
Michelle takes a uniquely person-centred approach to Human Resources. One of Michelle’s priorities is to always make both the physical and mental wellbeing of the employees significant in her HR strategy. She actively promotes the importance of mental health within our workforce and removes the stigma when talking about mental health issues. Michelle has qualified as a mental health first aider to support our employees when they need it most.
Rather than partnering the business with a ‘mainstream’ school, Michelle chose the PRU to give us chance to work with the pupils who ordinarily wouldn’t have access to employer/workplace-based workshops, and to give them support and meaningful guidance in developing their skills and employability.
As a result of her commitment to helping the ‘disadvantaged’ young people in the community, BITC has offered Michelle the position of ‘Enterprise Ambassador’ so she can be a champion for what we are doing and hopefully encourage other businesses to follow suit.
Wish us luck!
Congratulations to all other companies that have been shortlisted for the CN Talent Awards 2019! We are looking forward to attending the CN Talent Awards evening at City Central at the HAC on Wednesday 20th November!