Construction firm wins accolade for promoting inspiring change in the workplace

GRAHAM Construction has won an ‘Inspiring Change in the Workplace’ award from the Civil Engineering Contractors Association(CECA) at a recent parliamentary reception.

CECA has recognised best practice within the construction industry for promoting fairness, inclusion and respect (FIR) with a suite of awards.

These recognise and celebrate the efforts made to make construction a fairer and better industry for all.

Winners were selected by an independent panel of industry experts, from a field of entrants that were varied and demonstrated an evolving understanding of FIR and how that plays out in the workplace.

Presenting the company with its award, Nicky Ernst of Highways England highlighted the citation of the judges: “The work GRAHAM Construction has undertaken to build a culture of fairness, inclusion and respect within the business is industry-leading, with leadership from managing director level down through the business and out into the supply chain.

“FIR Champions at all levels in the business have driven rapid changes in the company’s approach, leading to business benefits including a significant uplift in recruitment from under-represented groups, a massive reduction in staff absenteeism and more than £100 million in business from new customers.”

Alan Bill, managing director at GRAHAM Construction said: “GRAHAM Construction is delighted to have received this industry accolade. Our aim is to be an employer of choice where everyone is recognised and valued as an individual. A diverse workforce encourages a variety of new ideas that aligns with our key value of innovation.

“Also, we recognise that when an individual feels valued both their contribution and engagement increases. There is a direct correlation between increased engagement and business performance all of which aligns to our corporate values of openness, respect and performance.”

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