Construction and civil engineering specialist, Graham, has been recognised by leading international experts and peers for the second time in four years for its consistent, innovative, and ground-breaking approach to employee health and wellbeing.
The prestigious award, which is an international award across all industries, was in recognition of Graham’s pioneering employee health and wellbeing initiatives during the Covid pandemic.
Initiatives introduced by the privately-owned construction company, saw tangible results including an employee turnover reduction of 50%, a 25% reduction in the average duration of employee absence due to mental ill-health, engagement rates soaring to 85% positivity, and 87% of staff rating ‘excellent’ for manager support and communication.
Investors in People is the international standard for people management and enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale. Last year, Graham was reaccredited with the IIP Platinum standard, the highest accolade that can be achieved against the Investors in People Standard and is currently held by only 3% of IIP accredited organisations.
Michael Smyth, HR Director, Graham said: “Over the past year, humanity has faced unprecedented challenges, particularly in relation to the pandemic. We knew that to make a meaningful difference, we needed to fully understand the challenges our employees and their families were experiencing and concentrate on a three-pronged approach: physical, mental and social wellbeing.
“We made a concerted effort to listen and involve employees in the design and implementation of our award-winning initiatives, as well as employing professional health and wellbeing experts, all to ensure we provided valuable support.
Graham have invested in the recruitment of a full-time Wellbeing Manager to embed health and wellbeing into the daily operation of the business and focus on tackling poor mental wellbeing which is prevalent in society and the construction industry in-particular.