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October Overview – Robin Jackson

We are now mid-autumn where the months of September and October seem to be jam packed with Awards Events, Gala Dinners and Conferences. The Tux has already seen it’s fair share of action and the Taylor Lewis team were delighted to receive a winning award for our Passive Fire Project in the Health, Safety and Wellbeing category and a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Net Zero category, at the recent CESW awards in Bristol. Well done to all the shortlisted and winning companies and individuals!

At Taylor Lewis, it is that time of year for staff appraisals and pay reviews. I don’t think there has ever been a more important time in our business to support our staff both financially and from a wellbeing perspective, particularly given the current economic climate. Staff retention is so important for all businesses (especially SMEs), and we have really focused over the ‘post lockdown’ period to create a culture whereby staff feel valued and supported as we get use to this more hybrid working environment.

I would encourage all business owners/directors/partners, who don’t already, to consult with their staff to find out what drives them; what motivates them; what does their work mean to them and their families; and once you have this information, create a very clear business vision which aligns with the values of the staff.

As we are frequently reminded by CESW ‘Collaboration’ is a core value of the Construction Industry and I would encourage staff collaboration within your organisations to make sure the culture is as positive as it can be.

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