Dialogue Survey - Your opinion matters!

All colleagues should by now have received an email inviting them to participate in ‘Dialogue’, the first Group-wide employee engagement survey. The goal of ‘Dialogue’ is to give all employees a voice, to listen, and to build a constructive ‘Dialogue’ that allows the Colas Group to create a better workplace.

The Dialogue survey coincides with the recent appointment of Colas SA’s new Group Human Resources Director, Amélia Irion, who since her appointment in 2020, has met with people across many teams, businesses, and geographies. According to Amélia, this led her to “appreciate the extent to which the values of caring, sharing and daring have forged Colas’ identity no matter where they work.” She believes that “to stay in line with these values in today’s ever-shifting world, one of our priorities must be to ensure a work environment based on well-being, where everyone can open their own way.

Whatever their position or language, Dialogue aims to reach out to all the Group’s 55,000 people operating in more than 50 countries and on five continents, giving locations around the world the feedback they need to create a better workplace. 

In order to guarantee complete confidentiality, Dialogue is being managed by the independent consulting firm Willis Towers Watson, who specialise in surveys of large international groups. Colas UK employees will have already been sent an invitation to participate, so please take the time to share your opinion about a variety of subjects about your professional life in the Colas Group, as your opinion matters and providing feedback will help to create a better workplace.

All answers will be treated by Willis Towers Watson in a strictly confidential manner.

TM trio show they care

If anyone ever had any misgivings as to the suitability of our Group Values – Caring, Sharing, Daring - the actions this week of three members of our Leeds Traffic Management team, should dispel any lingering doubts.

Whilst working in Dewsbury Road, Leeds this week, Ben Charnock, Martin Dunn and Colliston Edwards noticed a young schoolboy being bullied on the road ahead of them, with a number of children standing around kicking and spitting at him. The three colleagues hurried to the young boy’s assistance, stepping in and cleaning his face, before walking him back to his school and reporting the incident to the boys head of year. 

Talking about his colleagues’ actions, Traffic Management Programme Manager, Wayne Houghton, was particularly proud of their efforts. Wayne said: “I’m extremely proud of the way that Ben, Martin and Colliston acted in handling the incident. Not only did they stop the bullying, but they also used their own experiences at school to reassure the boy that it wasn’t his fault and that everything would be ok.”

Wayne continued: “We’ve been working really hard in Leeds to demonstrate our professionalism and to provide support within the local communities where we have traffic management. We often supply extra signs to show businesses ‘open as usual’ and we’re always looking to improve our pedestrian management in the areas where we’re working. I think that Ben, Martin and Colliston have represented Colas really well and showed an act of kindness, professionalism and empathy in a difficult situation.”

Since the incident, the child’s Head of Year, has written to Wayne and thanked the team for their prompt response regarding the incident.

COVID-19 Update Following UK Government Announcement

On Monday this week the UK Government announced that within England, Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown and the final easing of COVID-19 restrictions, has been delayed until 19 July 2021. Therefore, Colas will also implement Stage 4 of our return to work plan on 19th July. 

As colleagues are aware, we have extensive safety measures in place to ensure that our fixed locations are COVID-19 secure, including temperature checks, lateral flow testing and numerous sanitisation measures. NHS QR codes are also in place at our locations and add another layer of assurance. These are all working effectively and are providing reassurance that safety measures prevail and that our sites are COVID-19 secure. 

It is very important that all colleagues remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions through regular testing, temperature checks, washing of hands, observing social distancing and wearing a mask when appropriate. Please ensure that all COVID-19 testing equipment including masks should be disposed of in the appropriate clinical waste bins and not normal bins, and that these clinical waste bins are only use for disposal of COVID-19 tests and masks.

Ensuring the health and safety of all our colleagues across all sites and projects remains our priority, so please follow our simple checklist.

Online Compliance training proves a success

As you know, Compliance and Ethics are paramount values at Colas and every employee has a role to play in the continuous drive towards the highest standards. Given the importance, the UK Compliance team with support from the Executive team, arranged a series of refresher training courses to be conducted over the last few weeks. The training was implemented to ensure that colleagues would be prepared to deal with any compliance related difficult situations that might arise when carrying out their business activities.

Over 400 colleagues attended one of the three Microsoft Teams courses and received training on subjects including the Group Compliance Governing Rules (Bouygues Code of Conduct and Colas Compliance Process); the main areas of risk that we are faced with when carrying out our activities (Conflict of Interest; Anti Competition; Conflict of interest and Anti Bribery); and the tools and processes to be used for compliance with the Group rules.

Commenting on the training, UK Compliance Officer, Stefan Ciufu-Hayward said: “Due to social distancing restrictions, this year’s compliance refresher training was undertaken online. Although this is not ideal, and I would prefer for this type of training to be undertaken face-to-face, I felt that it was a good time to have a refresher training considering the recent updates on compliance tools and processes issued by the Group Compliance department. This type of training and the online game ‘Fair Play’ are both essential to ensuring that we carry out business in an ethical and compliant manner. For our Group, Compliance is as important as Safety and I am conscious that we are sometimes faced with difficult and tricky situations. Therefore, I wanted to ensure that all our colleagues knew what to do and how to react in such situations so that they keep themselves and our business safe.”

60 Second Interview

Plant & Transport Dispatcher (Central), Mark Durrands initially joined Colas as the Grantham P&T Administrator and Depot Supervisor. Over the past nine years Mark has been busy working towards his International Transport Managers CPC qualification.

Defibrillators in all our locations

Given the unsettling events that unfolded on the pitch during the Euro2020 Denmark v Finland match last weekend, we wanted to reassure colleagues that we have defibrillators in all our offices and on our main project sites, and that our First Aiders are fully trained in their use. However, anyone can use the defibrillators in an emergency, as the machine will talk you through the process and won’t shock the patient unless it is required.

New Starters

Terry Burns – Allied
Jermaine Morgan – Pre Construction
Chris Lee – Pre Construction
Darren Woodward – Quarries
Ashley Percy – Regional Ops South
Matthew Silman – Regional Ops North

Week 6

Our ‘walking team’ are still going strong as you can see from this week’s Leaderboard. However, if you’re feeling the heat and in need of some inspiration, we’re putting together our Top 10 ‘feel good’ walking songs, which we’ll publish next week. If you have a personal favourite, that inspires you’re walking, then please send it to us news@colas.co.uk. You can record your weekly step count here.

Clean Air Day 2021

Yesterday, Thursday 17 June, was Clean Air Day 2021, with the theme 'Protect our Children’s Health from Air Pollution'. Colleagues can read the most up-to-date information about air pollution on the Clean Air Hub and calculate their impact on air pollution by using the newly updated Personal Air Pollution Calculator.

Colas Supports Leeds Insight Festival

This virtual careers event organised by the Yorkshire & Humber CITB and Speakers for Schools is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the construction industry and for young people to experience what construction is like, showcasing the amazing opportunities within the industry! It will be running 28 June – 9 July and we’re happy to be supporting it.

New Vehicle Offers

Courtesy of our Procurement team, all Colas UK colleagues can click here to view the latest personal contract hire special offers from Arval, our fleet provider. If you have your eye on a specific vehicle then view the Arval website or contact our Arval fleet contact at Helen.Molyneux@arval.co.uk

Savings to be made!

Save up to 15% on tickets to Legoland, Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures Resort. Simply click here to find out more or contact the Customer Services team: csdept@peoplevalue.co.uk

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