We will provide a safe and caring working environment in which our employees are respected, supported and flourish, and our business is productive and successful.
We are proud to be a significant local employer and an independent family business, and these are reflected in our culture which is open, caring and supportive. Yet, we are also very aware of the environment in which we operate – construction and waste are traditionally male dominated industries, our sites are located in some of the most ethnically diverse yet disadvantaged boroughs in London, and as we have expanded our locations, our teams are increasingly spread across the Capital, away from our head office. These and other factors bring challenges around equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) that, as a responsible business, we know we need to address. We are currently building our understanding of where our focus needs to be and will be setting meaningful ED&I targets and strategies to address these in 2023 and beyond.
At Powerday, health and wellbeing in the workplace start with labour and human rights, and health and safety, to ensure zero harm through our operations. We also believe that our responsibilities go well beyond this. We support our employees’ mental and physical health through many different initiatives and in 2023 we are reviewing these to ensure we provide support where it is needed most. We run a free gym for employees at our head office and participate in the Government’s Cycle-to-Work scheme that enables those who want to cycle to work to get a new bike tax-free.
We have a growing team of trained mental first-aiders available to help their colleagues at what is continuing to be a challenging time for everybody. We are taking further steps to support our employees including with discretionary cost-of-living payments over 2022/3 and with an extra friends and family day’s holiday.
Powerday has a culture of growing, developing and promoting talent from within. To support this, we developed our own Powerday Academy to deliver career support and training. We recognise employees with untapped potential and put them on bespoke career trajectories with structured plans of progression.
We believe that sustainability is everybody’s role and with that require all new recruits to undertake three training courses with Supply Chain Sustainability School, relevant to their role. Existing employees are also required to attend relevant courses with the School to develop their knowledge and skills in these critical issues.
“We have an ambitious HR development programme planned for 2023. Our main priority is training and development, and we will be using Powerday Academy to enhance employees’ careers whilst providing training that supports our business and sustainability objectives. We are excited to finish the Women in Construction course and further develop our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, as well as our health and wellbeing programme, to provide the best working environment for all our employees and for the long-term success of our business.” Charlotte Bones, HR & People Advisor