Health and Wellbeing
98% of BAM employees feel mental health is an important issue
We actively work with our workforce and supply chain to eliminate accidents and injuries. The number of no lost time incidents increased from 144 in 2015 to 191 in 2016. The accidents that resulted in absences of up to seven days have increased from 38 to 43. The figure for major incidents of over seven days absence has decreased from 28 to 20.
Initiatives such as Safe2Start briefings each day and before new activities commence, and the annual BAM Worldwide Safety Day, have given a massive boost to health and safety awareness. Dedicated and accredited courses in risk assessment, fire and control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) have helped all seven of our construction regions to achieve the President’s Award from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
We support our employees' well-being by:
BAM encourages our employees to achieve a good work life balance and the company subsidises a staff sports and social club that offers regular social and sporting events around the country. Our employees have taken part in events across the country such as theatre trips, quiz nights, weekend trips away and taking the opportunity to try new sports and activities like paddle boarding, white water rafting, clay pigeon shooting and skiing.
We are increasing our focus on supporting mental health. We continue to promote the use of our confidential Employee Assistance Helpline, and in 2016 signed up to the Time to Change employer pledge, demonstrating commitment to raising awareness and ending stigma to mental health issues. 40 BAM employees have also volunteered to become Healthy Mind Ambassadors, to help us to be more open about mental health and encourage people to seek support if they need it.
Our people are our greatest asset. That's why we invest in their personal development and training so they can have a satisfying career with us and perform to the highest standard.
This starts with the development programmes undertaken by our trainees and graduates that prepare them for their careers with BAM and help them achieve professional recognition. In 2016 we improved the programme, and challenged our trainee and graduates to Enhance Lives over a six month period.
The 2016 our trainee and graduates programme was a great success, with help and support from the whole business, 48 young people raised £15,000 for nine different charities, and gave 1,323 hours of volunteering time which supported 20 charities and community groups. They took part in 75 student engagement activities that involved 2542 students, from 44 schools, colleges and universities. In total they connected with 3,851 people and improved 406 lives.
The BAM Personal Development Review process allows all employees to assess their capacity against a competence framework and identify areas for further development. The training needs arising from these reviews are then addressed through a comprehensive training programme including management skills, health and safety, new technology and commercial awareness.
It's important to BAM that we involve employees in maintaining and developing our ethos. Our Executive board stages an annual roadshow at nine locations throughout the UK to provide updates on company performance and strategy and to hear the views of employees.
Our intranet, social media channels such as Yammer, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, regular newsletters and an annual magazine highlighting individual employee and team achievements, distributed company-wide, also keep our staff up to date.
Sir Charles Kao University Technical College (UTC) combines academic and technical learning in science, engineering and computing. BAM designed and built the three storey timber framed UTC with large, open plan learning areas to encourage exchange of knowledge and ideas, as well Computer Aided Design (CAD) studios, science laboratories, 3D printing rooms and an intelligent studio flat to test new technology.
The new 72,000m2 complex brings together 3,000 staff from across the country in one modern workplace in Milton Keynes. Four buildings are linked by a bright central atrium.
The new SEN Stanley Park High School reused the site of the last long-term hospital for people with learning disabilities, Orchard Hill Hospital, which closed in 2009.