Human Resources and Training
Countryside is committed to providing a safe, welcoming and respectful environment for our employees to work in.
We are committed to providing equal opportunities for employment and progression within the business and improving diversity. We have an Equal Opportunities Policy in place which sets out how we do this, and have in place forums such as a Woman’s Group which works to improve diversity and the working environment within the business.
We put in place measures to make a career with us and in the construction industry an attractive choice for underrepresented groups such as young people and women which research has shown do not readily look at the industry as a career choice. In order to attract and retain the right people to deliver our products we ensure that staff have competitive salaries and benefits packages and all staff are paid above the minimum wage.
We have taken actions to encourage workforce diversity via anonymised CVs for recruitment, flexible working, family friendly policies, analysis of diversity across the group for monitoring purposes, and quarterly people review.
Bullying and harassment is not permitted and we have stringent policies and a Code of Conduct setting out rules on behaviour and respect for each other. There is no restriction on Freedom of Association or Trade Union Membership for our staff, and a Whistleblowing process is also in place to enable staff to report breaches in our policies and working practices. Managers receive training on these issues and in 2018 Manager Investigation Training will take place.
We have no non-conformances on Equal Opportunities or Human Rights issues.
All staff receive Personal Development Reviews each year in which Personal Objectives supporting the business objectives are put in place and reviewed and at which staff can discuss career development and any concerns with Senior Management.
We engage with our staff through regular updates on the Companies progression and performance and also via an annual Staff Survey, the results of which are analysed and disseminated through the Group and targeted improvements put in place.
We support the key requirements of the Base Code of the Ethical Trading Initiative. These are:
Employment is freely chosen
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining is respected
Working conditions are safe and hygienic
Child labour shall not be used
Living wages are paid
Working hours are not excessive
No discrimination is practised
Regular employment is provided
No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed.
We regularly participate in workshops and seminars on labour standards and legislation changes and are members of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Graduates and Apprentices
The Company operates a Graduate Scheme in which graduates are invited to apply for places within our business to enhance their knowledge and further their development. This is operated on an annual basis.
We also have apprentices in place in Head Office and Site based roles and encourage our sub-contractors to take a similar approach.