Wellbeing in Construction Summit, brought to you by UK Construction Week, is a one day thought provoking conference for business leaders, health & safety, HR, communication and wellbeing professionals to come together to learn, network and share the necessary strategies on improving physical wellbeing, personal and mental health within the workplace and amongst their construction employees. Attendees will learn from the industry’s leading speakers who will share their knowledge and experiences through a variety of seminars, best practice case studies and the opportunity to participate in a live wellbeing experience. Discover first-hand techniques on how to implement the right strategies and learn an understanding of the key business benefits (financial and people) of doing so.
- Understanding mental health in the construction sector
- The importance of diversity and inclusivity
- The impact of building design on employees
- Building a wellbeing culture
- How to manage employee health
The wellbeing conference will have plenary /keynote sessions, which will divide into two streams at different points throughout the day. One stream will focus on health and wellbeing in the workplace e.g building design, culture, employee diversity, workplace design.The other will focus on wellbeing and health on the construction site e.g air quality, safety.
08:00 Registration and Networking
09:00 Opening remarks from the Chair Stephen Haynes, Head of Programme, Mates in Mind
09:15 Yoga & Meditation Building Firm Foundations
- A discussion about the stress response - neuroscience behind it and how it affects our ability to perform in a business situation (The cost on the UK economy of Absenteeism £10.6 Billion/year & Presenteeism £21.2 Billion/ year (40% increase in the past 10 years!).
optional seated yoga pose to demonstrate how a simple pose can reduce cortisol by 25%
- Discussion of Yoga, its physiological benefits in relation to stress and how it serves as an introduction to mindfulness and the benefits of gratitude on mental health.
- Discussion of Meditation and its effects on improving performance by reducing stress and activating the right hemisphere of the brain.
- How this can all work in the context of construction and why it's time to start normalising these practices!
- To gain an understanding of the damaging effects of stress on the mind and body and how it impacts productivity
- Introduce simple steps to alleviate stress and bring focus back when feeling overwhelmed or distracted
- Take away techniques to combat stressful work situations
- Start a conversation around mental health in construction that is less conventional than the one currently being had.
Joanna May, Founder of Joanna- May: Q Yoga
10:00 Networking Wake-up Break
10:15 We Need a Burnout Revolution
The people that burnout are the strong, the committed, those that go the extra mile. It is a serious medical condition, and from this day forward must be treated as such. It is time to stop normalising burnout, and treat it, and people with the respect they deserve. It is time to name burnout for what it often is and that is TRAUMA, many will suffer for many years, many will not work again. No job should makes us ill or break us down. If only we cared enough to look after our colleagues and ourselves what a great culture we could build. Whilst an industry is all about constructing great things, let us ensure that it does not deconstruct its people in the process.
• To share the long term effects of burnout
• To name it as it is and that is trauma
• To share post trauma symptoms & the seriousness of burnout
• What burnout can teach us about humanity
• How to work well and stay well
• To share that being ill from work can't be right
Anna Pinkerton, Burnout Prevention Specialist, Kindness Incorporated
Why Wellbeing is at the Heart of Considerate Construction
Over the years, the shape of the construction industry has changed significantly. The top 100 contracting companies account for approximately 70% of the industry turnover, yet the majority of the non-managerial workforce working on site are employed by companies with less than 10 people. Workforce wellbeing is at the centre of a successful industry, regardless of what sector. For the construction industry this means raising standards in how sites, companies and suppliers look after their workforce. This session will draw on real life best practice examples and case studies in workforce wellbeing. It will also focus on how these positive practices can be adapted across the industry and in particular how main contractors can affect the wellbeing of the workforce employed by their subcontractors.
Mike Petter, Director, Considerate Contractors Scheme
11:00 Networking Refreshment Break
11:30 Wellbeing and the SME Challenge
SME’s and Micro-businesses are the back bone of the industry and one of their biggest challenges is lack of cash flow and delayed payments. This can massively impact on stress levels and wellbeing, so what can be done? In this session Maria will talk about the work she does with her clients to help them be clearer, in control and have the vision and values to build a positive culture in their companies. This not only makes a big difference to their wellbeing but also their profits.
For people to acknowledge the importance of vision, values and strategy and know what they can do to build a positive culture and increase wellbeing and their profits.
Maria Coulter, Managing Director, Construction Coach
Health in Construction - How to Walk the Talk
We are hearing more and more about the need to focus more on health in the construction industry - but what does this mean? What does this look like in practice, for contractors large and small? And what do we actually mean by health versus wellbeing?
Ian Strudley, Occupational Health and Hygiene Specialist, Balfour Beatty
12:15 Networking Buffet Lunch
13:15 Opening afternoon remarks from the Chair Stephen Haynes, Head of Programme, Mates in Mind
Opening afternoon remarks from the Co-Chair Matthew Holder, Head of Campaigns and Engagement, British Safety Council
13:30 Wellbeing Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth
Spending lots of money on initiatives to drive wellbeing is unnecessary and wasteful. We don’t suggest wellbeing is a waste of money but we don’t believe in spending money unnecessarily.
This session will tell you how you can achieve higher levels of wellbeing, engagement, productivity and business growth without spending money. We will tell you where to focus your wellbeing prevention and promotion strategies to achieve higher levels of wellbeing, better engagement and rewards that include lower turnover, reduced absenteeism, higher productivity and revenue.
- Understand how a focus on engagement helps businesses in construction boost wellbeing and productivity too.
- Identify the typical ‘high risk’ areas for wellbeing in construction companies.
- Share examples of no/low cost actions targeting site and office based staff
- Understand the benefits you can gain from implementing such actions
Michelle Bailey & David Bailey, Founders of People Essentials
Managing Wellbeing on Major Construction Projects
This session will look at the day to day task of managing wellbeing on major construction projects, Craig will reflect on his personal experience of managing mental health within a transient workforce of circa 2000 staff & operatives, the challenges this brings, and the support network required to do this. Craig will discuss the journey the construction industry has been on to recognise the importance of wellbeing and will consider the complexity of mental health and the role of the Mental Health First Aider. In examining some real-life examples, Craig will demonstrate that through understanding, providing support and getting the message out there, we can make a tangible difference and build resilience within our teams.
• Why is Wellbeing important
• Transient workforce – the challenges
• The Mental Health First Aider
• The tools to manage
• Resilience – a network of support
• What good looks like
Craig Small, Senior Construction Manager, Kier Infrastructure
14:15 Networking Coffee Break
14:30 Addressing Mental Health in Construction
Stephen will be exploring the question; what are we actually trying to achieve when addressing mental health in the workplace?
• What we mean by mental health
• Are mental health related problems on the rise?
• What is the impact to the construction industry?
• How can we best address this across our industry?
Stephen Haynes, Head of Programme, Mates in Mind
15:15 Networking Refreshment Break
15:45 Building a Wellbeing Culture
Over the last year Mace has been working to understand the Wellbeing of the organisation in order to develop a strategic approach to supporting employees. A Wellbeing Culture takes time to develop, and in the construction industry is a challenging task. In this session Mace will share the work undertaken to gain Board support for investment in wellbeing and how this strategic approach has led to the development of a sustainable five year health and wellbeing plan with KPIs linking wellbeing with business performance. The approach covers occupational hygiene, occupational health and wellbeing ensuring that Mace balances the management of health risk with the creation of wellbeing opportunities.
• How does wellbeing link with business performance?
• How to engage senior leaders with the wellbeing
• Getting momentum across the organisation to drive the wellbeing strategy
Dr Judith Grant, Director Health and Wellbeing, Mace Group
16:30 Closing remarks from the Chair
Stephen Haynes, Head of Programme, Mates in Mind and Co-Chair Matthew Holder, Head of Campaigns and Engagement, British Safety Council
16:45 Close of summit
Director of Health & Wellbeing
Dr Judith Grant is an experienced health and wellbeing professional having worked in both public and workplace health. Judith specialises in aligning wellbeing activities with business strategy and health risks.
Michelle is the founder of People Essentials the people and engagement specialists. She will be speaking alongside, David Bailey, a Chartered Civil Engineer with extensive experience of developing and delivering value added strategy and solutions.
Senior Construction Manager
Craig has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry working on a diverse range of small and large civil engineering projects. As part of the Kier BAM Nuttall Joint Venture team delivering the Earthworks contract at Hinkley Point C, Craig was responsible for the successful delivery of the six month Early Works contract on the nuclear licensed site and is currently the Senior Construction Manager for the large multi-disciplinary team delivering the complex Earthworks package for EDF Energy.
Craig has a strong background in the nuclear sector having been part of projects such as Project Circinus at AWE. Craig also acts as an Internal Consultant for Kier Infrastructure to instigate Behavioural Cultural change within the business, recently working with BAM Nuttall partners to develop a bespoke package of behavioural culture training for the Somerset based project team focused on delivering excellence in nuclear safety.
Head of Programme
Mates in Mind
Stephen designs, implements and manages workplace health & wellbeing programmes for employers. He also helps providers build and deliver wellbeing solutions for their employer clients. He has a background of working in-house HR, as external consultant as well as various sales, account management and marketing roles with health & wellbeing providers, including advising start-up businesses.
Burnout Prevention Specialist
Psychotherapist, business therapist, PTSD specialist and author, Anna Pinkerton, has nearly 25 years of experience in psychotherapy, consultancy and training. She began her study in Play and Art therapies, and is one of the United Kingdom’s leading experts in post-trauma work, pioneering the use of images to help people recover from trauma, chronic stress, PTSD, depression, and anxiety. She specialises in working with entrepreneurs and senior executives who have experienced a traumatic event, or are suffering from the debilitating effects of accumulated long-term stress, which can result in traumatic breakdown, a term she coined to describe the resulting damage to one’s mental health.
In line with neuroscience, Anna utilizes simple drawings to aid recovery for people in extreme distress.This method is described in her book How to Smile Again: Recovery for those in public life but in private pain, a transformational guide for high-profile professionals who have experienced trauma, providing practical and visionary methods for a robust recovery.
Occupational Health and Hygiene Specialist
Ian joined Balfour Beatty at the beginning of this year having worked for HSE as an inspector for 25 years dealing with the management of health risks, notably illness from asbestos, silica, lead and other hazardous substances including biological agents, and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), noise, vibration and skin disease. For the last few years he has been an active and founder member of the Health in Construction Leadership Group, and until his departure from HSE lead the regulator’s Construction Division Health team including acting as Chair of the ConIAC Health Risks Working Group encouraging the industry to ‘treat health like safety’. He has a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and a M.Sc. in Occupational Health Sciences. His new role involves stimulating further improvements in the management of health risks within Balfour Beatty to further reduce the toll of industry ill health and he is keen to focus on three priority areas of improving respiratory health, mental health and well-being and reducing the incidence of MSDs. With particular regard to MSDs Ian has set up and is now Chair of a multi-disciplinary Task group of the HCLG looking at ways to improve musculoskeletal health in the industry.
Considerate Constructors Scheme
Mike is a Director of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the organisation established to improve the image of the construction industry. Mike is a Chartered Civil Engineer who has over 30 years’ experience working in the construction industry and has monitored over 1100 construction sites registered with the Scheme, As such, Mike is ideally placed to provide best practice and guidance on how construction is improving standards in how it looks after the wellbeing of its workforce.
The importance of employee wellbeing has never been greater; the lasted ONS report has highlighted construction workers as having poor metal health and wellbeing showing the staggering figures of 1,419 suicides that took place within the construction and building trades between 2011 and 2015. It’s also estimated that work-related stress, anxiety and depression cost the industry 400,000 work days a year.
The construction industry is now beginning to place the same level of importance on employee wellbeing as they do on safety and are now actively developing wellbeing strategies within their organisations.
It’s time to act, book your place at the Wellbeing in Construction Summit and in just one day you can learn how you can develop and improve your wellbeing strategy.
• Offer a dedicated focus on employee wellbeing within the construction industry
• Provide an insight of wellbeing and the key components that make up employee wellbeing (mental and physical)
• Explore the business benefits of good employee wellbeing
• Discuss the role of leadership in embedding a wellbeing culture
• Focus on wellbeing strategies
• Provide case studies to learn from
• Offer practical example
- Balfour Beatty
- Kier Infrastructure
- Willmott Dixon Construction
- Galliford Try
- Mace Group
- VolkerWessels UK Ltd
- Vinci Construction
- Taylor Wimpey
- Multiplex Construction
- Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure
- And many more
- Chief Executive
- Managing Director
- HR Manager/Director
- Site Manager
- Health and Safety Manager
- Occupational Health Manager
- Wellbeing / Wellness Manager
- Health and Safety Professional
- Construction Director
- Head of Health, Safety and Security
- People Manager
- Health and Wellbeing Advisor
- Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager
- Health Director
- Head of Talent
- Head of Behavioural Safety
- Corporate Communications Director/Managers
- Internal Communication Director/Manager
- Director/Manager of policy
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