The Longworth Christmas Blog Review – Paul Smith 24 Dec 2019
Longworth Blog Advent 2019
Wow! What a fantastic response to the inaugural Longworth Christmas blog series. The strength and quality that the Longworth team deliver every day is clearly visible in the narrative provided in these blogs. The team mentality that delivers on quality and safety for our clients time and time again, stems massively from this team approach and I am incredible proud of every team member and the positive influence they have on the wider industry.
There is no doubt that Team Longworth has achieved great things this year. The commitment of the business and every team member within it is evidenced by the year on year increase in training investment, attendance and involvement in the newly formed SHEQ committee and the various awards picked up through the year.
Having one of our own, Gary Aspinall awarded the North West Construction Safety Group “Non-Safety Professional” 2019 award is testament to his commitment to SHEQ, but more notably, the wider environment created, that we believe is the very engine that drives Longworth forward. I have picked up on phrases such as “close knit family” and “our people” and I can’t help but feel a sense of pride that the business thrives because of the team members that make it thrive. Simple but vital!
Maintaining a positive influence is clearly paramount to the Team Longworth and as discussed in these blogs, this extends beyond the working day. At Longworth we are passionate about the person and the wellbeing of each individual. Rob Hughes has discussed the importance of extending the commitment to SHEQ to the home life and the importance being even more so over the festive period. Put simply, we care about the person, not the employee; although those that know Rob, will question the safety of his festive pants!
Our determination to be innovators for wellbeing in the construction industry is arguably most identifiable in the strides that Team Longworth has made this year in Mental Health. As leaders in construction, we all have a responsibility to raise awareness, but at Longworth, we have a desire to push the boundaries of what is expected. As discussed in the blogs, numerous team members, including Directors, have undertaken Mental Health first Aid training, 3 members of the team have achieved level 2 Mental Health Awareness Qualifications and our SHEQ Manager, Melissa Fazackerley has achieved her MHFA 2 day trainer qualification, enabling Longworth, through Mel’s expertise to start more training, in this vital area, to the wider industry.
Of course, all this said, we are still a business and business performance is vital to our success. But what we hope to reinvent is the journey that delivers that business success. Reading the blogs from a cross section of Team Longworth members, I take complete confidence that the message is clear. Short term margin is not the barometer of success. Longer term success and a much improved business model, stems from believing in, appreciating and truly valuing every member of the team, even if that comes with some expense to the business.
This is the Longworth way and a business model we vehemently believe in.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone x.
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Tom Herd - Senior Design Manager, Wates Construction