Chang­ing lives within the work­place

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A life- chang­ing adult learn­ing pro­gramme de­signed to build staff con­fi­dence, tackle com­mu­ni­ca­tion break­downs in the work­place by help­ing em­ploy­ees to speak out, and change at­ti­tudes, was a cat­e­gory win­ner at the re­cent Di­ver­sity Works Awards.

De­vel­oped by pri­vate train­ing com­pany Up­skills and bis­cuit and snacks maker The Grif­fin’s Foods Com­pany the Be Brave pro­gramme aims to in­crease work­place com­mu­ni­ca­tion, job sat­is­fac­tion and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Sarah Bal­four, di­rec­tor and co-founder, of Up­skills says in a state­ment that they worked with Grif­fin’s se­nior man­age­ment to cre­ate a pro­gramme that in­volves gen­uine in­put from em­ploy­ees at oper­a­tor level. “This has given them a chance to re­ally be heard and make a dif­fer­ence within the com­pany, for them­selves and for the busi­ness ...”

Su­san Walls HR man­ager at Grif­fin’s says the Be Brave pro­gramme has had an enor­mous im­pact “not only for our com­pany, but also for our em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies”.

One of those em­ploy­ees is oper­a­tor Krys­tal Maiden who has been with Grif­fin’s for al­most four years. A mother of two, she says she has learnt so much from the course in­clud­ing how to put her­self “out there” in the work­place.

She says she’s never had strong role mod­els in her life “but since I’ve been here at Grif­fin's I’ve man­aged to get a num­ber of cer­tifi­cates and I’m able to bring those home and show my chil­dren.

“Do­ing this course has made me re­alise I shouldn’t be afraid to put my­self out there to reach my goals to make my life bet­ter for me and my fam­ily,” she says.

“It’s given me the courage to ap­ply for a place on the com­pany cadet pro­gramme, which will give me ad­di­tional skills and lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment. For my kids to be able to see me achiev­ing th­ese things, it re­ally means a lot.”

The team from Griffins.

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