Inclusion Case Study; Supporting people and retaining talent

The path back to work Morgan Sindall invests time and other resources recruiting the best people to carry out the best job. However, circumstances out of people’s control can have an effect on this and as a responsible employer, we provide a responsive and flexible approach which then benefits everyone. Responsibility is one of our core values and we embed this into every part of our working life, whether this be our customers or our most valued resources – our employees. Unforeseen circumstances Andy Shields, senior quantity Surveyor in the Glasgow office joined the company in 2005 and since then has worked on projects including those for the Ministry of Defence. After an unprovoked attack in August 2010, Andy was left with a traumatic brain injury. The attack left Andy with damage to his frontal lobe which resulted in short term memory loss, fatigue and reduced concentration levels. ms1

The solution After months of therapy and specialist care from a brain injury unit, a clinical psychologist suggested Andy was ready to return to work on a phased basis. Internal discussions at Morgan Sindall had taken place to ensure that the role would be appropriate for his rehabilitation into the workplace. Morgan Sindall’s commercial director and the HR
department met with Andy and the clinical team to discuss his working environment and agreed a ‘return to work’ plan. Benefits and impact Andy’s confidence has markedly improved since his return to work and this is due to Andy’s drive and the support of colleagues who have assisted him. Sandy Dalziel, area commercial director, has provided valuable support and been a positive mentor for Andy. Andy is now working five hours per day, five days per week; this has increased from two hours per day, two days per week since his return in June 2011.