"The Rand Group has always had big ideas. Formerly known by the grand name of Universal Construction Services, the Lincolnshire firm has a staff of 402 and a turnover of £45m. After 30 years in the business, the four founding partners cashed in their stakes, and two years ago the company rebranded under the leadership of Jonathan Wells.
Fencing, drainage and groundworks services for Lincolnshire agricultural and housing firms were the mainstay of the original business. Today's group of individual companies goes further, covering civil engineering, building, road planning, plant hire and development throughout the east Midlands.
Core values unite the sectors, and significantly they include the empowerment and support of staff and the seeking of more — and much-needed — open and honest communication with them.
Keen to promote this, monthly workshops and ""toolbox talks"" help keep everyone up-to-date, and company memos are attached to all pay slips.
Our survey results bear testament to these efforts: four out of five employees feel they make a valuable contribution to Rand Group's success and more than three-quarters think they make a difference in the organisation, while 71% are excited by where it is going.
However, a quarter of staff say they have suffered stress because of their job in the past year and only 65% are happy with their work-life balance, despite having between 26 and 30 days' basic holiday allowance (which goes up to 30 days for long service). More than a third of the workforce have been at Rand for more than five years, although a commitment to training and development means they aren't standing still. Twelve days a year are dedicated to training and the group invested £211 per person on average in this area last year.
Benefits include subsidised canteens, the chance to join a bonus scheme, pensions and a death-in-service payment, although it is pride in a job well done that cements the loyalty felt by the friendly teams of staff — almost three-quarters say their work is not boring and a similar proportion say they would miss the firm if they left.
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