“When I joined Bibby Line Group, just over 10 years ago as HR lead, I knew I was joining a family business.
However what really impressed me was how far that family culture flowed throughout our teams and businesses. We may operate in different sectors, but we are one group, one family, with a strong, established set of shared values underpinning everything we do – how we treat and trust each other and work together, to constantly improve the way we work
Like you, I have a choice of where I want to work. I work at Bibby because I believe our group is a truly great place to work, with great people, doing great things. As part of Compass, we want to continue doing these positive things, but push ourselves to do even more in the areas you fed back you wanted to see increased activity.
That’s why we’ll initially focusing on our three trailblazer areas of 1) Health and Wellbeing, so that we feel all have the best chance to be happy and healthy at work, 2) Active Inclusion, so we all feel welcome and accepted, and 3) Learning and Development, so we can better support each other to learn and reach our full potential.
With the ‘trade winds’ that Compass is generating, now is the perfect time to start working closer together, to share our plans, tools, ideas and our success stories so we can inspire others. Below is just a summary of the steps we are taking to keep our colleagues safe at work and celebrate, respect and value them for who they are and what they do. We’d love for you to join us on this journey.”
Jacqui Barker, BLG HR and Communications Lead and People Point Lead
We all want to be healthy, happy and safe at work. That’s why we’re focusing on harnessing the power of our group to deliver a shared wellbeing programme that is better enabled to support colleagues’ physical, social and emotional needs. By working together, aligning plans, best practice, policies and activities we can do more positive things to support wellbeing and promote a healthier, inclusive culture for all.
A positive inclusive environment embraces diversity, engagement, and belonging, where colleagues feel they can develop and reach their full potential. We want to do more to encourage a diversity of thinking and background, at all levels. An enhanced group-wide approach to active inclusion will help us share best practice, review our policies together and extend the BFS I&D community network across the group, creating a more coherent approach that will have a greater impact.
As colleagues, you are our greatest asset, and we want to offer opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge so you can reach your full potential. That’s why this year we are beginning to give access to on line learning across the group and are focusing on establishing a shared Learning Forum where we will be pooling knowledge , enabling collaboration and making it as easy as possible for colleagues to access the support they need to grow and thrive.
Colleagues across the Group came together online at key points in the first half of 2021 with a coordinated calendar of events to celebrate our inclusive culture and diverse range of backgrounds.
Utilising digital channels due to the majority of colleagues working remotely, colleague led initiatives included creating digital pledge boards for International Women’s Day in March, sharing personal stories and videos for Mental Health Awareness Week in May and colourful and creative video backdrops for Pride in June.
Jacqui Barker, Bibby Line Group, HR and Communications Director said, “Far from being a barrier, working remotely has actually enhanced how we celebrate these important dates. We found new ways to listen to colleagues and share their ideas and experiences and to have honest and productive conversations on key inclusion and diversity topics. A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.”
There are a few ways you can get involved and help contribute to our People Vision and Goal:
If you’ve done something innovative within your workplace to improve health and wellbeing, celebrate diversity or develop colleague skills, share your story or best practice to inspire others.
If you have an idea, or improved way of working that you think would could help in any of the people areas above, please let us know your idea. Click below to share your idea.
If you are passionate about supporting your colleagues to be happy and reach their full potential, there are various groups you could join. Reach out to your Point Lead using the link below.