Employee led groups
At Business Stream, we have a range of colleague working groups set up to encourage collaboration, provide opportunities for new ideas and foster team working so that we can continually deliver activities that are in line with our Making a Positive Difference vision, including fundraising, events and initiatives. Our Making a Positive Difference Group owns the overall action plan for our other working groups and you can read more about each one below.
Our colleague working groups
Making a Positive Difference
As a responsible business, we want to make sure we are doing the right thing for our customers, our people, the environment and our local communities. To help us achieve this ambition we launched our ‘Making a Positive Difference’ vision in September 2019. To help bring our vision to life, we’ve introduced over 30 new initiatives to support our ambitions. Over the past year we’ve reduced our carbon emissions by 50% (between April 2022-23), become a Young Person’s Guarantee Employer, delivered inclusion training to all of our people managers, offered free financial planning sessions to our colleagues in response to the cost of living crisis and developed our online water efficiency hub providing free online tools and resources to help our customers to reduce their water use.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Our vision at Business Stream is to provide a great place to work where our colleagues feel trusted, valued, supported and empowered, irrespective of their background or role. We’re committed to providing an inclusive workplace that welcomes and promotes diversity and provides equal opportunities for all. In the past year we’ve rolled out Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) training to all our people managers; launched our ED&I awareness raising programme; made enhancements to our recruitment process to encourage and promote diversity; and invested in additional support for colleagues including creating our dedicated quiet room and ensuring we do more to support our remote workers.
The charity panel meet regularly to organise and run events to raise funds for our charity partners who are the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), Macmillan Cancer Support and Marine Conservation Society.
Activities include annual fundraising bake sales, local beach cleans and quiz nights.
Wellbeing & Engagement Group
Our Wellbeing and Engagement Group is there to support a healthy, happy and engaged workforce. To support this ambition, we’ve introduced a wide range of initiatives that target the four wellbeing pillars – mental health, physical health, social wellbeing and financial wellbeing. Initiatives include investing in an Employee Assistance Programme, providing 24/7 free, confidential advice and support to our colleagues and their families; paying over the Real Living Wage to all colleagues; offering free financial planning sessions; training colleagues to be mental health first aiders; running regular employee engagement events and sporting challenges; and providing all colleagues with access to a free 24/7 gym and subsidised catering.
Our Wellbeing and Engagement Group support on our wellbeing goals by running different employee engagement events throughout the year including sponsored walks, quizzes and providing healthy treats to colleagues.
Our employee forum is made up of colleague representatives from across the business, including members of our management team and trade union representatives. The forum provides an opportunity for our colleagues to have a say on what’s working well and where we can make further improvements as a business. It also provides an opportunity for members of our leadership team to consult with colleague representatives on any organisational issues or business developments that may impact colleagues at work. Topics that are covered include colleague benefits, new or amended policies, senior management activities, facilities and services, our annual engagement survey and general employee concerns or queries.