EOGB Wins Employer of the Year at M&E Excellence Awards
Following the busy Christmas season, we’ve finally found a moment to properly reflect on one of the highlights of EOGB’s 2019! Back in November, EOGB had the pleasure of attending the first M&E Excellence Awards in London.
Nominated for the Employer of the Year award, our team put forward a compelling case to Maintenance & Engineering magazine, with a focus on the company’s investment in staff training, the company’s willingness to make adjustments for staff wellbeing, and the company’s creation of a close-knit, trusting and positive community in the workplace.
The retention rates at EOGB are incredibly impressive, with a lot of employees remaining with the company for an average of 10 years or more! One of the many reasons for this is the company’s old-fashioned mentality – “before it goes looking for external candidates to fill a role within the company, it looks at the staff it already has and considers what potential is there to be developed.”
Previous winner of HVR’s ‘Trainee of the Year’ Award (2016), Reece Summerfield, started out his time at EOGB with an offer of 3 months’ work in the warehouse (now 10 years ago!) He was then offered a position in production, later joining the Technical team and now also works in the company’s Training centre.
Harry Holmes, currently a Technical Engineer at EOGB, also started out in the warehouse and now has his hand in the company’s exciting R&D projects. When talking about his development at EOGB, he recalled how the company “put him through OFTEC qualifications, Gas Safe qualifications and NVQs in engineering.” Many staff members like Reece and Harry have also been given the opportunity to attend the company’s annual burner training trip to Baltur’s base in Bologna, Italy.
Training & Development
As briefly mentioned, EOGB has a fully accredited training and assessment centre, where both external and internal candidates benefit from high-quality and thorough learning, from incredibly well-informed trainers and assessors. At EOGB we also currently have staff studying for apprenticeships, PhDs and everything in between! Development opportunities are everywhere at EOGB and every staff member is made to feel valuable and aware of their own potential.
EOGB strongly believes that small adjustments and accommodations can make all the difference to the morale and happiness of its employees. Some examples of this include the option to work remotely for staff members who can, the option to head home should a site visit finish slightly early, and small adjustments to working hours (now from 8:30 to 4:30) in order to help staff avoid rush hour traffic and get home to their families much sooner.
Such changes may seem trivial or even silly to others, but EOGB’s willingness to make adjustments as a result of staff feedback and the company’s trust in its staff has had an incredible impact upon the morale and positivity of all. And so, on 20th November, we were chuffed to accept the Employer of the Year Award from M&E Magazine and incredibly proud in light of our employee’s humbling testimonials!