A.F. Blakemore recognises that one of the key elements of a healthy business is the involvement and motivation of its staff.  It is our aim that everyone in the company is kept informed of the opportunities open to them, the risks that the business faces and the limits within which the business is managed. 

By providing this information, we will all be better able to understand the part that we can play in helping A.F. Blakemore to be a successful and healthy company. 

At present the following methods are used to support communications between management and staff:

Staff Consultation Groups

These consultation groups are primarily a consultative body and do not act as a collective negotiating committee.

However, recommendations are made by them regarding conditions of employment and staff activities for consideration by the Board of Directors.

These meetings are held four times per year and a summary of these discussions is available to all staff.

Team Briefing

Team briefing is intended to keep staff up to date regarding changes, developments and the performance of the company. 

This is an opportunity to ask questions and to keep in touch with colleagues within your department. 

At these meetings all staff have the right to and will be encouraged to ask questions and voice disagreements.  It is the team briefer's responsibility to encourage this and to answer questions as soon as possible. 

Staff Newsletter

Staff newsletters keep you up to date regarding company developments, activities and staff achievements.  We welcome articles of interest from any of our employees for this publication. 

Staff Notice Boards

Each department has staff notice boards.  These are used to inform staff about current activities and general business information.  You can, with management's authorisation, make use of this facility.  The following statutory documents must be displayed and accessible to all staff:

a) Current Employers' Liability certificate

b) Health and safety policy statement

c) Health and safety law poster

d) Current staff vacancies

e) Qualified first aid staff

f) Fire precaution instructions

g) Conditions of employment handbook