As of Friday, our colleagues have walked more than 2,150 miles for walk all over cancer. In addition, Babington’s commitment to match all donations means we’re set to raise £6,500 for the fight against cancer. This superb feat is telling of how far Babington has come in our mission of Developing Better Futures over the last 12 months.
How is Babington Supporting its colleagues through COVID-19?
Support for working from home
At the start of lockdown one, Babington colleagues were supported to create a positive setting for working from home. Firstly, regular assessments have determined what equipment or more flexibility colleagues may need to foster a healthy, fruitful atmosphere. Support has included a window for meetings between 9am and 4pm and drop-in sessions with our mental health first aiders.
Regular, inclusive internal communications
Weekly ‘coffee and chat’ and Babington’s social media site, Yammer, have opened free-flowing communication through the whole business. These platforms have covered everything from financial reviews to sharing lockdown projects or charity work, for instance. Consequently, company-wide platforms have encouraged teams to create more channels for contact, strengthening our people first culture at Babington.
New mental health and wellbeing programme
We haven’t stopped there. Our leadership team will run a new mental health and wellbeing programme. It will set out best practices, for example, 10-minute windows either side of meetings for water, rest, air and prepare (WRAP). Exchange around mental health will also increase with posts from leadership on how they look after their mental health. There will also be a Babington podcast about hobbies, charity work and many other themes.
To sum up, all of these initiatives are important parts of the Big Babington Conversation. Above all, we put our people first and drive our purpose of Developing Better Futures.
How is Babington supporting learners through COVID-19?
Continuing and Developing our Programmes
Caring for our learners always has and always will be our priority. A COVID-safe task force, blended learning model and virtual platforms soon gave us a great way to continue learner journeys. As a result, during 2020 we gained 828 apprentices and held 1,124 AAT exams.
We know how much pressure on learners has increased as a result of COVID-19. Therefore, more peer support for trainers to share best practices and improve together meant that our programmes and support systems are the best they’ve ever been. Moreover, being in regular contact with learners personally helps Babington to support learners on a case-by-case basis.
To sum up, we are proud of our success in improving learning, gaining more apprentices and Developing Better Futures through COVID-19.
Safe and Sound Manager, Claudette Nelson, has been at the fore of Babington support over the past year:
“When the Covid-19 pandemic was first announced in December 2019, no-one was prepared for the enormity or the catastrophic impact it would have across the world. Covid-19 has catapulted the world of Safe and Sound to the heart of what we do: health, Safety and Welfare of our staff and learners, ensuring they are working in a safe and healthy environment.
In light of the current situation, the health, safety and welfare of all continues to be at the forefront in all that we do here at Babington.”
This past year has been a huge challenge for the whole world. It’s pushed Babington to develop further, faster; we will emerge stronger and with a bright future.