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Why Men’s Health Week Matters

Men’s Health Week is an opportunity to highlight the unique health challenges faced by men, particularly in high-stress environments like ours.

Mental health issues can often be overlooked or stigmatised, leading to devastating consequences.

It’s crucial for all of us to recognise the signs of mental health struggles in ourselves and others, and to foster an environment where seeking help is seen as a strength, not a weakness.

Resources and Support

To support this initiative, we are launching the first snippet of our mental health awareness podcast. This podcast aims to provide valuable insights, practical advice, and real stories from individuals in our industry who have faced and overcome mental health challenges.

You can listen to the first episode here!

If you are in need of any help or assistance, please find a list of helplines and resources here.

International Human Resources Day

Happy International Human Resources Day!

Today, we celebrate the dedication of HR professionals in fostering a positive work environment, attracting and retaining top talent, and driving strategic initiatives that propel us forward. At DSG, we’re proud of our fantastic People team, who work tirelessly to make our workplace a great place to be.

To mark this special day, we asked our team what working with people means to them and why they enjoy being part of the People team at DSG.

Abigail Tester, our Head of People & Engagement: “Like many of us in the world of Human Resources, and People; I fell into my role, and it has allowed my work and position to become so important to me. We have many relationships in our lives, and we each experience roller-coaster moments. My job is to bring the human-spirit into the workplace, and to tap into the contributions we all bring, true diversity. What do I think matters the most when working in HR? Presence, engagement, communication, understanding our people, and listening. We all have a story and each organisation’s story comes from its people.”

Danielle O’Leary, People Experience Assistant: “Working as part of the People Team of DSG Group enhances me to create effective solutions to problems and to touch base with people I do not normally work with. Working with people allows me to combine my skills and perspectives to find solutions to any problems and challenges that may arise every day. In working with people daily it is very important to understand individuality and allow people to voice their opinion . As a member of the People Team at DSG Group I always work to the best of my ability to put our employees first. I believe working with the People team enhances the use of my skills of accountability , adaptability and having a positive attitude to work.”

Ruairi Coffey, Head of Social Value, Skills & People Development: “For me, working with people is where I get the most enjoyment and satisfaction in this role. It’s working with people that enables you to get the job done. Processes, strategies, reports, KPI’s – these are essential tools for success, but it is the relationships we have as a team in DSG that create our success. Everyone’s passion is evident is every conversation and it’s gives you energy to keep pushing and challenge yourself to be better. One of my favourite quotes is “Growth is never by mere chance, it is the result of forces working together”.

Lula Walmsley, Marketing & Communications: “At DSG, I love being in the midst of people as I am a sociable person. I learn from those around me and come away feeling lighter. My green collaborative personality thrives in this environment, and being part of such a rewarding team really makes my role at DSG fulfilling. The People team embodies a culture of support, growth, and innovation, making every day an opportunity to contribute to and learn from the diverse talents within the company. Although people may not see Marketing and Communications as a ‘people role’ I would say they are wrong. I get to work with all departments, which gives me the opportunity to connect with others, share knowledge, and ultimately support growth, this creates a vibrant and fulfilling work atmosphere – I feel as though I have found my place!”

Olivia Charman, People Experience Assistant: “I always loved the below quote from Sheryl Sandberg. It’s what made me so interested in HR, the work that goes into helping not just the company you’re in but the people that make up the company. Being people focused is what ensures a happy working environment which in turn produces results for the company. “The true power of HR lies in its ability to unleash the full potential of every individual within an organization.” – Sheryl Sandberg”

Darren Edwards, People Experience Advisor: “Everything Changes When I Do.”

“I started my career in HR five years ago because I saw firsthand the impact decisions made at head office have on people; both employees and customers, but more importantly the impact managers have on people. I’d had my fair share of bad managers, you learn a lot from them, including how not to be one. It took me a long time to become good manager, longer to admit to myself that I was in-fact a good one, and I believe like with everything in life, it is something I will continue to learn and develop as I go.

We often see the flaws in others easier than the flaws in ourselves – be open to change, be honest with yourself, and be mindful of everyone around you. When you treat people like people, you’re already most of the way there.”

Clodagh Gavaghan, People Experience Advisor: “I enjoy being part of the People Experience team as it gives us the opportunity to positively impact the lives of our employees and grow the business through our people. People Experience plays an important role in any organisation because the department manages and promotes the most vital asset-people. Without people, there won’t be an organisation, to begin with.”

Making Time for Movement: Prioritising Mental Health Awareness

If you don’t make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness

Tim Jackson, Head of Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Sustainability

In a world that often moves at breakneck speed, it’s easy to overlook the importance of taking moments for movement. At the Danny Sullivan Group, we understand the significance of mental health, not just during Mental Health Awareness Week, but every day.

As a leading supplier of skilled labor in the UK, we recognise that the well-being of our workforce is paramount. That’s why we’re committed to promoting a culture that encourages both physical and mental wellness. This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme, “Moments for Movement,” resonates deeply with us. We believe that taking the time to move your body is not just a necessity but a fun opportunity to connect with yourself and those around you.

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life, but stopping to ask someone how they are can make a world of difference. And more importantly, it’s not about getting a response, but truly listening to what they have to say. If you’re struggling, we want you to know that it’s okay to reach out. Whether it’s to a friend, a family member, or a professional, there is always someone willing to lend an ear and offer support.

“If you don’t make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness,” Tim Jackson, Head of Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Sustainability. That’s why we encourage everyone to prioritise their mental health, not just during this designated week, but as an ongoing commitment to self-care.

At DSG, we’re dedicated to fostering an environment where mental health is valued and supported. Let’s make movement a part of our daily lives, not just for our physical health, but for the well-being of our minds and bodies. Together, we are creating a culture of care and compassion.

Find our helplines here.

Embracing #LittleByLittle for Better Wellbeing

As the Head of Health, Safety, Wellbeing, and Sustainability at DSG, I find it imperative to address the pressing issue of stress, especially during Stress Awareness Month. This year, our focus revolves around the theme #LittleByLittle, emphasising the significance of small steps in managing and alleviating stress.

In today’s fast-paced world, stress has become unavoidable for many. However, by incorporating simple yet effective practices into our daily lives, we can gradually reduce its impact and get back to a healthier mindset.

Here are a few of my top tips to try this month:

At DSG, we are committed to supporting our employees’ mental health and wellbeing. If you or someone you know is struggling with stress, remember that help is always available. Reach out to helplines or seek professional support to navigate through difficult times.

As we observe Stress Awareness Month, let us embrace the #LittleByLittle approach and take proactive steps towards nurturing our mental and emotional wellbeing. Together, we can create a culture of resilience and support, where stress is no longer a barrier but a catalyst for personal growth and transformation.

You can contact our employee assistance programme provider BUPA. Alternatively you can call them on 0800 269 616

Our employee assistance programme (EAP) is there when you need extra support. We’ll help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing, with services like counselling and practical support on money management, landlord disputes and more.

Anything you say is confidential. We won’t share anything, unless we think you or someone else may be at risk or we’re legally obliged to do so.

You, your partner and any dependants over the age of 16 living at home with you can use these services. Under 16s won’t be eligible for counselling, but we’ll be able to talk to you about any possible services you can use to get support.

For immediate support, please visit a helpline. Remember, you are not alone, and help is always within reach.

Tim Jackson, Head of Health, Safety, Wellbeing, and Sustainability.

Danny Sullivan Group Shortlisted for Constructing Excellence Awards: Recognising Commitment to ESG, Inclusivity, and Leadership

The construction industry is undergoing a transformative shift, with sustainability, inclusivity, and leadership at the forefront of innovation. Through this landscape of change, the Danny Sullivan Group (DSG) stands out, having recently been shortlisted for multiple Constructing Excellence Awards. These nominations underscore our unwavering dedication to excellence across various domains.

Future Leader – Ruairi Coffey: A Trailblazer in Industry Innovation

One of the standout nominations for DSG is the recognition of Ruairi Coffey as a Future Leader. Ruairi’s leadership within DSG has been nothing short of transformative, spearheading groundbreaking initiatives such as the Financial Wellbeing Programme and the establishment of the DSG Academy. His visionary leadership has set new standards within the industry, as evidenced by our impressive investment in training and the establishment of apprenticeships sourced from local project communities. Ruairi’s collaborative approach has not only gained industry recognition but has also led to tangible social impact results. From supporting the wider business to be the first to achieve FIR Accreditation at level 5 Industry Influencer with The Supply Chain Sustainability School, to playing a leading role in the mobilisation of the DSG Academy, Ruairi’s legacy is defined by his commitment to advancing industry standards, supporting with workforce skills development, and enhancing opportunities for underrepresented groups.

A Lasting Impact on the Future of the Industry

As we continue to push the boundaries of innovation and excellence, Ruairi Coffey’s leadership exemplifies our ethos of driving positive change within the construction industry. His collaborative efforts have not only elevated our reputation but have also left a lasting impact on the industry’s future trajectory. With a focus on sustainability, inclusivity, and leadership, DSG remains at the forefront of shaping a more resilient and equitable construction sector.

ESG – Utilising ESG to Foster Long-term Careers

In the category of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), recent work shines a spotlight on our innovative approach to creating and nurturing long-term careers. Spearheaded by our submission, this recognition acknowledges our commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. By integrating ESG principles into operations, we not only enhance the workforce’s well-being but also contributes positively to the communities we serve.

People & Culture – Championing Inclusivity to Address Skills Shortages

DSG’s nomination for the People & Culture award underscores our proactive efforts in embedding inclusivity to tackle the prevalent skills shortage within the industry. By fostering an environment that values diversity and inclusivity, DSG is not only attracting top talent but also retaining and cultivating a skilled workforce. This nomination is a testament to our commitment to building a more inclusive and equitable construction sector. Find our more about our FIR effort and achievements here.

In conclusion, the shortlisting for multiple Constructing Excellence Awards underscores our commitment to driving positive change within the construction industry. Through innovative approaches to ESG, inclusivity, and leadership, at DSG we continue to set new standards for excellence and pave the way for a more sustainable and inclusive future.

Industry Skills Shortage: The Danny Sullivan Group Approach

As the construction industry struggles with a persistent skills shortage, some companies choose to evade the challenge, while others confront it head-on. At Danny Sullivan Group (DSG), we firmly believe in the latter approach. Our nomination as a finalist for the CN 2024 awards in the training excellence category is a testament to our commitment to tackling the industry’s skills shortage and investing in the future of our workforce.

At DSG, our mission is not only to deliver exceptional projects but also to build better lives and communities. Central to this mission is our dedication to putting people first. We recognise that our workforce is our greatest asset, and empowering them through continuous skills development is key to our success. Due to industry uncertainty, we have boosted our efforts to create meaningful career advancement opportunities for our employees.

With over 35 years of experience in providing skilled labour, we understand the crucial elements of fostering a thriving career in the construction sector. From technical training in construction skills and utilities to health and safety protocols and leadership development, we take pride in upholding the highest service standards. Our commitment to offering accredited training ensures that our workforce is equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their roles.

Through our initiatives, we not only address the immediate challenges posed by the skills shortage but also pave the way for long-term industry resilience. The DSG Academy is the perfect example of this. Our diverse range of courses caters to individuals at every stage of their career journey, providing them with the tools and resources needed to thrive in a dynamic industry landscape. From apprenticeships to advanced certifications, we are committed to nurturing talent and fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth.

As we navigate the evolving demands of the construction industry, one thing remains clear: the importance of investing in our workforce. At DSG, we choose to run towards the industry skills shortage, viewing it not as a hindrance but as an opportunity for innovation and growth. Through our unwavering commitment to training excellence, we are not only shaping the future of our company but also contributing to the collective advancement of the construction sector as a whole.

Find our more about our latest awards here.

International Women’s Day 2024

Together, we exemplify the spirit of inclusivity and resilience, embodying the ethos of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day holds great significance at the Danny Sullivan Group (DGS). We met  with some of our remarkable women from DSG Headquarters to explore what this day means for them and to share their experiences as women within our sector.

Shannon Murphy, Accounts Payable

In my eight years with the Danny Sullivan Group, I have been supported by fantastic management throughout and provided with a number of opportunities to develop my skillset and build a meaningful career. The inclusive environment is embedded through the family values in the business and as a woman I have always felt respected, listened to, and empowered to contribute. But we know this isn’t the same experience for all women. We must keep having these open conversations, looking at how we can build inclusivity and support women to achieve their highest potential – not just in construction, but across all industries UK-wide.

Clare Stack, Senior Training Team Leader

Entering the construction industry wasn’t just a career choice for me; it was an opportunity to lead in a demanding role. Inspired by the tales of my male family members who have worked in construction, I found myself drawn to the dynamic nature and problem-solving challenges that this sector offers. Despite the industry’s typical male-dominated status, my experience has been nothing short of fulfilling.

 I have had the privilege of breaking barriers and inspiring other women. One memorable instance was during a challenging project where teamwork was paramount. Regardless of gender, we collaborated seamlessly, by embracing an inclusive culture fostered by strong leadership and transparent communication.

To women considering a career in construction, I say “seize the opportunity. Don’t let stereotypes or the industry’s male-dominated reputation deter you. Seek mentorship, build connections with other women in the industry, and believe in your unique abilities. Construction offers diverse roles, embrace the challenges as opportunities, knowing that your journey will pave the way for future generations of women. Take the leap—it’s worth it.”

Debbie Guinan, Payroll and  Billings Manager

Being a woman in the construction industry initially felt daunting, but my journey with the Danny Sullivan Group spanning 14 years has been transformative. Starting as a Payroll Administrator in a small team of three, I’ve steadily progressed to become the Payroll and Billings Manager, now overseeing, and supporting seven incredible, hardworking women.

The unwavering support, guidance, and opportunities for advancement have been truly empowering. We prioritise our people and uphold our company values, which I witness in action every day. Despite the ever-evolving landscape of the construction sector , I am continually impressed by our commitment to staying ahead of the curve and fostering an inclusive environment.

Working at the Danny Sullivan Group has not only allowed me to grow professionally but has also provided a platform for me to support and empower other women in their careers. Together, we exemplify the spirit of inclusivity and resilience, embodying the ethos of International Women’s Day.

We’re hiring – job opportunities in Gloucester

We have have the following roles available in the Gloucester area with an immediate start:

These jobs offer real, long term career prospects given the lifespan of the project – which is anticipated to run for several years and you’ll be working for an award-winning company, too.

At the Danny Sullivan Group we pay well, we pay on time and you get access to hundreds of courses through our training division, DSG Academy.

Apply now

If you have relevant experience, email your CV to Jimmy Holly jimmyH@dannysullivan.co.uk or call Jimmy direct on 07858 547 295

Jo Stubbs: Breaking Gender Barriers

I hope that I will be able to stay with DSG until I retire

Jo Stubbs, DSG Driver

In an industry traditionally dominated by men, Jo Stubbs stands as a testament to resilience, determination, and the power of opportunity. With over two decades of experience in construction, her journey from a courier to a skilled professional in one of the most demanding fields is a great story to share for International Women’s Day 2024.

“I sort of fell into construction in the early 2000s.’ After Jo’s van had ‘gone to the big metal graveyard in the sky,’ she bumped into a works manager of a construction site. This led to her securing a van driver job which went on to shape her career for the next two decades.

Despite being a woman in a predominantly male environment, Joe never felt deterred. “I have never felt worried about being a woman on site,” due to the unwavering support received from colleagues and notably, the Danny Sullivan Group (DSG).

Throughout her career, Joe has left her mark on various prestigious projects, from motorway expansions to the A3 Hindhead Tunnel and currently, her involvement in the groundbreaking HS2 project. Her dedication to continuous improvement is evident through her certifications such as NVQ Level 3 in occupational work supervision, SMSTS, NEBOSH National General Certificate, and specialised training in Mental Health First Aid provided by DSG.

Reflecting on her experience, Joe encourages aspiring women to consider a career in construction, particularly with DSG. This inclusive and supportive environment has contributed to her success over the years.

Jo is not only a skilled professional, but also an inspiration for future generations looking to pursue a career in the construction industry, regardless of gender or background. Looking towards the future, Jo shares that ‘I hope that I will be able to stay with DSG until I retire.”

Want to kick start your construction career? See our latest roles here: https://www.dannysullivan.co.uk/job-board/

You can also upskill and boost your career like Jo has done, with our DSG Academy courses: https://www.dannysullivan.co.uk/dsg-academy-new/

Empowering Women in Construction

To all the women considering a career in construction: Do it! Don’t let stereotypes hold you back.

– Sonia Chahil, Head of DSG Academy

In a traditionally male-dominated industry, women are carving out their place and leaving their mark in construction. As part of International Women’s Day 2024, we spoke with Sonia Chahil, Head of DSG Academy, whose passion for the challenge and creativity of construction led her to pursue a career in this dynamic field.

In this candid Q&A, she shares her experiences as a woman in construction, particularly within the supportive environment of the Danny Sullivan Group (DSG) and offers advice to other women considering a similar path.

What inspired you to pursue a career in the construction industry, and what has your experience been like working in a typically male-dominated field?

Inspired by the challenge and creativity inherent in construction, I embraced this field despite its male-dominated nature. My journey has been about breaking stereotypes and proving that gender doesn’t limit capability. Despite the initial challenges, I find immense fulfilment in shattering preconceptions and contributing to transformative projects.

Can you share any specific instances where you felt supported and valued as a woman in the construction industry, particularly within the Danny Sullivan Group?

Within the Danny Sullivan Group, I’ve felt incredibly supported and valued for my contributions as a woman in construction. The culture of inclusivity and respect, from leadership to peers, empowers me to thrive and excel in my role.

How do you think the culture at DSG contributes to the success and satisfaction of women working in construction?

The culture at DSG fosters an environment where diversity is proudly celebrated. Women are not just welcomed but actively celebrated for their contributions. With initiatives promoting equality and opportunities for growth, it’s no surprise that women excel here.

How has working at the Danny Sullivan Group impacted your career growth and aspirations?

Working at DSG has been exceptionally empowering for my career growth. As the female Head of Academy in a male-dominated sector, I’ve had the opportunity to lead and shape talent in an environment that fosters personal growth. It has empowered me to drive meaningful change within the industry and work towards closing the gender gap.

What would you say to other women considering a career in construction?

To all the women considering a career in construction: Do it! Don’t let stereotypes hold you back. Embrace the challenge, seek support networks, and believe in your abilities. The industry needs your talent and perspective.

In summary, Sonia’s journey serves as a testament to the resilience and determination of women in construction. Through her experiences at DSG, she has not only broken barriers but also inspired others to pursue a career in the sector. As the industry continues to evolve, stories like Sonia’s remind us of the importance of fostering inclusive environments where everyone can thrive.