tackling mental health in the workplace


Tackling Mental Health

Tackling Mental Health in the Workplace

12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2017.

Such an important and affecting issue needs more investigation so we have produced a paper exploring the state of mental health in the workplace. 'Tackling Mental Health in the Workplace' features: 

Our guide aims to provide guidance on how to alter attitudes, spot the signs and tackle the issues.

Mental health is now a permanent part of the workplace, with figures from the Department of Health stating that one in four of us will experience mental illness at some point in our lives.

At Morson International, we have seen an increase in the number of staff coming forward to express their own struggles with mental illness and seek support. This change in attitudes presented the opportunity to strengthen our own workplace priorities towards mental health by developing effective engagement strategies that tackle the core issues. In doing so, this has enabled us to attract and retain our talented people, driv­­­e productivity and innovation and reap numerous commercial benefits that set us apart from many of our competitors.

We are proud to launch this whitepaper in conjunction with World Mental Health Day 2018 and pledge our support in stamping out stigma and creating inclusive, equal and diverse workplaces.

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    Morson sponsored Force Atlantic embark on epic 3,000 mile race

    MORSON SPONSORSHIP NEWS | 3 MIN READ Morson sponsored Force Atlantic embark on their 3,000 mile race across the Atlantic to Antigua Each team will row in excess of 1.5 million oar strokes throughout the course of the journey 30 teams are participating from around the world Morson are proud to be the prime sponsor of the British Army’s Force Atlantic team in the Atlantic Challenge rowing race who start their epic row from the Canary Islands today! The premier event in ocean rowing, the Atlantic Challenge is a 3,000 mile row from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda. The race takes place annually, with 30 teams participating from around the world. Morson’s inspiration for sponsorship of the Atlantic Challenge was two-fold. “Firstly, the company have a long track record of sponsoring athletes in various sports but until now, not rowing. Secondly and crucially, the commander of the Force Atlantic team, Lieutenant Colonel Rich Hall MBE, is the Commanding Officer of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, the only Junior Entry Phrase 1 training establishment in the British Army.” The college provides long-term educational opportunities for young people from a variety of backgrounds, providing personal development and equipping them with leadership skills to succeed in life, either within or beyond the military. “This provides a diverse talent pool for the Army to draw from. Ultimately, this in turn improves the quality of our Morson Forces contractor base when those from the College leave the military and are looking for their next career move.” The Row Alongside the commander Lieutenant Colonel Rich Hall, the team consists of Captain Alex Walsh, Captain Chris Hames and the youngest of the team and a recent College Junior Solider graduate, Private Kian Helm. Captain Chris Hames, whose 30 years in the army includes 20 years with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, spoke about the make-up of the diverse team and the race ahead. “The rank and age gap haven't been without issue. It's taken time for us to get to know each other, understand our strengths and areas where we need to support each other. There's a healthy respect for each other's experience and simply no other words needed.” To successfully complete the voyage in good time, the crew must be able to work together and harness each other’s skills and traits. “We all have our strengths which will help us massively. Kian is a great joker and keeps morale high. Skipper Rich is excellent at taking everything in and suggesting perfect plans and while I have a knack of problem solving when needed, Alex tempers my ‘just do it’ approach with analytical thinking.” With little under four months to go, the crew have been training hard to prepare for this huge undertaking. “The training has been both physically and mentally challenging, as you would expect. We have been concentrating on core, posterior chain exercises and of course rowing, both long steady distance and benchmark setting. The hardest benchmark setting to date is 90 minutes full effort on an indoor rower. That’s enough to put most people off!” As well as physical sessions on dry land, the team have to spend time out on the boat to get used to the conditions in which they will be working. Among the many dangers on the route, including 20ft waves, the team battle against the physical extremes faced by participating in such a long and strenuous challenge like salt sores and sleep deprivation. “Easily the toughest actual session so far was our recent three-day trip out in the boat. We went through all the drills as we will in real time and our return leg saw us fighting the tide and wind. It was hard and painful. It was the crew spending in excess of five hours constantly rowing and was absolutely what we needed to really test us.” It is estimated that each team will row in excess of 1.5 million oar strokes throughout the course of the journey. The team rely on a desalination device on board the boat to purify sea water for drinking. It’s estimated that each of the three crew members will burn between 5,000 and 10,000 calories a day, and so the dehydrated rations on board are high in calorific content, if low on taste. “They’re not too bad but they’ll quickly become boring. We do have snacks to dip into to break up the monotony of the rations.” For around six weeks, the three-man crew will live a life of strict and tiring routine – two hours rowing, two hours off, 24 hours a day. “It’s very tough but it’s something that we will adjust to. We’ll probably manage six hours sleep per day because certainly some of our two hours off will involve personal and boat maintenance.” Over €6 million has been raised for charity over the course of the last four races, but the members of the crew are all driven to make the row a huge success for other reasons. “We all have our own personal agenda, but more importantly we have a collective objective. As well as our key objective to raise money for The Soldier’s Charity, we want to show the Army as a professional organisation who have the best build up and delivery of all the teams.” Tied into this message is one about the value of ex-forces veterans in the world beyond the military, as Chris reflects. “Often, serving personnel may not see the value they hold to employers - simply by being disciplined enough to turn up to work on time and work hard. Also, often if veterans are leaving the services young, having a mortgage and paying bills are alien concepts and will be a real shock. Every bit of help provided is gold dust and in particular Morson's help in the transition process provides that comfort blanket and ensures individuals are not alone in realising their worth as they transition into civilian life.” As for what happens when the Force Atlantic team transition across the ocean and finally reaches Antigua: “I can't speak for the whole team but I suspect I will simply want to walk on the land, have space to move, a beer… oh and sleep!” We wish the team good luck and a safe and speedy journey! We'll be posting regular updates on their progress so come back to the blog for the latest info. Follow the race live!

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    Sharks at the World Cup | Faf De Klerk, Tom Curry, Mark Wilson and Valery Morozov look back on their tournaments

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ We caught up with Sale Sharks' World Cup stars to hear their stories from Japan! Fresh from the World Cup, Morson’s Jamal Niaz hosted a star-studded panel at Sale Sharks' supporters club featuring Faf de Klerk, Tom Curry, Mark Wilson and Valery Morozov. This marked the World Cup debuts of all four men and it was Faf De Klerk’s South Africa that were ultimately crowned winners after a tense final with Tom Curry’s England. Faf De Klerk: Realising a childhood dream by winning the World Cup will undoubtedly be the highlight of Faf’s career but the Scrum-Half isn’t short of motivation going forward despite now reaching his crowning achievement: “It’s any boy’s dream to win a World Cup. Staying motivated is quite easy, there’s still a lot of goals we want to achieve as a team and a club so the focus is right back onto that. We want to succeed and make the supporters proud. There’s a lot of targets to reach yet. I want to win the Premiership and the Champions Cup, so they’re things I’ve got to tick off. As a rugby player you always want to perform well, it’s about getting new goals and reaching them” Being on the cusp of achieving a career goal brings the danger of not truly experiencing the moment, due to being fixated with the task at hand. This was something that De Klerk actively combatted during the tournament and made sure to be completely present during the final itself: “At the World Cup when I ran out, I always tried to get a sense of the crowd and really take in what’s around me. I do remember it really well, much better than Tom! What a massive occasion it was, it was truly special” One of the most memorable pictures of the World Cup was Faf’s celebration in his now iconic South African themed speedos and the following meeting between himself and Prince Harry whilst wearing the attire. This image saw Faf launch a cancer awareness challenge known as the ‘Faf Challenge’ encouraging his supporters to screen themselves for testicular cancer. De Klerk reflected on the picture and getting to meet Prince Harry: “I popped out to get an X-Ray and he was there. He had a great speech for us and I got to meet him. I was the only guy caught but the rest of the team were in the same outfit! Something good came from it so it was nice” Tom Curry: 2019 proved to be a breakout one for 21-year old Tom Curry, with eye-catching displays in the Six-Nations and World Cup that saw him nominated for world player of the year. With Tom currently preparing for his 28th game of a crazy year, this panel event served as one of the few opportunities that the Flanker could look back on what he’s achieved in his young career so far: “This year’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I’ve obviously experienced things for the first time such as the Six Nations and The World Cup. It’s been unbelievable, you don’t actually notice what’s happening during the whole process, it’s only when you look back at times like these. It’s been an unreal year to look back on and some brilliant learning experiences to look back on going forward” It’s clear that a manic schedule is something that Curry has always thrived in, as his rise was filled with transitions through the ranks at a ridiculously rapid rate: “Having my brother alongside me and training nearly every day, things go by so quickly that you don’t have time to think about it. Going straight from school to Sale FC to Sharks and getting the call to Argentina with England, you don’t really stop and think. One of the biggest things as a professional sportsman is to stop and take things in and I should probably pinch myself along the way.” Learning to unwind away from the sport is something that Tom is still learning to do with consistent success for club and country: “It’s something you probably get better at with experience. You learn about yourself more and you learn how to get your mind and body in the best position to play rugby. When you’re younger coming through you’ve got to do this and that but as you get older, you play week in and week out and that’s when you start learning” Tom and Sharks teammate, Faf have faced each other on the international stage numerous times, with most games featuring a heated moment between the two. Curry addressed the healthy rivalry between the two and clearly enjoys the competition: “On the summer tour we had at least two and then obviously in the big game in the final but we’re both pretty natural players for a scuffle, he loves it! I lose my head easily and he finds it easy to make players lose their heads, we’re a natural couple” Mark Wilson: New Sharks signee, Mark Wilson was an integral part of the England side that reached the World Cup final both on and off the field. Wilson was full of praise of the togetherness and spirit in the England camp in Japan: “One thing that we had an emphasis on throughout the tournament is the team of 31 players. There was a real appreciation between the lads that were playing and the lads that weren’t, as the lads that weren’t playing would help the rest of the team in training day by day. Tom and the other guys who were playing day by day and were coming into training tired sometimes, it was our job to lift them up” Wilson hadn’t featured since the group stage prior to coming off the bench in the memorable win against New Zealand and the 30-year-old was more than ready for the occasion: “When you get the call for the semi- final obviously it gets exciting to get involved. I hadn’t played in about four weeks so I had about four weeks of engine in me for that game! Mark’s debut from Sale is currently on hold due to injury but gave an update on when we can expect to see him at the AJ Bell: “Hopefully in the new year, towards the end of January I should be able to play. It’s been an exciting couple of weeks being down here for the first time, being able to meet the boys so we’re itching to get involved” Valery Morozov: Progression from the stacked Pool A was always going to be extremely difficult for Russia, but representing his country on the world stage was an immensely proud moment for Valery: “I was very proud for my country because it was only our second time at a world cup. We only play 3-4 times a year with Russia and we play every week at Sale so I’d like to thank Sale for helping me as a player” It was brilliant to hear each player's story from the World Cup and we can't wait to see how their season unfolds with Sale!

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    Remembering The Don | The Morson Story - Part 9

    Morson Group has been celebrating 50 years in business in 2019. As part of our celebrations, we’ve created a book about the business; its foundations, its growth and its people. We've been releasing excerpts from the book - in part nine, we pay tribute to our late founder Gerry Mason. Retirement In 1998, Gerry Mason retired after almost 30 years in the driving seat. His successor would be his son Ged, who officially took over as Managing Director in 1999, to become CEO in 2005. On his first day in the Managing Director’s office, he felt very comfortable. “It wasn’t like a big bang or a huge announcement,” he recalls. “It had been a gradual handover, I was effectively mirroring what dad was doing and making more important decisions, so it wasn’t as a big a step as you’d think. It was a natural evolvement, I felt ready for it, I had the confidence then.” Of course, Gerry was still in the picture. “Dad was still on the phone to talk about big things I was doing and I could always bounce off him; it was great having someone like that,” says Ged. “It’s funny, having shared the office with my father at Stableford Hall, I still remained at my desk. Dad had the bigger desk and I had a slightly smaller one and just out of respect I didn’t go and sit at his.” Because Gerry still maintained a position on the board, Ged’s decision not to use his father’s desk meant he always had one to come back to. “He’d come back in the summer and might be in the office two or three times. So that desk was always kept for him, to a point where we were really struggling for space,” remembers Ged. “Eventually Kevin Gorton, who was Business Development Director at the time, came in and used my dad’s desk. Even so, I still didn’t use it, meaning I ended up sharing an office with Kevin for a while. Good times.” Remembering the Don On 24th July 2015, Gerry Mason passed away suddenly at the age of 77. Speaking for our special 50th anniversary video, employees of the Morson Group paid tribute: “It was great to eventually share on office with my father for 12 years plus. Having worked around the different parts of the business there was no better grounding and apprenticeship to serve than with my father. He taught me a lot.” - Ged Mason, CEO “As Gerry remained on the board, I’d see him every single month anyway and he’d always want to catch up and be kept in the loop about what was happening, what was in the pipeline. He remained driven and actively involved, despite retiring.” – Kevin Gorton, Managing Director “I always liked his taste in decorating. He always had a knee-deep shag pile carpet in some odd colour. That was always interesting going into his office and thinking, is this the latest fashion?” – Andy Hassall, Morson Projects “Big black Cadillac parked outside, cigar smoke, golf ball on his desk, moustache. You could see he was an entrepreneur, a business man, successful and had a vision.” - Steve Seddon, Client Services Director While Gerry may no longer be with us, his spirit certainly carries on within the business, and that we can look forward to a bright and promising future is testament to not only his vision, but the hundreds of employees who have all worked towards this success. Watch our video, 'No Finish Line: The Story So Far' and hear the Morson story as told by those who have been part of it

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    The world’s first all-electric flight takes off in Canada

    AEROSPACE NEWS | 3 MIN READ An all-electric powered seaplane has taken flight in Vancouver, Canada, in what the operators describe as a "world-first" for the aviation industry. Harbour Air has said that they are aiming to fly passengers abroad on fully electric planes starting from 2021. An all-electric powered seaplane has taken flight in Vancouver, Canada, in what the operators describe as a "world-first" for the aviation industry. The flight took place on Tuesday 10th December, it was carried out by magniX and Harbour Air which ferries half a million passengers a year between Vancouver, Whistler ski resort and nearby islands and coastal communities. The 15-minute test flight involved a six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver with a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system. Civil aviation is one of the fastest-growing sources of carbon emissions as people increasingly take to the skies, and new technologies have been slow to get off the ground. The push to electric could help slash carbon emissions in the high-polluting aviation sector. CEO of magniX, Roei Ganzarski said: "In December 1903, the Wright Brothers launched a new era of transportation—the aviation age—with the first flight of a powered aircraft. Today, 116 years later, with the first flight of an all-electric powered commercial aircraft, we launched the electric era of aviation. The transportation industry and specifically the aviation segment that has been, for the most part, stagnant since the late 1930s, is ripe for a massive disruption. Now we are proving that low-cost, environmentally friendly, commercial electric air travel can be a reality in the very near future." Catch up on the latest Aerospace news Air Canada retires Boeing 767 after an amazing 139,000 hours of flight Qantas fly non-stop from London to Sydney in new research programme Greg McDougall, CEO, and founder of Harbour Air, which is one of North America's largest seaplane airlines, said in a statement: "Today, we made history. I am incredibly proud of Harbour Air's leadership role in redefining safety and innovation in the aviation and seaplane industry. Canada has long held an iconic role in the history of aviation, and to be part of this incredible world-first milestone is something we can all be really proud of.” Check out the video of the flight below Harbour Air has said that they are aiming to fly passengers abroad on fully electric planes starting from 2021. Morson is the No.1 aerospace recruiter, supplying the aerospace and defence industry for 50 years. Ready to find your next role? Search our Aerospace & Defence jobs here.

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    The importance of aligning customer and company values

    THOUGHT LEADERSHIP | 2 MIN READ By now we’re all familiar with the notion of aligning values within an organisation, but what about the importance of ensuring that your company values are strategically aligned to your customers? Sam Price, head of client engagement at Morson provides an insight into the importance of aligning customer and company values and the benefits it can bring… By now we’re all familiar with the notion of aligning values within an organisation, but what about the importance of ensuring that your company values are strategically aligned to your customers? Sam Price, head of client engagement at Morson has delivered a programme of transformational change across the Morson Group, enhancing how the business embrace and achieve the objectives of its core values. Within our latest blog, Sam provides an insight into the importance of aligning customer and company values and the benefits it can bring… Encourages better partnerships and collaboration There is no denying that when strong and sustainable values are put in place, it creates a value-friendly work environment where everyone is aligned to the same strategic goal. The end result, projects and programmes are delivered on time and on budget. When we work on change programmes, our discovery programme has stakeholder engagement at its core. We quickly identify the people needed from Morson and our clients that have the attributes and skills required to deliver transformational change. A team who work in pro-active collaboration, underpinned by a set of agreed behaviours ensures that the difficulties often associated with new solutions are quickly resolved. This promotes enhanced collaboration throughout the project. Increased quality, productivity and efficiency At the start of any change programme, we outline the measures for success and the operating model – focusing on roles, responsibilities, values and working behaviours. Once we have this, we then align our delivery to the business models and expectations of our clients. We create a clear framework of ownership as well as collaboration from the very start of our programmes. In summary, once we understand the values of our customers and embed these into our operational best practice, we empower partnerships that enhance productivity and efficiency. Promotes a dynamic culture It’s important to understand that your customers form part of your culture too, so listen to them and innovate for their needs. Internally, a dynamic culture ensures that your employees are able to communicate more effectively and feel open about sharing their thoughts, ideas and improvement suggestions. Having aligned values with your customers makes this ethos a lot easier. There’s no question that the better aligned the partnership the more you can reap the benefits that we’ve shared above. One thing to consider is that value alignment relies on transparency - of vision, values and accountabilities. With upfront investment in stakeholder partnership, it requires a significant investment of time, but in today’s competitive market it’s difficult to disregard the benefits that value alignment can bring to a business. If you're an organisation looking to attract the best talent or a candidate wanting to progress your career, then get in touch with Morson or browse our latest jobs here.

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    Rolls-Royce and Mercedes partner on fuel cell venture

    AUTOMOTIVE NEWS | 3 MIN READ Rolls-Royce Power Systems is collaborating with Lab1886 to develop hydrogen fuel cells for stationary power generation. The fuel cells which are being developed will emit no pollutants during operation and if the hydrogen is generated using low-carbon electricity the overall emissions to the atmosphere is zero. Rolls-Royce Power Systems is collaborating with Lab1886, an innovation laboratory from Mercedes-Benz, to develop hydrogen fuel cells for stationary power generation. The units will be sold under the brand name MTU and are aimed at providing continuous and emergency power for safety-critical applications such as data centres. Rolls-Royce Power Systems’ focus is high-speed engines and propulsion systems for transport such as ships, trains and heavy load vehicles which are currently almost always based on diesel engines. That’s why Rolls-Royce believes that fuel cells could be a more environmentally friendly alternative to consider. The fuel cells which are being developed will emit no pollutants during operation and if the hydrogen is generated using low-carbon electricity the overall emissions to the atmosphere is zero. Martin Teigeler, Research and Development chief of Rolls-Royce Power Systems said: “The idea behind the fuel cell is as ingenious as it is simple and we’re all pretty familiar with it. But implementing it in practice can still be a difficult challenge,” “Now that fuel cells have reached series maturity, they’re ready for the commercial market. And we’re delighted to have Lab1886 as our partner, because their technological mindset fits ours perfectly. We’re confident that Mercedes-Benz fuel cell modules have the potential to open up new application possibilities in stationary power generation as well, and that’s our market.” TOP BLOG | Automotive giants Peugeot and Fiat announce plans for merger Susanne Hahn, head of Lab1886 Global added: “Our innovativeness has always been one of the main drivers of our long-term success and cross-industry exchange and collaboration have always been vital to it. We’re delighted to be supporting Rolls-Royce on a pilot project that will bring us closer to a successful energy transition outside the realm of the automobile.” If you're an organisation looking to attract the best talent or a candidate wanting to progress your career, then get in touch with Morson or browse our latest jobs here.

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    Sale Sharks vs Exeter Chiefs: Game Day Highlights

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ We followed Sale Sharks in yesterday's close defeat to Exeter and caught up with England head coach, Eddie Jones! It was another tough outing in the Champions Cup for Team Morson's Sale Sharks yesterday, as Steve Diamond's side narrowly lost 20-22 to Exeter in a thrilling encounter at the AJ Bell. Sale currently sit at third in Pool 2 and will be looking to keep their hopes of progression alive in the return fixture at Exeter next weekend. Prior to the game we caught up with England's head coach Eddie Jones, who gave us his pre-game thoughts: "I'd imagine it's going to be a really tough tussle. They've both looked pretty good. I think Sale's best Rugby is ahead of them, they've had a lot of new players come in and I'm sure Steve Diamond's men will be hoping it comes together" Match Report: The Sharks began the game on the front foot and opened the scoring in the 9th minute through a Rob du Preez penalty. Exeter looked to answer back as Hogg broke through the Sharks backs, but Ashton made great ground to get back and make the tackle in front of the sticks. However, a penalty try was awarded as Tom Curry tackled the 9 from an offside position. The away side extended their lead moments later, as Hogg went over after his chip and chase beat Ross. Simmonds was unable to convert and the score was 3-12 to the Chiefs after 17 minutes of play. Simmonds quickly made amends for his missed kick, as Sale were penalised for offside and he was good for the three points. The Sharks managed to get their first try of the day as Akker picked up the spills from the Chiefs’ failed clearance and got over. Rob du Preez missed the follow up from out wide and the score was 8-15 after a frantic opening 21 minutes. The end to end nature of the game continued, as Exeter responded with another try, with Cowan-Dickie getting over next to the posts. Simmonds was good for the conversion, as Exeter had a 14-point lead. Sale looked to reduce the deficit again and a fantastic drive from a line out saw Akker get over for his second of the game, to the roar of a sold-out AJ Bell. Rob du Preez pushed his kick just wide as the Sharks were trailing 13-22 heading into the break. Exeter began the second half with a relentless series of attacks, but the Sharks defence held up as the game during this period as the game reached the 60-minute mark. The Sharks managed to mount pressure of their own as they barraged towards the Exeter 22 with time running out. Sale got over in the 71st minute, but the try wasn’t given due to no clear grounding. The late pressure from the home side soon paid off, as Jono Ross stormed over and Rob du Preez was good for the follow up. This brought the scores to 20-22 with five minutes to play, setting up nail biting final moments. Despite the late charge from the Sharks, Exeter managed to hold on for their third successive victory in Europe. Post-Match thoughts: Steve Diamond relfected on a difficult first half for the Sharks, where he feels the game was ultimately lost for his side: "I thought we coughed it up in the first half to be honest. The weather looked a lot worse in the first half by the looks of it, but we hit a couple of exits and a side like Exeter will just prey on you. We just didn't exit from a couple of set-pieces and a couple of areas. Apart from that I think we did enough to challenge" There were big postives to take from the final 15 minutes of the game as Sale made a late charge in attack: "I thought in attack. The lineout functioned, we've had some issues with that recently. I thought the scrum was dominant with the starting front row and then the props came on. We emulate exeter in a lot of things they do. Their forwards were good, I thought our forwards matched them today and probably edged them near the end" We wish Sale all the best in training this week as they prepare for another huge game in Europe on Saturday. Sharks XV 15. Simon Hammersley, 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Sam James, 12. Rohan Janse van Rensberg, 11. Marland Yarde, 10. Rob Du Preez, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Jono Ross. 7. Ben Curry, 6. Tom Curry, 5. James Phillips, 4. Bryn Evans, 3. WillGriff John, 2. Akker van der Merwe, 1. Coenie Oosthuizen Replacements: 16. Curtis Langdon, 17. Ross Harrison, 18. Jake Cooper-Wooley, 19. Matt Postlethwaite, 20. Cameron Nield, 21. Will Cliff, 22. Luke James, 23. Denny Solomona Exeter XV 15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Jack Nowell, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Sam Hill, 11. Ian Whitten, 10. Joe Simmonds, 9. Nic White, 8. Sam Simmonds, 7. Jacques Vermeulen, 6. Dave Ewers, 5. Jonny Hill, 4. Dave Dennis, 3. Harry Williams, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1. Alec Hepburn Replacements: 16. Elvis Taione, 17. Ben Moon, 18. Marcus Steet, 19. Jannes Kirsten, 20. Don Armand, 21. Jack Maunder, 22. Gareth Steenson, 23. Olly Woodburn Stay up to date and read more Morson Sport news here

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    Heather Deering, Morson’s Health, Wellbeing and Engagement Partner discusses the importance of mental wellbeing

    MORSON BLOG | 3 MIN READ Morson's Health, Wellbeing & Engagement Partner delivers thought-provoking talk at Northern Powerhouse event The panel covered the importance of mental wellbeing in the workplace Our Health, Wellbeing and Engagement Partner, Heather Deering delivered a thought-provoking talk at the ‘Future Gazing: A 2020 Vision for Recruitment in the Northern Powerhouse’ event last week. We sat down with Heather to find out more about the event… As 2020 approaches, Recruiter and expert speakers held an event to look at how the government’s strategy for the Northern Powerhouse is progressing in the context of the recruitment industry. The event was sponsored by NatWest and examined the current economic state of play in the North, the region’s climate for job creation and vacancy filling, and trends being led by innovative recruitment businesses. Heather’s panel covered the subject of the importance of mental wellbeing and gave an insight into what Morson do around health and wellbeing. "For me personally, mental health was a priority on my agenda moving into this role. Why? It was identified as a priority by our employees in the consultation period. It's quite rightly very big on society's agenda at the moment and we already had some great foundations in place to build on." ​Morson recognises that any working environment has the potential to exacerbate mental illness and that many areas in which the company operates may have stress-inducing factors, such as rapid working pace, physical demands and delivery deadlines. “Research shows repeatedly that outcomes are better for people who are employed. Work is good for us. However, any working environment has the potential to negatively impact mental health or exacerbate mental illness and there are many aspects of a lot of our jobs that have the potential to exacerbate stress – examples being long hours, rapid work paces, tight deadlines etc. Some of these things we can’t control – it is just part and parcel of a role. What we do have control over is our organisational culture, our management practices and the support mechanisms we provide.” Morson launched MorFit three years ago and its wellbeing journey is well and truly underway. Although still early days, staff can enjoy not just the use of the company’s gym in the basement of its Manchester HQ, and fitness classes, but benefit from Morson’s new much broader and all-encompassing programme. To drive its health and wellbeing agenda and to build it into a long-term strategy, Morson appointed its first health, wellbeing and engagement partner, Heather. Talking about how she transitioned into the role, she said: “I spent a lot of time researching how to devise a successful health and wellbeing strategy – looking at theory, best practice examples and case studies from other organisations. There are six key themes that I identified: Visible buy-in and commitment from out board and senior leadership team We needed it to be employee led We needed to work with external bodies for those areas outside our expertise We needed to find and utilise wellbeing champions within our business We need to work with a message of empowerment, not dictation We need it to be measurable." Health and wellbeing has many factors to consider and whilst implementing a health and wellbeing programme into your business is something that we believe every company should have, it’s not something that can happen overnight: “Heath is multi-faceted and there are so many different factors that feed into our health and wellness, and the dimensions don’t exist in isolation. We’ve been promoting the message that these things are all intertwined for a long time and we want to ensure that we’re supporting health and wellbeing in a holistic way. The thing I keep reminding myself and the people I’m working with is that this is a marathon, not a sprint and it’s not just about quick fixes. Of course, there have been lots of easy things to implement, for example partnering with a local health food restaurant to get subsidised healthy lunches delivered each day along with providing a budget for our branches to buy fruit for the office. But they are only one small part of the picture.” Heather shared a glimpse into the wellbeing strategy for autumn and winter along with what might lie ahead: “No topic should be taboo. So, I want to take what we’ve done around mental health to remove the stigma and apply it to other traditionally uncomfortable topics, so our autumn and winter campaign is focusing on just that. We put on two really successful events – BreastFest and the Testicle Festival, which were focused around male and female cancers. We partnered with specialist charities to come in and deliver informational talks. We’re also about to launch a big piece around menopause and menstruation, things that maybe make people squirm a bit but have such a big impact on our day to day lives and wellbeing. The thing I keep reminding myself and the people I’m working with is that this is a marathon, not a sprint and it’s not just about quick fixes. Of course, there have been lots of easy things to implement, for example partnering with a local health food restaurant to get subsidised healthy lunches delivered each day along with providing a budget for our branches to buy fruit for the office. But they are only one small part of the picture.” Find out more about our health and wellbeing initiative here. Alternatively, if you’re looking for your next opportunity with Morson, click here to search for jobs.

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    Adamson House | The Morson Story - Part 8

    Morson Group has been celebrating 50 years in business in 2019. As part of our celebrations, we’ve created a book about the business; its foundations, its growth and its people. ​Over the next six weeks, we’re going to be releasing excerpts from the book, charting the Morson story from its earliest days to the present day. A decade of growth, inspiration and diversity By 2009, it was clear the offices at Stableford Hall would not be able to accommodate Morson’s future expansion plans; expansion that was both organic and driven by the acquisition of companies to help the business grow into new territories and sectors. In January 2010, Morson moved into Adamson House, a brand new, purpose-built headquarters on Centenary Way in Salford. Only a few miles from the Eccles home where Gerry founded the business in 1969, the location choice was as much about celebrating its geographic roots as it was logistics. Having purchased the land from Peel’s Sir John Whittaker, this bespoke build enabled them to create offices that met the growing needs of the business, including a range of staff facilities such as a gym and prayer room. At the time, Ged commented: “Remaining in Salford helps us retain the staff we’ve got, it’s important for them to be local. It also consolidates the position of all the branch offices in this region.” 500 staff would move in to these new offices to be responsible for managing over 10,000 contractors worldwide. And whilst the move marked a time for celebration, the northern weather wasn’t quite cooperating. Sue Armitage, who has worked on Morson International’s switchboard and reception since 1999, remembers the first days at Adamson House well: “It was an awful winter, the snow was incredible,” she says. “I was trying to get to work and there was a trail of us all driving in each other’s tracks. When I finally got there and opened the switchboard, it erupted with calls from concerned family members checking their loved ones had made it in to work safely; on top of all the usual business calls.” “And then Ged called. ‘Are you okay? Is everything alright? I’m stuck in my car but I’m coming,’ he said. It got so busy after that and later in the morning, one of the accountants came in saying ‘Ged sent me to help you, what do you want me to do to help?’ So, we ended up working together; me taking message after message and her rushing around to take them all over the building.” With the weather doing its worst outside, it would take nearly two weeks before a thaw brought normality to life at Adamson House. After a freezing start to its life the building received its warmer official opening in September 2010, attended by Sir Alex Ferguson and local artist Harold Riley, an old family friend. Watch our video, 'No Finish Line: The Story So Far' and hear the Morson story as told by those who have been part of it

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    Reflections, Retirement and Reverence : Crolla, Smith and Gallagher look back on their storied careers so far

    MORSON SPORT | 3 MIN READ Anthony Crolla, Callum Smith & Joe Gallagher look back on their huge year in discussion with Dom McGuinness! 2019 has been an eventful one to say the least for the Morson sponsored Anthony Crolla and Callum Smith. The former said farewell to the sport in his home city whilst the latter defended his multiple world titles on two of Matchroom's marquee shows. We recently hosted a panel event with the two boxers and trainer Joe Gallagher to reflect on the careers of the three men to date and look ahead to their futures. Crolla: Retirement and Reflection Anthony Crolla has always stated that he has wanted to leave the sport before he is forced to leave it. With exciting work in coaching prospect Dylan Evans and punditry with Sky Sports presenting itself throughout the year, this was the right time for Million Dollar to walk away from boxing. Prior to his final fight, Crolla had the opportunity to fight P4P great, Vasily Lomachenko back in April. This was a massively valuable experience against a truly elite athlete and a payday that would secure a fruitful future for his family. After the Lomachenko fight, Anthony entered the Manchester Arena for the final time as he defeated the tough and durable Frank Urquiaga. When speaking with Dom McGuinness at our panel event, Crolla looked back on a memorable night back in 2013, which was truly make or break for his career: “I remember the Gavin Rees fight; my wife was heavily pregnant at the time and winning that fight allowed me to have that contract with Matchroom. If I’d have lost that fight, I think I wouldn’t have been able to be a full time professional boxer. That win allowed me to put a deposit on the house and you can see after that what it meant to me” Anthony suffered seven losses during his 45-fight career, with an early loss to part time ice-cream manYoussef Al Hamidi momentarily setting his career back. Even though each defeat was tough to take in their own right, the 33-year-old sees them as vital learning curves to enable future progress: “Joe took me on when very few people thought I would achieve a fraction of what I did. I had a fair few defeats but I never looked at them as losses, I looked at them as lessons. I had a few harsh lessons but I wouldn’t change them, they made me who I was and that gave me career that I had.” The former WBA Lightweight Champion also pinpointed two of his proudest moments during his time in the ring: “If I had to pick two moments, it’d be winning the world title or defending my world title. Being introduced as a world champion from Manchester by Michael Buffer and walking out still champion was probably the highlight of my career” Callum Smith: Money fights and Vegas nights ahead for Mundo? Last month saw Callum Smith successfully defend his WBA Super-Middleweight world title in a tougher than expected battle against mandatory challenger John Ryder. Callum admitted it wasn’t the best performance from himself in his initial post-fight interviews and fans and pundits voiced their opinions on whether the scorecards should have been as widely in favour of the youngest Smith brother in the immediate aftermath of the contest. Now that some time has passed, Callum gave his take on the fight and his performance: “You’ve got to expect a bit of criticism when you don’t box well, that’s just part of being a world champion and I didn’t at the weekend. I’ve always said a good fighter wins when they perform and wins when they don’t and I believe I did that. Everyone thought it was going to be a blowout but it wasn’t, he earned his position to challenge for the World title and I went in there and go the win” He continued: “I’d like to just fight the biggest names possible, it’ll give me that fear factor of if I don’t perform I’ll lose. The possibility of losing has always brought out the best in me, I get that fear when I fight the big names. I’ve got a very good team around me and hopefully they can deliver the big names next year” Speaking of big names, Callum has a particular superstar in mind that he’s looking to throw down with next: “Canelo. That’s the fight everyone wants, he’s the biggest name in boxing. It’s a fight I’d welcome and a fight I believe I would win. I believe he’s a better Middleweight than Super-Middleweight or Light-Heavyweight. If it’s not Canelo, then there’s a lot of other good fighters I’d love to share the ring with” Joe Gallagher: Man management and Sacrifice Manchester born Joe Gallagher became the first trainer to be named the Boxing News British Trainer of the year twice with his second win this year, a testament to his work in producing a number of world champions from his Gallagher’s gym stable. Joe gave an insight into one of the important ways he developed unique working relationships with each of his fighters: “For 10 years, I’ve always ran a stable of 10-12 fighters and it’s the man management that’s key. You can’t treat them all the same. Years ago, we went to L.A but it was more for me to get to know my fighters. Outside of the gym, Callum and his brothers will go home and play a game of tennis, Anthony will help at his amateur club and others will play on their Playstation. It made me understand what made them tick.” Gallagher also highlighted the more challenging aspects that come with being a world class coach and the sacrifices that are made to consistently reach targets: ‘The hardest thing for me is the studying the opponents and getting the potential sparring partners. The lads will come in on a Monday and ask if I watched the fight at the weekend and I’ll tell them that I haven’t because I’ve been watching their opponents. It affects your family life… I’ve had to miss parents’ evenings etc” All three men should be immensely proud of what they have achieved so far and it was great to have Anthony, Callum and Joe at Adamson House to discuss manifesting goals, exceeding expectations and keys to staying motivated. We would like to congratulate the Gallagher’s Gym and Morson representatives on a great 2019 and look forward to seeing how the future unfolds! Stay up to date and read more Morson Sport news here

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    Morson CEO Ged Mason takes home RailStaff Lifetime Achievement Award

    MORSON NEWS | 3 MIN READ Morson Group CEO Ged Mason wins 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the annual RailStaff Awards The award highlights Morson's excellent track record in the rail business Morson Group CEO Ged Mason took home the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 RailStaff Awards. The award was presented to Ged at a packed ceremony at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on Thursday 28th November 2019. Speaking of the award, Ged Mason said: “It’s a true honour and a privilege to be awarded this Lifetime Achievement accolade, especially given the strength of the entrants on the shortlist. This year we’ve celebrated 50 years in business and we’ve been involved in the rail sector for a large portion of that time, working on some of the biggest projects like Crossrail, the Channel Tunnel, the Jubilee Line and now HS2. I’d like to dedicate this award to all the Morson contractors working out on assignments and my colleagues who have supported me on our journey.” Chris Davis of Network Rail and Andrew Fairbank of South Western Railway took the runners up spots. The submission highlighted Morson’s global reach and, led by Ged, its focus on the future of engineering and bridging the skills gap. While advancing its international reach, a focus remains on accelerating growth in the UK, with planned expansion into complementary marketplaces, particularly IT, professional services and infrastructure to satisfy labour requirements required to deliver HS2, nuclear new-build, construction and other major infrastructure projects. In his drive toward global growth, Ged has accelerated the company’s integration of technology, setting the tone for Morson and the industry for years to come. Recent technology investments include: a £1.5m Vencuro application enabling seamless management of end-to-end tasks and access to real-time data; streamlining candidate website journeys – increasing direct website applications by 95% and generating revenues of £6.2m; new bespoke microsites yielding up to a 45% rise in applications; proven social media campaigns. Bridging the skills gap Amid escalating competition for talent Morson has worked to introduce extraordinary changes within the industry, innovating to bridge skills gaps while discovering new candidates in previously untapped sources, tackling diversity challenges and opening doors for fresh talent. A key extension of the Group’s company values is the provision of extensive training to senior management in the area of Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion. Morson has led several targeted initiatives, including its pledge to double women’s engineering contracts by 2020. Pre-pledge figures showed that women comprised just 7.5% of total engineering contracts. This has risen to 13% in the short period since Morson embarked on its commitment, as the company has more than 1,800 female engineers working worldwide. Having received an OBE in 2016 and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration (HonDBA) for services to the business sector and local area from The University of Salford in 2014, Ged has used his position and Morson’s success as a platform for helping others. Writing about his submission, the awarding body stated that: “Ged Mason, who joined the Morson Group in 1986, became managing director in 1999 and CEO in 2005. He has embraced the family values with which the company was founded. As it nears £1billion Group turnover, Ged continues his father’s legacy in leading Morson, which is the UK’s largest independently-owned recruitment business. In his drive toward global growth, Ged has accelerated the company’s integration of technology, setting the tone for Morson and the industry for years to come.” ​​

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    Vital interventions: Driving fleet safety and protecting lives on track

    SAFETY MATTERS | 2 MIN READ We take a look at how our Trespass and Vandalism Patrollers help to monitor some of the busiest mainlines and most vulnerable locations, delivering potentially life-saving interventions. On the road, our Fleet department and external clients, together with South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, hold a ‘Driving at Work Consequences’ awareness day. Our Trespass and Vandalism Patrollers, working alongside train operators and the British Transport Police (BTP), monitor some of Network Rail’s busiest mainlines and most vulnerable locations by delivering potentially life-saving interventions. Some recent examples include concerns of a suicidal female at Northallerton Station. On patrol was Dalton Qualter and Rob Ralph who were approached by a female on Platform 2 asking when the next train would be coming through that didn’t stop. Together with a member of the public, Dalton prevented the female from jumping onto the tracks whilst Rob raised the alarm with the BTP. Eventually, the pair got the female into shelter, yet she attempted to run towards the platform edge as each train approached. The female had signs of mental illness, but together, Dalton and Rob were able to distract her and prevent any incidents before the BTP arrived. Commenting on the incident, inspector Richard Price of the BTP, said: “I’m pleased to hear that the Vital Patrollers have again intervened and acted in a positive manner when alerted to a distressed female at Northallerton station. “It appears that quick thinking and positive actions may have prevented a serious incident and protected a vulnerable female who was putting herself in a dangerous position. This is an excellent example of the good work that our Patrollers are performing.” At Croxdale Viaduct in Durham, Vital Patrollers Neil Miley and Gary Coulter arrived to find a female sat in the cess and were able to negotiate her to a place of safety so that she could receive the help she needed. This ending could have been dramatically different as the female in question had intended to end her life that day and was, in fact, a high-risk missing person that the Police were currently searching for via their Helicopter Air Support Team. We also want to say a special congratulations to Jack Dawson, who was awarded the Vital’s Health and Safety Department Award. Jack’s controlled and decisive handling of an incident in which a member of the public appeared to be contemplating suicide, having been extremely intoxicated and distressed, helped to save the man’s life. As soon as the individual accessed the track, Jack intervened, calling the Police whilst maintaining a protective watch over the person concerned. Jack’s handling of the situation, which could have had potentially irreversible consequences, was voted the unanimous winner by his colleagues, who praised Jack’s professionalism and care that extended beyond his immediate scope of duties. Driving fleet safety Part of our Silver Safety Campaign, our Fleet department and external clients, together with South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, held a ‘Driving at Work Consequences’ awareness day. The interactive session included the importance of vehicle pre-use checks, understanding the consequences and impact of road traffic collisions and information on drink and drug driving. A virtual reality video also put them in the passenger seat of a vehicle involved in an incident to showcase how they’re dealt with and responded to by the Emergency Services. Following the video, the session then discussed the aftermath and legal consequences, including acting out court and prison scene scenarios. The purpose of the virtual reality video was to showcase the effects of the accident not only on the driver, but other parties involved, including family members. It also highlighted how all corners of the business have a responsibility to work in unison to deliver a robust safety culture and that all fleet policies and procedures are adhered to. The feedback was hugely positive, and we plan on running further Driving at Work Consequences days later this year. Download our latest issue of Safety Matters to read more about everything from health and safety innovation and project wins to top tips and case studies. Or, to search for our latest jobs, click here.

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