Workplace conflict Ellis Fox blog

How to make the best of a bad work situation

While you may be able to choose which company you work for, the unfortunate reality is that team members come and go and as a result you can’t always choose your work colleagues.  Some people can be difficult to work with, just because of the way that they interact with others or their personalities. And…

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Construction safety Ellis Fox Blog

Building Safety in the Spotlight

Safety on construction sites remains a challenge for the industry. While not always as catastrophic as the Grenfell fire, which shook up the industry safety standards in a major way, accidents resulting in major injuries and death still occur far too frequently. In recent months, the new Building Safety Act was passed into law and…

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Salary match Ellis Fox Blog

Matching salaries – good or bad policy?

There has been a power shift. With so many jobs available and companies struggling to retain current employees, jobseekers are finding they have more leverage when seeking out new roles. This dynamic is driving companies to rethink their policies and benefits and it is creating a new way of working – none of which are…

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Construction innovation Ellis Fox Blog

What does technology bring to construction?

It’s generally perceived that investing in innovative technology is something for early adopters. Those willing to take a risk and who can afford to lose money if it doesn’t pan out. But let’s be honest, what business in any industry right now can afford to lose money? It shouldn’t be an excuse to retain less…

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Beyond diversity EFB

Why diversity and inclusion needs to reach beyond hiring

Diversity, equality and inclusivity has become increasingly important in the workplace. Not just from a hiring perspective but also in terms of company policies, benefits offered and terms of employment. For many employees, the pandemic ushered in a heightened awareness of how much of home life is required to be sacrificed for the sake of…

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Onboarding Ellis Fox Blog

3 Tips for settling in quickly at a new role

Starting a new position can almost be as daunting as the interview process. Now that you’ve been hired, there’s a degree of pressure to prove that the company made the right choice. Plus, the first impressions you make with colleagues can be a big influence on how cohesively you work as a team. Here are…

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Net zero construction Ellis Fox Blog

What’s hindering construction’s net zero ambitions?

Globally, the UK stands out as having set some of the most ambitious net zero targets and have been widely applauded for this. But the clock is ticking. One has to wonder that perhaps other countries were wise to formulate plans before they committed to net zero promises. There’s absolutely no doubt that the transition…

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Diversity construction 2022 Ellis Fox Blog

What’s the current state of diversity in construction?

The construction sector has often come under fire for the gender pay gap and lack of diversity within the industry, as well as the lack of progress in this regard. The response of many construction professionals is somewhat defensive, citing that it isn’t a true reflection of what’s happening in the industry. What is the…

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Water Neutrality Ellis Fox Blog

Sustainability spotlight on Water Neutrality in Construction

The task of initiating sustainable business practices is becoming increasingly complex. While a great deal of focus has been placed on more sustainable building methods, increasing energy efficiency, using repurposed building materials and reducing waste on site, an element of sustainability that isn’t widely talked about is water neutrality. A recent industry survey of construction…

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Energy resilience Ellis Fox Blog

Energy Resilience – renewed urgency to transition to renewables

With their ambitious net zero targets, the UK government has been praised for legislating the path to a greener, more sustainable energy infrastructure. Yet the reality of achieving those goals is still a long way off. Even as an increasing number of investments in hydrogen, wind and solar projects are being made, for now the…

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Infrastructure UK Ellis Fox Blog

Can infrastructure deliver government’s promises?

Since the early stages of the pandemic, the infrastructure sector was placed in the limelight as the industry that would help the UK economy weather the uncertainties ahead. Certainly big promises were made of investments and a pipeline of projects and to a degree, some of these have been fulfilled. For example: HS2 was given…

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Construction health Ellis Fox Blog

Counting the cost of Covid – How healthy is UK construction really?

This past week saw yet another major construction and property service company Midas fall into administration. Construction has halted on all projects and it’s estimated that more than 300 people have lost their jobs. This is significant in an industry that has been experiencing steady growth the past two years despite the pandemic, and a…

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