Vicky Murphy

17th April 2019

Tradstocks are one of Scotland’s major suppliers of natural stone for construction and landscaping and also specialises in sourcing and supplying quality reclaimed/recycled natural stone materials. 

Director Peter Stewart with a team of 44 is committed to using environmentally friendly methods at every stage of the quarrying to finished product process, to minimise our impact on the environment and keep our carbon footprint to a minimum.

When selecting our HR consultancy service, it was important that we found someone who understands our business.  Vicky from STEP HR continually shows her exceptional knowledge and experience in the HR sector combined with a detailed understanding of our business and individual needs, as such we know we can always rely on the team at STEP to give the most accurate and relevant advice in a prompt professional manner.Peter Stewart, Director, Tradstocks 

The Challenge

Tradstocks employ 44 staff working in construction, admin and office support roles. When the company contacted STEP regarding HR services one of their main challenge was staff sickness, they needed to find a way to reduce and control the absence levels they were experiencing.

STEP HR brought in processes and systems to tackle absences which have seen absence rates reduce significantly and quickly which has led to making significant financial savings. It has also had a positive impact on the culture in the organisation.

What was done

STEP HR developed an effective sickness absence management programme, which addressed absences directly whilst supporting employees and business needs.  Responsibility was allocated and process were introduced to assist with reporting.

Due to procedures being put in place absences are dealt with consistently and timely which in turn reduce the chances of them becoming more serious or for longer periods of time.

Through initial training and ongoing support from the team at STEP we are now able to effectively manage our absence which has significantly reduced our absence rates at Tradstocks.  – Peter Stewart, Director, Tradstocks 

The Future

For Tradstocks it was important that their HR service was bespoke and covered all core HR matters. Using STEP HR means that they get a complete bespoke service. The STEP team get to know a lot about the business, meaning STEP is now on hand as an outsourced HR department.

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