As colleagues pass the baton and shifts swap over, we thought it would be a good idea to catch up with some of our colleagues from Body to find out more about their experience over the last few weeks, what advice they can give their colleagues who are returning to the plant and how they have embraced the ‘RESET’ mindset.
As colleagues returned to plant at the beginning of June our Plant Director, Trevor Leeks, shared our plan to RESET especially how we can RESET some of our behaviours and ways of working. RESET is about building on what we have been focussing on as a team for the last year, coming to work every day, not passing faults forward and if you do – flag it and getting involved in Continuous Improvement activity.
Many of our colleagues from Body told us they were ready to return to the plant but were worried about the ‘unknown’ and what the new normal in Halewood would look like. Phil McCullough, Bodysides, told us, “There’s a lot of changes, with one-way systems which take a bit of getting used to but once I returned I was confident the business was taking enough measures to keep us safe.”
To the surprise of many of our colleagues from Body who returned to plant their day-to-day roles had not changed that dramatically, the biggest change is you sometimes need to shout that bit louder to your colleague as communication with the visors can be a little challenging!
Returning has come with its challenges though, things like lift sharing, childcare and planning meals to bring in have all been things that colleagues have had to get used to, but they’ve also appreciated getting back to some form of normality, seeing their friends and for some even escaping the kids for a few hours!
Our colleagues over the last few weeks have really embraced the RESET mentality bringing a positive attitude and energy to our start up and we know that will be continued with our colleagues that are returning in the coming weeks. Kim Challis, BiW Clerk, has some great advice for those returning, “You will soon adjust to the new normal. Stay positive and follow the safety guidelines, they are there to keep us all safe!”