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A week in the life of .... our HR Team

This week we celebrate International Womens Day by taking a look at a week in the life of some of our employees here at Atlas Copco.

HR team

We are a HR Team with five members who look after everything in the employee lifecycle from hire to retire. Between us we have 56 years’ experience within the Atlas Copco Group. Our team members are: Joanna Heary, Michelle Williams, Charmaine Vassie, April Harbour, and Megan Gamble.


Monday morning Megan held a HR induction for 2 of our new employees. The induction takes them through the background of the company, key policies and procedures, employee benefits, and gives them an opportunity to raise any questions they may have on starting their journey with Atlas Copco. They get a tour of the building and to meet their new colleagues face to face.

This week was the start of month-end processing; Megan finalised and distributed the payroll reports to Business Controllers and collated the figures for the People Management reporting for input into our Group reporting. Michelle also began month-end processes for the pension scheme; all employees need to be in line with the auto enrolment regulations, this includes new starters, leavers & changes – letters are then sent out accordingly. Contributions also need to be uploaded to Aviva each month.


an image of some post it notes that were used in an agile team training session

Jo and Clive, our Business Line Manager for the Motor Vehicle Industry (MVI) ran a training course today about Agile Team working. Agile Development is a set of methods and practices where solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing and cross-functional teams. The team consists of employees working intensively together to deliver value to our customers through our products and services and respond to change and reduce risk.
An image of lego being used for training at an Atlas Copco event UK

This is based on the foundation of focus, trust, responsibility, transparency & openness and inspect & adapt. The team is self-directive and meets briefly every day to ask themselves “What did I do yesterday? What am I going to do today? What’s stopping me? Where do I need support? “

We are planning to use the Agile methodology for some of our up and coming complex projects in our MVI customers so now the team are ready to go ….


An image of a team building game being played during a training session

Jo ran another training session today. This time a Belbin coaching day for two of our Customer Support Teams. This is where we look at ourselves and answer some behavioural questions then get observers to do the same thing. This then defines our preferred team role out of nine roles. By doing this we can identify our strengths and manage our weaknesses.
A diagram of the Belbin methodology for AC UK training

By using Belbin, individuals have a greater self-understanding of their strengths, which leads to more effective communication between colleagues and managers. Great teams can be put together, existing teams can be understood and improved, and everyone can feel that they are making a difference in the workplace. We had several team workers and implementers, but no shapers or co-ordinators!


On Thursday there was a governance meeting to discuss the superannuation pension scheme; the committee reviewed the business plan, the risk register, and the timetable for the scheme. Michelle has also been collating information to prepare for the annual salary review process which takes place in March.

Charmaine held a meeting with an employee to discuss their performance in their current job role, the progress they are making, and how they can enhance their performance through new learning and tackling tasks and responsibilities. They put together a performance development review plan.

A banner promoting speak up
The HR Sharepoint site was updated with up to date initiatives, local news, and wellbeing & branding events that we have been part of. This included information about caring for your heart, #BeKind, corona virus advice and how to write a CV and prepare for an interview with Year 9 students at a local school.

April attended the first round of interviews with the recruiting manager. Following the first interview, personality profiles are sent to the potential candidates. Once the profiles are complete, the results are sent back and are reviewed prior to the second round of interviews. This helps HR and the recruiting manager analyse and understand personality traits, which can then be used to ask competency-based questions during the second interview.


A meeting was held with the Corporate Communications Manager to discuss ideas for the careers part of the website, to look at ordering new pull ups for careers events at schools and universities in line with our new Employee Value Proposition and corporate identity as the ‘Home of Industrial Ideas’ and also to view a new video which has been made where our employees are discussing how it feels to work at Atlas Copco.

Charmaine, along with the Communications team, had a trial run of a Story Telling scheme for a new initiative to help bring to life working in the Group.

The whole team completed HR:Link Master Data Management training, this is mandatory training for HR members within the Atlas Copco Group.

International Women's Day logo
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.

#IWD2020 #EachforEqual

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