New investment helps protect staff from covid infection

Stairways New investment helps protect staff from covid infection

Stairways Midlands has invested in new technology to help keep colleagues safe during the Covid pandemic while improving efficiency at the same time.

A new time and attendance system, from Actin Time, has been deployed across all three sites. It has the added functionality of checking an employee’s temperature each time they clock in to ensure it is not above 37.8C – a key symptom of coronavirus to look out for.

It uses facial recognition to both clock-in a person for their shift and measure their temperature at the same time. If the temperature is too high, they cannot immediately start work and must go for a secondary check as a precaution.

The Actin Time Complete Workforce Suite links directly to the company’s payroll system to streamline payments to staff and further aid financial management.

Nikki Bowen, Financial Controller for the Stairways Group, said: “This is a win-win for us in terms of safeguarding and improving financial management.

“We cannot function without a healthy and happy workforce. This is an additional measure we have invested in to help safeguard all employees and ensue records of their work patterns are as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

“In addition, the improved reporting will enable management decisions to be made more quickly from a better-informed standpoint.”

At the same time, Stairways Midlands has been consulting with its 113 employees on moving everyone to monthly payments rather than a split between weekly and monthly payroll runs – something which has been met positively by staff.

Karen Wood, Joint Managing Director, said: “Our colleagues, as always, have come up trumps and been really helpful in providing feedback, engaging with the process and embracing change.

“We hope these two measures will help us improve efficiency further which, of course, is good both for the business and for customers.”

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Stairways, founded in 1989, has grown to become one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of carpentry and joinery products. Stairways now boast three state-of-art facilities that offer over 85,000 sq ft production capacity. Stairways goal is to raise their profile and brand awareness to become known throughout the industry as the UK’s leading staircase and door solution provider.

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Commitment

As a highly reputable firm within the industry, Stairways are dedicated to meeting their client’s product and application requirements. All materials used are manufactured to the highest quality and meet the relevant standards achieving ISO9001, FSC®, and various product certifications, whilst their staircases and door solutions are manufactured with compliance to UK building regulations & legislative standards in mind. Using the knowledge, passion, and experience acquired across all team members over the past thirty years, Stairways aim to continue to be the best in what they do.

THE FUTURE

Stairways are continuously looking for opportunities to improve and expand their service offering; this includes the investment in new machinery to further enhance and innovate the manufacturing process, with the aim to shorten lead times and increase overall in-house capacity. The changes Stairways employ are always focused upon improving the customer experience, to ensure their process remains as efficient as possible from start to finish.

THE HISTORY

Privately owned and managed since it was founded in 1989, Stairways has grown to become one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of carpentry and joinery products. Starting as a small staircase manufacturer, Stairways now boast three state-of-art facilities that offer over 85,000 sq ft of bespoke and mass production capacity.

RESIDENTIAL

Stairways are passionate about helping national and regional housebuilders, architects and contractors complete large-scale project requirements within the residential sector. Stairways quality timber staircases and door solutions are often specified due to their functionality, flexibility and ease of installation, whilst offering peace of mind compliance.

STUDENT ACCOMMODATION

Stairways are the perfect supplier of FSC® accredited range of door solutions. Offering a range of door and frame finishes, acoustic, fire and smoke resistant configurations that are ideally suited for heavy traffic student accommodation. Their vast experience with producing high-quality door solutions for a wide range of projects ensures that they consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specification and performance requirements.

Leisure

Choose from Stairways variety of opening systems within the Eco-Mercial range to best assist with functionality and performance requirements. Our vast experience with producing high-quality door solutions and staircases for a wide range of projects ensures that we consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specifications, and performance requirements.

Education

Choose from Stairways variety of opening systems within the Eco-Mercial range to best assist with functionality and performance requirements. Our vast experience with producing high-quality door solutions and staircases for a wide range of projects ensures that we consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specification and performance requirements.

Commercial

Stairways provide innovative design and finishing solutions to architects, specifiers and contractors. Our FSC® accredited range of door solution and staircase products are ideally suited for heavy-duty applications within the commercial sector.

Hotels

Stairways are one of the leading manufacturers of doors, door sets, and door solutions. Their door solutions for hotels and leisure facilities meet and exceed all the relevant safety and performance requirements, whilst achieving the relevant aesthetics in keeping with the building design.

Medical

Stairways are the perfect supplier of FSC® accredited range of door solutions. Offering a range of door and frame finishes, acoustic, fire and smoke resistant configurations that are ideally suited for heavy traffic medical facilities. Their vast experience with producing high volume, high-quality door solutions that consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specification, and performance requirements.