Company culture key to success
Carl Saywell only started his Hamilton based company MS Civil Contracting in 2017. But it’s grown so rapidly it was named runner up in the 2019 Deloitte Fast 50 for the Central North Island region in the Rising Star section, which uncovers businesses that are recognised as early-stage, high-potential, innovative companies.
“It was pretty inspiring, knowing you are being judged against some other great companies. It’s affirmation that we are heading in the right direction,” he says.Carl’s company stood out as he has focused on building MC Civil as a family.
“The reason most of us go to work is to provide for our families. My vision is building a company where everybody knows each other’s name and getting home to family is number one,” he says.
In practical terms this translates into good communication within the team, especially when it comes to weekend work so that people still have important family time. Carl says he aims to create workplace where staff are happy and engaged in what they do rather than focusing on profit.
“If we create the right company culture, profit will follow,” he says.It’s no surprise then that looking after staff is a big priority.
For example MS Civil has employed employee assistance programme provider EAP Services so that staff can ring EAP Services any time anonymously and book in counselling sessions if they feel they need assistance.
“We also regularly check in on staff and our manager is in contact with around 80% of the team on a daily basis. We also have a monthly get together with everyone, usually a barbeque, where we can discuss any issues and people can voice their opinions freely,” he says.
MS Civil has a team with ages ranging from approximately 18-65 with the main part of the team in the 25-35 year age bracket. Carl says he employs based on attitude rather than just skills as skills can be taught.
Carl brings a vast range of skills within the civil engineering industry to the company and has worked in both New Zealand and the Pacific Islands managing surfacing and construction projects.
He has worked on maintenance contracts carrying out asset management and operational delivery as well as design and offers ten years’ experience in the industry from working on state highway projects through to farm race metalling and water tabling.
This has enabled MS Civil to offer a range of services including earthworks, building ponds and feed out pads, drain clearing, race work, development, tractor and trailer cartage and on site stripping of quarries and spreading.
The company sources, supplies, places and compacts aggregates for roading and development work and undertakes rehabilitation works with stabilising and sealing. Minor works such as footpath construction, drive-way construction, dig outs and concrete/asphalt finishes are also undertaken.
MS Civil also owns its own fleet of trucks and trailers to offer cartage services for its own projects as well as a stand-alone service.Currently employing around 20 staff Carl aims to more than double the size of the company to cope with the demand in the Hamilton and Waikato region, offering clients a complete, hassle-free service.
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