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Balfour Beatty Ensures Staff Safety with New Conflict Management Training


Balfour Beatty, a leading construction and engineering company, has once again demonstrated its commitment to employee safety with the introduction of a groundbreaking conflict management training program. Recognising the potential risks associated with workplace conflicts, Balfour Beatty has taken proactive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of its staff through this innovative training initiative.

Anthony Agate Initiated contact with both myself and Craig Smith DipHE, CMgr MCMI.to design a bespoke Conflict Management Training programme for staff throughout the Herefordshire County. Anthony and the management team, consulted with Minerva Elite Performance because of their expertise and over 20 years experience in the development and delivery of bespoke education and safety programmes. Yesterday saw the first course delivery, with handpicked representatives from Health & Safety and the Senior Management Team.

Creating a Safe Work Environment:

By implementing this new conflict management training, Balfour Beatty is empowering its employees with the necessary skills to effectively navigate and resolve conflicts in the workplace. The company acknowledges that addressing and mitigating conflicts is essential for maintaining a safe work environment, fostering positive relationships, and improving overall productivity.

Enhancing Communication and Trust:

The training program focuses on equipping staff with effective communication techniques, active listening skills, and emotional intelligence. By promoting healthy dialogue and understanding, Balfour Beatty aims to prevent conflicts from escalating into more serious situations. Employees learn how to communicate constructively, express their thoughts and emotions without hostility, and manage conflict situations professionally.

Promoting Conflict Resolution Strategies:

Minerva Elite Performance’s conflict management training program also emphasises problem-solving and mediation skills. Balfour Beatty staff members are trained on various conflict resolution strategies, encouraging them to find common ground, brainstorm creative solutions, and mediate conflicts between them and members of the public as well as dealing with conflict between team members. This proactive approach ensures that disagreements are resolved in a fair and amicable manner, avoiding potential harm or safety risks.

Commitment to Cultural Sensitivity:

Acknowledging the diverse nature of its workforce, Balfour Beatty’s training program also places a strong emphasis on cultural sensitivity. Employees will be educated on the importance of respecting and understanding different cultural perspectives, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment where conflicts are less likely to occur.


Balfour Beatty’s engagement with Minerva Elite Performance to develop the new conflict management training program, serves as a testament to the company’s unwavering commitment to staff safety. By equipping employees with the skills and strategies necessary to navigate conflicts, the company ensures a safe and harmonious work environment. This proactive approach not only mitigates safety risks but also enhances communication, trust, and overall employee well-being within the organisation. Balfour Beatty continues to set the standard in prioritising the safety and welfare of its staff, solidifying its reputation as an industry leader.

Guy Batchelor Craig Smith DipHE, CMgr MCMI. Anthony Agate Jacki Costello Rachel Batchelor Jo Griffiths

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