In March 2019, Workplace Alliance published an article highlighting how one of our valued employees, Daniel Atkins manages his MS and thrives in the workplace in spite of his MS diagnoses. Here is a recap and update on how Daniel continues to impress and inspire all of us at Workplace Alliance with his can do attitude and determination.

Recap
“Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is often misunderstood by employers” according to Workplace Alliance’s newest team member Daniel Atkins.

Daniel joined the Workplace Alliance team as fully operational Maintenance Fitter, operating out of Godfrey Hirst in Geelong.

Having completed his apprenticeship in 2012, and after being made redundant after his previous employer shut down operations locally, Daniel has not only successfully managed his MS, but also the unsubstantiated concerns and assumptions of future employers. “I’ve had a number of employers knock me back after letting them know I have MS. I even had one employer tell me that I was too much of an OH&S risk even though I have a spotless employment record and 3 days off work since being diagnosed in 2010. Other employers just didn’t ring me back” Daniel explains.

A chance meeting connected Daniel with Workplace Alliance Managing Director Wayne Allan, who also acted as Daniel’s supervisor during his apprenticeship. Wayne says “Daniel is a welcomed new team member who offers great skill, enthusiasm and experience to our company.”

Daniel has worked with Wayne, his supervisor and the team to ensure they are aware and understand his disease. “I take responsibility for my disease and the quality and safety of my work” Daniel explains. “Wayne and my supervisor Craig have been great in giving me this opportunity. The only thing they have requested of me is to keep them informed of how I am and anything else that may impact on my role. It has lifted my spirits to be doing the work I love, and can still do at a high level.”

Daniel’s message to employers considering employing someone with a disease or disability such as MS is simple. “Talk to the person first to understand the disease or disability and whether the they feel they are capable of doing the work at the level you require.”

Wayne’s advice is also simple “Give people like Daniel a go. Workplace Alliance has an opportunity and a moral compass that points to giving people like Daniel a chance. Workplace Alliance, Daniel and our team will benefit from this experience and others like it. We all have limitations, it is up to all of us to understand and work with each other to manage and minimise every limitation. Doing this enables us to get the best out of each moment and each other.”

Update
Daniel​ continues to inspire the team at Workplace Alliance and continues to deliver great work outcomes as he and the team manage his MS.

A father of two beautiful children with one due any day, Daniel says he loves the work he undertakes at Workplace Alliance. “This is the best place I’ve ever worked. I love the type of work, the variety, but most of all, as a father I also love the pay.” Daniel says.

A keen gardener, Daniel says MS can be overwhelming and there are days that I struggle, but I feel the team and the organisation has my back and has been understanding and supportive of my MS management plan. “I feel safe, valued and supported”

Daniel’s work ethic and skill base has been recognised by Workplace Alliance with Daniel working on many projects and having his role progressing in the organisation.

Workplace Alliance is big on providing opportunities for people of all abilities and backgrounds.
Managing Director, Wayne Allan said “We are working on a number of community projects including working closely with Geelong Cats legend Matt Stokes to provide opportunities for local indigenous youth through his SEEKER.Global program.”

“We (Workplace Alliance) believe in the circular economy in supporting local business and community, providing opportunities for those who need our support and belief. We see Daniel as a role model and his story inspires us to do more.” Wayne says

For more information on MS visit the MS Australia website.
For more information on the SEEKER.Global Program visit their website

Workplace Alliance is an Australian-based company offering extensive industrial engineering support services, including Facilities Maintenance to businesses in a range of industries across the globe.

Geelong based, Workplace Alliance Engineering are pleased to announce that they have signed up with North Geelong Secondary College to provide much needed funds to support their Excellence in Sport Program.

Managing Director, Wayne Allan commented “We see sport as one of life’s great equalisers and our donation to fund three young people in North Geelong Secondary College’s progressive program worth contributing to.”

Workplace Alliance Engineering are also proud long-term supporters of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), and have been supporting and encouraging both young women and men to enter a career in trades and engineering.

“We see our involvement in this valuable community program as another ‘cog in the wheel’ of a local company supporting socially disadvantaged youth. Our challenge from Workplace Alliance Engineering to other Geelong companies is to get on board and support programs such as the one offered by North Geelong Secondary that give our youth a hand up.” Mr Allan said.

Our support would also not be possible without the fantastic work of all of our team at Workplace Alliance. We are very proud to be involved.

Workplace Alliance Engineering is a Geelong-based company offering extensive industrial engineering support services to businesses in a range of industries.

Workplace Alliance is excited to welcome tradesperson Hannah Terry to our team.

Managing Director, Wayne Allan says that having Hannah and other women on the team adds great variety and balance to our workplace. “We encourage and welcome any women who want to work in this field. We are working hard with a number of STEM based organisations to encourage more women to enter our industry direct from school.” Wayne says.

Hannah is one of a number of women who are an integral part of the team at Workplace Alliance.

Workplace Alliance is a Geelong-based company offering extensive industrial engineering services to businesses in a range of industries.

Our team recently got behind the Bushfire Appeal with a series of fundraising activities that raised over $1900.

Our team is grateful for the brave efforts of firefighters and others on the front-line and the amazing individuals that have volunteered their time in providing much needed community support.

Workplace Alliance also thanks Boral and Godfrey Hirst for their support of our fundraising initiative.

Update: Workplace Alliance would like to thank Carbon Revolution and their partners who joined our team in our fundraising efforts. This has lifted our teams contribution to the Bushfire Appeal to over $5100.

Join Workplace Alliance and our team in supporting those affected by donating.

Go to Vic Bushfire Disaster Appeal or the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal.

Workplace Alliance is a Geelong-based company offering extensive industrial engineering services to businesses in a range of industries.

Our team have been busy over the holiday period conducting remedial works at one of our client sites.

The works are required to get the piece of infrastructure ready for use on the West Gate Tunnel Project in Melbourne Australia.

Workplace Alliance is a Geelong-based company offering extensive industrial engineering services to businesses in a range of industries.

Many parts of South Eastern Australia are experiencing unprecedented bushfires. Join Workplace Alliance and our Team in supporting those affected by donating. Go to Vic Bushfire Disaster Appeal or the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal.

Many parts of South Eastern Australia are experiencing unprecedented bushfires.

As a community based company, Workplace Alliance is devastated at the destruction caused by these bushfires.

Join Workplace Alliance and our Team in supporting those affected by donating.

Go to Vic Bushfire Disaster Appeal or the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal.

Stephanie Fear loves her Hawks and AFL, “one eyed I am, I miss playing”, says Workplace Alliance’s Trade Assistant. Stephanie is a number of talented women who are making a lasting contribution to what has traditionally been a male dominated workforce.

Stephanie and Managing Director Wayne Allan, go way back. Wayne was Stephanie’s supervisor during her 7 years as a Stores Assistant at Boral Cement. “When I finished at Boral, I phoned Wayne and he welcomed me to Workplace Alliance where I now work as a Trade Assistant.” Stephanie explains.

Stephanie has enjoyed a varied work history over her career including time as a cook, working at Brintons Carpets and has also been a picture framer. “A woman working as a Trade Assistant is rare in this industry, but I love it” Stephanie explains, “It’s different type of work everyday, I help with the Stores work, wrapping, receiving, doing the ‘milk runs’ to replenish the cupboards so that our client (Stephanie works at the Carbon Revolution site) production rates and standards remain world class.”

According to Stephanie Workplace Alliance is a great place to work with everyone from Wayne to the people she works with in the stores being very approachable, respectful and helpful. “I’ve noticed a huge difference between the culture at Workplace Alliance to previous employers. I can speak to Wayne about anything and he will show me interest, care and respect. I feel valued” Stephanie said.

Stephanie’s message to other women and girls wanting a career in STEM? “Have a go, I’ve learnt so much and gained so much confidence. I can drive a forklift, I now have heaps of industrial licences, I love the work.”

As for life outside of work, Stephanie is mother to four children, Grandmother to one, with another on the way. She also enjoys life with partner Craig, and her two dogs and a cat. Stephanie grew up in Geelong and has played WVFL for the Corio She Devils. She now enjoys watching her beloved Hawks.

Wayne Allan says having Stephanie and other women on the team adds great variety and balance to our workplace. “We encourage and welcome any women who want to work in this field, and we are working hard with a number of STEM based organisations to encourage more girls to enter our industry direct from school.” Wayne says.

For more information on a STEM career click here or contact Wayne at Workplace Alliance.

March 13, 2019

“Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is often misunderstood by employers” according to Workplace Alliance’s newest team member Daniel Atkins.

Daniel has joined the Workplace Alliance team as fully operational Maintenance Fitter, operating out of Godfrey Hirst in Geelong.

Having completed his apprenticeship in 2012, and after being made redundant after his previous employer shut down operations locally, Daniel has not only successfully managed his MS, but also the unsubstantiated concerns and assumptions of future employers. “I’ve had a number of employers knock me back after letting them know I have MS. I even had one employer tell me that I was too much of an OH&S risk even though I have a spotless employment record and 3 days off work since being diagnosed in 2010. Other employers just didn’t ring me back” Daniel explains.

A chance meeting connected Daniel with Workplace Alliance Managing Director Wayne Allan, who also acted as Daniel’s supervisor during his apprenticeship. Wayne says “Daniel is a welcomed new team member who offers great skill, enthusiasm and experience to our company.”

Daniel has worked with Wayne, his supervisor and the team to ensure they are aware and understand his disease. “I take responsibility for my disease and the quality and safety of my work” Daniel explains. “Wayne and my supervisor Craig have been great in giving me this opportunity. The only thing they have requested of me is to keep them informed of how I am and anything else that may impact on my role. It has lifted my spirits to be doing the work I love, and can still do at a high level.”

Daniel’s message to employers considering employing someone with a disease or disability such as MS is simple. “Talk to the person first to understand the disease or disability and whether the they feel they are capable of doing the work at the level you require.”

Wayne’s advice is also simple “Give people like Daniel a go. Workplace Alliance has an opportunity and a moral compass that points to giving people like Daniel a chance. Workplace Alliance, Daniel and our team will benefit from this experience and others like it. We all have limitations, it is up to all of us to understand and work with each other to manage and minimise every limitation. Doing this enables us to get the best out of each moment and each other.”

For more information on MS visit the MS Australia website.

Photo – Daniel (left) with Supervisor Craig Kerr-Nelson