Our local branches, located throughout France, carry Axione’s values and commitments. This is why our employees have opportunities to get involved in various causes that are close to their hearts in line with our commitments.
On Friday 20 May, our Toussieux branch in Lyon offered its employees the chance to donate blood.
The employees were offered this action a few weeks beforehand with the possibility of registering in order to go as a group to the establishment that received the donors.
Ten brave employees found time to go and agreed to volunteer for this good deed.👏
Health and safety is one of our top priorities. That is why we have developed a nationwide initiative in our various local branches to offer all our employees sessions with an osteopath.
They can make an appointment with our network of osteopathic partners to be monitored, helped and treated during their working hours at preferential rates.
At Axione, safety is a daily concern for everyone. To mark the International Labour Organization’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work (28 April), this year’s theme is “Working together to create a positive safety and health culture”. Five Safety Captains are speaking on behalf of our 120 Safety Captains and their vital role.
The “Safety Captain” initiative was launched in 2021 to strengthen the safety culture in the field and to limit the number of accidents through risk prevention. Volunteering for a year, the Safety Captain acts as a link between the General Management and the field team by being the spokesperson for good practices in terms of safety, by being watchful for potential risks and by raising the alarm if necessary.
Franck, Raphaël, Florian, Ricardo and Madjid give us their take on the role.
My idea of a Safety Captain is to be a watchman on site. I am here to provide a link, to convey and help understand messages and information on the subject of safety. I also help to point out/warn of risky situations and correct them. Lastly, with the help of other staff, I look for new everyday tools that combine safety, manageability and efficiency. What has changed for me since I became a Safety Captain is that I am now informed about news, accidents and/or tools that have been introduced in other agencies for example. This allows me to better understand and pass on the safety culture to others.
Franck COIGNOUX Site supervisor – UP RFFO, IDF region
This approach has won me over because I have always been aware of safety issues through the nature of my work. I always felt it was important to brief the teams well and to give frequent reminders to avoid accidents. By becoming Safety Captain, I’ve simply become a bit more involved. For example, I do a quarter of an hour of safety every week, whereas before it was more like every month.
Florian USCLADE Assistant site manager – UP Portes les Valence, Centre-Alpes region
My most important role is to ensure the staff’s safety, aiming for zero accidents. Becoming a Safety Captain was simply a way of making a role I already had official! I have always tried to safeguard the team’s wellbeing as much as possible by sharing good practices during safety briefings, for example. I take my role seriously.
Ricardo METELLA Team leader – UP Vierzon, West region
For me, being a Safety Captain mainly means being a driving force for safety within the company and our teams by: • systematically setting an example; • using safe practices; • providing feedback in case of dangerous situations; • proposing ideas to improve our practices; • not hesitating to shut down a site if the circumstances require it.
As Safety Captain, it is also important to support newcomers to our teams to pass on our safety culture. The safety aspect has always been of prime importance in our agency and the introduction of the Safety Captains has allowed me to discuss situations more widely with other teams. Sharing experiences is helpful because it brings a different perspective and often leads to new solutions to problems that we all face on the ground.
Raphaël AUDRAS Site supervisor – UP FTTH de Blyes, Centre-Alpes region
My main task is to ensure staff safety. To do this, I keep a watchful eye out for any problems, such as inadequate roadside markings. The aim is to have good reflexes and for them to be shared by everyone because each person’s actions can have an impact on the safety of all. Since I became Safety Captain, I have been talking more about the subject with the teams, raising their awareness of practical cases that are shared by the other Safety Captains. I feel I have a duty and even more responsible for the safety of the teams and subcontractors around me. This is also reflected in the teams, who have become more engaged and have better reflexes. I also feel more entitled to give reminders, such as the correct use of all PPE for example. I enjoy working proactively to improve safety and sharing experiences with other Safety Captains. We mutually benefit from practical discussions on shared problems and solutions in the field.
Madjid BERRAH Team Leader – UP Neufchâtel-en-Bray, North East Region
She facilitates the digital agenda!
Our female staff members are fully committed to promoting female entrepreneurship and innovation. We take a look at the work of Maud, Head of Asset Management at Axione. On a daily basis, this young woman ensures that long-term contracts with public authorities and private partners are properly executed. Alongside her work, Maud has also had the opportunity to take part in the “Innovatech” competition in Nantes with the @Elles bougent association to help high school and university girls develop a project.
On the occasion of World Health Day, a little reminder to our employees on the importance of having the right gestures at work and how to be more informed on this subject.
Watch a video on the good practices to adopt in order to avoid injuries and physical pain such as back pain ⤵️
Axione is committed to gender equality and aims to support the integration, career development and performance of women, regardless of their entity or business line.
It is our collective responsibility to keep promoting our professions to women, especially in schools, to help female employees to develop in the company and thereby enable them to pursue ambitious career paths.
To reflect the company’s strong commitment, we are launching a one-week communication campaign aimed at deconstructing preconceived ideas and giving a voice to women, as well as to men, about their careers within the company.
Read the testimonials of some of our employees about their careers :
Since 2019, companies have been invited to measure their performance in terms of professional equality and to publish the result of their “gender equality index” on their website.
This index is made up of five indicators dealing with:
– Gender pay gaps – Increased proportions of women and men – Proportion of women and men promoted – Increased percentage of women returning from maternity leave – The number of women and men among the top 10 highest paid in the company
For this financial year, which covers 2021, our company has achieved a score of 89/100.
Although this score is higher than the minimum of 75 points set by the government, we are determined to improve it by focusing on the theme of gender diversity in certain sectors and improving women’s access to the highest levels of responsibility, and therefore pay, in our companies.
The Axione score (“Men – Women” index 2021)
Two Axione employees are supporting innovation and female entrepreneurship on 31 March by taking part in the “Innovatech” contest organised by the association “Elles bougent”, a partner of Bouygues Construction and its subsidiaries.
Maud Renaux, Deputy Head of the Asset Management Department and Sandrine Gie, Head of Operations in the Centre-Alpes Region are attending this challenge in Nantes and Dijon as sponsors of the association in favour of entrepreneurship and technological innovation for female high school and university students.
Each team is made up of two high school girls, two students and two mentors working on the “industry of the future” theme.
Several topics related to Axione’s operations will be discussed, including sustainable cities, medicine of the future, cybersecurity and schools of the future. The work is carried out in a 5-hour “hackathon” format. The team will then give a 10-minute presentation of their project in front of the jury in the style of a start-up company. Only one team will be chosen as a Regional Winner to participate in the National Final on 19 May.
This challenge will not only help to envision projects for industry in the future, but will also foster entrepreneurship among young women, who are still very scarce in the engineering sector.
Other Axione sponsors will soon take part in other sessions held in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Île-de-France and South-East regions.
DID YOU KNOW?
Only 1 in 4 engineers were women in 2021 (source: Femmes Ingénieures). However, their talent is widely acclaimed by companies, as the association’s 237 partners have shown.
Did you know? In 2021 we were pleased to welcome 145 interns to Axione, 50 more than last year!
Creating a bond between new arrivals is essential, which is why we have developed an integration course tailored to trainees, both fun and educational, to introduce them to the company and familiarise them with our business lines.
Together, let’s foster talent and develop careers. 🔝
We asked our employees to take up 1 challenge for May 1st: share 1 photo of their daily life at work and define in 1 word the Axione spirit. Challenge accepted!
In the field, in the office or working from home, in France and beyond, our employees contribute to connecting territories.
🎥 Discover the result in video 👇
In their jobs, they are driving the digital sphere in their day to day tasks. That’s why we decided to go and meet two women who joined the Axione adventure around ten years ago, Vanessa and Magali. Both of them have had the opportunity to make an internal move for career development within the company. Today, one of them is the Manager of the Production Unit in Toussieu, near Lyon. The other one is FTTH Works Coordinator for the Drôme and Ardèche departments.
Find out about their career paths, what inspires them, and their day to lives as women working in the digital world.
#1: Your adventure here at Axione: pitch us your career path
I joined Axione in June 2008 in the Public Sector delegation and Axione subsidiary, Axione Limousin, firstly as a communication officer, with a 6 month mission.
Then I had the opportunity to join the ADTIM public initiative network in the departments of the Drôme and the Ardèche as an agency assistant. At the time, there were just 170 of us working at Axione. A small company….compared to now!
I had 3 children, twin boys and a girl; I devoted my time to them, and at the same time worked as an agency assistant with responsibility for communication.
After spending 12 years in the same job, I was looking for a change, the chance to find a new career for myself. I enjoy opening myself up to new experiences, so in January 2020 I became a works coordinator. I joined the deployment team within the Axione Production Unit based in Bourg-lès-Valence to work on the planned deployment of fibre optic of ADTIM FTTH. I wanted to be working as closely as possible to our core activity to understand how a network is rolled out. Finding a new job has given my career a whole new direction.
Magali, FTTH Works Coordinator for the Drôme and Ardèche departments
“Finding a new job has given my career a whole new direction.” Magali
For me, I joined the HR department at Axione in 2013. At the time, there were 500 of us working here. In just a few years, I’ve been aware of a dynamic trend and major growth in the number of company employees.
As an HR Manager, it was my job to work with this growth and to transmit the Axione corporate culture. So, if I had to define it in just a few words, I’d say that we have a taste for challenge, the drive to push ourselves further and a spirit of teamwork and positivity in our DNA.
In the 8 years I’ve spent in the company, I’ve been able to see how our open-mindedness has been one of our major assets. We make inclusion a priority. For us, it is a point of honour to recruit people who come from different backgrounds, staff who don’t always come from the Telecoms sector, to give them an opportunity to show what they can do. At Axione, drive and motivation are rewarded.
All this dynamism has meant that I have been able to take advantage of functional and geographical mobility to become the Production Unit Manager in Toussieu near Lyon.
Vanessa, Manager of the Production Unit in Toussieu, near Lyon.
“At Axione, drive and motivation are rewarded.“
#2: What do your daily tasks include?
My job right now demands that I split my time between working in the office and the field. As a Works Coordinator, I have to travel from site to site to inform the design office in Lille that we work with about the status of the network. I am also in charge of coordinating the teams in the field.
Our role is to ensure that sub-contractors are well managed so that the different works to be performed are properly rolled out. These include civil engineering, post installation, pulling underground and overhead cables, as well as compliance with safety regulations.Axione’s strength is the team spirit.
There is real solidarity between the different departments, even remotely! What’s more, all these encounters also create the opportunity to progress within the company.
My main task today is to steer all of the Toussieu Production Unit’s services to ensure the roll-out, development and maintenance of radio infrastructure, so making sure that we keep our customers satisfied. To do this, I stay in constant contact with the teams managing activities on the ground and logistics, as well as with the customers (operators and the tower company, for example).
This requires me to be an active listener and to be able to take a step back in order to identify the best strategy to use to achieve our aims. Today, we realise that our jobs are more meaningful than ever. We only need to look at the essential character of digital networks. It’s very satisfying to work on a number of different projects and respond to a variety of needs.
For example, we also know how to roll out radio infrastructure effectively in rural areas or in dead areas with zero connectivity, even in high density areas which are already connected. We work in large geographical areas. In fact, the PU employees roll out radio networks in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region and the Bourgogne Franche-Comté Region, so we have a major economic and social impact in the area.
#3: What is your view of women’s place at the heart of the digital world?
“As I said earlier, the opportunity we have to meet different kinds of people and work together in teams enables us to grow and enjoy career progression at Axione.
When I joined the company 13 years ago, I would have never believed that one day I would get the opportunity to become a Works Coordinator. In just a few years I’ve seen a great many changes within the company, as well as the feminisation of jobs, both within support services (commerce, finances) and in the field.
As a woman today, in order to succeed in our business sector you need to be brave and not hold yourself back. It is fairly easy to find motivation in our jobs. We share a real collective pride in taking connectivity into towns and villages. These days, we all need to be connected.”
“In our business sector, we owe it to ourselves to be agile so that we can constantly be innovative in the way we organise ourselves at work. To achieve our shared ambition today, we need to have the ability to reassess, to constantly create challenges for ourselves in order to become more efficient and perform even better.
The diversity we find within Axione makes the company culture even richer by providing a new vision of teamwork.
What’s more, several managers have observed that diversity brings with it complementarity a different view of how to manage projects.
As professional women, we need to give ourselves permission to go for the top jobs with big responsibilities, and above all, not to get hung up on pre-conceived ideas about the telecoms sector: you just have to go for it!”
Focus on “Inspiring Woman”
Several years ago, I was lucky enough participate in a seminar led by Virginie Guyot, a woman who impresses me greatly with her unusual career path and the strong messages she sends. She was the first woman to join the Patrouille de France (French Red Arrows) before becoming their leader. Her speech at the conference inspired me. She drew parallels between her job, risk management and stress, the ability to step back in a crisis and the way she managed her teams. Her views on management were relevant and the advice she shared was a good response to our issues and challenges at Axione.
Overall, all the women are inspiring with their backgrounds and career paths. However, two colleagues in particular have left their mark on me. Caroline, for her perseverance. Elisa for her investment and her involvement, she was the first female employee in the company! Both of them have been able to make a place for themselves thanks to their skills and their strong personalities. I think they’ll know who they are 😊
#4: What is the day to day life of a woman 2.0 like?
In my opinion, being a connected woman today is about the ability to balance your family and professional lives. At Axione, as women we are lucky enough to receive caring support from our managers and colleagues when we are pregnant, for instance.
That’s important, because it marks a turning point in our lives with lots of changes, and we need to learn to organise ourselves in a different way. I’ve also noticed that our mental workload is important, you need to think of EVERYTHING: never have your private mobile very far away from you in case the school calls you, sometimes follow your TEAMS meetings, alter work arrangements around remote working or working in the field etc.
I also enjoy devoting time to my family, so when I have time off, I completely disconnect from all my screens! It is important to find a balance between these two lives…
I think that more or less everyone is connected to some extent today. I am never without my mobile. I think it makes our day to day lives much easier. For example, even when I have a busy day and I need to have a meeting, I go straight to my mobile apps. In just a minute, I know that the meeting is confirmed, and I can do so at any time. It’s really practical and a time-saver.
I am also always connected to the news. With digital technology, we can all access everything really fast. I’d like to share a concrete example to illustrate this idea of immediacy that is part of life today: I’m always doing Google searches on my phone of absolutely everything I see or hear about directly or very spontaneously. I just can’t help myself!