We want to introduce you to some of the people that are keeping Broadgate going. They are working tirelessly in many roles to ensure that everything is as safe as possible during this time. These are our heroes and over the next few weeks, we will be sharing their stories.
DIEGO TORO PAREJA
Operations supervisor - Bywaters
What do you do?
I am a Waste and Recycling Team Supervisor.
How has your job role has changed since?
My shifts have changed to Mondays and Thursday for a shorter period of time as there is less waste to collect, I have also managed a smaller team throughout, this is due to staff being furloughed.
The security and safety methods at work have changed, for example using additional PPE and communicating with my team from a distance.
Has the pandemic affected your personal life?
I have not been sleeping well due to overthinking and worrying about family and friends. As both myself and my wife were deemed key workers during the pandemic, we had to make the decision who would stay home to look after our son’s which has caused some anxiety.
I do look at the positive things, like being able to spend more time with family at home and more time for exercise like bike rides.
Why you feel your role is important/why are you still coming to work/remaining open?
It is important because even during the pandemic waste will be generated and I feel it is vital to clear and recycle as much as possible.
The other supervisor in our team was deemed hi-risk and I did not want him to come in whilst the pandemic was on.
Anything else you want to add?
I want to thank Broadgate for how they handled the impossible situation, like allowing us to rotate staff, to not be working too close together and for giving us the freedom to do our jobs and be safe.