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Stagecoach has collected two top awards for introducing the first employee experience app in UK transport. The company introduced the Blink mobile and desktop app in 2018, which is now available to all of Stagecoach’s bus and rail employees. Almost 20,000 staff now use the mobile app to find out company news, communicate with colleagues, provide feedback and access training and policies.

Partnering with Blink has saved Stagecoach printing and paper costs since the rollout through digitising paper reports.

As a result, Stagecoach has been awarded Gold Prize in the Social, Collaboration and Communication category at the 2019 Intranet and Digital Workplace Awards, and was praised for “successfully driving efficiency and engagement for bus drivers and engineers”.

Stagecoach wins Step Two Award for Blink

The company’s collaboration with Blink was also awarded the Digital Workplace of the Year accolade this week at the 2019 Digital Workplace Awards which recognises organisations who have excelled at creating well-executed, high-performing digital workplace environments. Stagecoach picked up the Award for Enabling the Frontline, in recognition that the introduction of the Blink platform is part of its commitment to further improving employee engagement within the company as a whole and within local regional businesses.

Stagecoach Director of Technology and Change, Lesley Ashman said: "We’ve worked hard with the Blink team to deliver the platform to thousands of our employees in a relatively short space of time so we’re really pleased to receive these awards. Blink has helped increase the level of employee engagement across the business, and is a valuable internal communications tool that we look forward to using even more comprehensively in the future. We are very proud of our employees across all age groups who made it possible for us to win these awards by embracing new technology and becoming internal communicators via Blink."

Sean Nolan, CEO of Blink said, “Operators have focused their digital transformation efforts on green journeys and customer experiences but Stagecoach realized that employee experience was the missing piece of the puzzle. It is great to see the Stagecoach team recognized for investing in their workforce by introducing an employee experience app for the first time in UK transport. Drivers play a vital role in connecting local communities and we are delighted to help Stagecoach drivers feel happier at work and more engaged with the company culture."

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