Aphrodite Psara is a civil engineer who graduated from City University, UK in 1983. She has gained vast experience in the field of construction, working as a structural engineer for 7 years and in 1990, by joining the family construction business as the second-generation owner alongside with her two brothers. She has taken over the family business in 2000 and under her own management the company not only successfully managed to overcome the Cypriot financial crisis of 2013 but has also expanded its operations in the UK, Oman, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Following her father’s values and by continually adapting and evolving to every challenge, she managed to gain the respect of the market as a leading contractor. Her vision is to create a new construction business model by using innovative technologies and techniques to optimize quality and time delivery for clients and at the same time to create a safe and pleasant working environment for all employees.

Session 2: Leadership
Title: Making Construction a “Great Place to Work”


Construction is considered as one of the toughest fields to work in. Making the work environment appealing and making it a great place to work is a real challenge. Focusing on people and especially their emotions and their wellbeing can have incredible results.

As a certified Great Place To Work® company I will suggest ways of how this can be achieved and describe some practices from our company’s experiences and strategies.


  • What makes people feel and rate a workplace as a great place to work?
  • What is a Great Place To Work® survey?
  • How can the survey benefit the company?

Making a real difference in people’s lives

  • Impact of a friendly and homely office space on the employees’ mood.
  • Respect as the foundation of a positive work environment.
  • Promoting the concept of teamwork.
  • Training and transfer of knowledge.
  • Community/Family atmosphere.

 How to “design” the appropriate culture than having one “by default”?

  • Is Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policy part of the answer?
  • The role of leadership.
  • A simple example of how culture can be promoted.
  • Reshaping the Contractor’s image as an employer.

 Our people, especially in a difficult industry like construction, deserve an extraordinary experience.  One that allows them to be safe, healthy, happy, productive, motivated and to be their best selves at work.