Opportunities for influencing
With Pihla's investment in “Lean Groups”, employees are encouraged and stimulated to present improvement proposals and development initiatives at their workplace. Some ideas, such as production, environmental or safety improvements, can be realized immediately. Others need more time and resources.
- It is important to be responsive to new ideas and to listen to the employees who best understand how, for example, production is to be developed. It is hardly surprising to say that satisfied employees contribute to a sustainably better business result, which is why we would be immediately stupid if we did not listen carefully to the ideas of our employees, says Marko.
In Pihla's mentoring program, committed employees can get their own mentor to grow as an employee and over time grow into a leadership role.
The little extra… for the big difference
Low sick leave rates and a “vision zero” for incidents and accidents is a platform on which Pihla's employees develop as employees and as fellow human beings. In Pihla's factories, joint activities and team building are regularly arranged, which are also about life outside of work. Family members and children are invited to the workplace and every year, employees can contribute with community activities, for example in schools and in elderly care.
- Since we are an integrated part of society, we should also give back to the families and social functions that we depend directly or indirectly on. It strengthens our internal pride and we become strong ambassadors for our company, which is not least important for continuing to recruit dedicated employees in the future, concludes Marko Kohvakka, HR Director at Pihla.