Clearview National April 2019 - Issue 209 - Page 8

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS New attendance scheme pays off An employee attendance scheme run by The Glazerite UK Group Ltd is paying dividends for both staff and the business. » » LAUNCHED IN 2016, THE SCHEME is open to every Glazerite employee, including new starters, as part of the group’s wider package of employee benefits. Aimed at improving attendance by giving staff the opportunity to earn rewards, the scheme has been well received by workers across the fabricator’s four sites. It has already made its mark on attendance figures, with an overall improvement of 52 per cent for the period 2016-2018. Sue Wellings, Group HR Manager, explains: “We’ve structured it so it’s a realistic and achievable scheme for everyone. It works by awarding a bonus to those with full attendance over a four-month period. Employees who manage a full year’s attendance are given a Silver certificate and, as an extra incentive, an additional day’s holiday for the following holiday year. For two years’ full attendance, a Gold award is given and for three years’ full attendance, employees are recognised with a Platinum award certificate and a further gift from the company, in the form of a Red Letter Day experience. “Managing staff attendance and absenteeism is a key objective for every HR department as it has such an impact on staff morale and company success. For Glazerite, having an engaged team also impacts our wide installer base, as it means we can continue to fabricate quality products, make on time deliveries, and ensure consistent and excellent customer service.” In 2018, 85 employees - around one third of the total Glazerite workforce - achieved full attendance for the year. Of those, 33 had had full attendance for three years in a row; over half of whom were employees working in roles across the shop floor and the vehicle fleet. Rich Day, Transport Manager at Glazerite’s Wellingborough site, was recently awarded a Platinum certificate in recognition of three years’ full attendance. He says: “It’s a great feeling to be rewarded with a bonus every few months and it was a real surprise to receive the Red Letter Day voucher. I’ve not had a day off sick in my 10 years here, but this scheme is a great motivator for me and my colleagues.” Bohle supports industry up- skilling with tailored courses Bohle is running a series of training seminars, to support glass processors in improving the skill-base of their teams. » » COVERING A WIDE RANGE OF topics from safe glass handling; balustrading; Juliet balcony and sliding door installation; environmental control technologies; processing machinery maintenance and optimisation; plus optimisation of industrial glass cutting processes; the courses give attendees key skills to take back to their own companies. Free to attend, they can also be catered to the specific requirements of those individuals attending or their organisations. Amanda Carr, Training Lead, Bohle, said: “We offer a very flexible training programme which can be designed and developed around the individual attending or their organisation’s specific needs and commercial priorities. “It covers everything from safe manual handling of glass through to how to select the 8 » A P R 2019 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M right cutting wheels and fluids to maximise outputs in IGU manufacture an reduce breakages. “All courses are routed in practice so those attending leave with new skills which they can apply in their place of work to deliver more value, improving productivity and product quality.” Bohle is a key advocate of industry training, giving its support to the Building Our Skills campaign, also signing up as sponsor of the Best New Glass Processing Operative category in the associated Recognising New Talents Awards. It has also raised awareness of the skills challenge facing the industry, through a series of roundtable events. The most recent of these revealed that the industry saw recruitment and retention of shop floor staff combined with a failure to attract younger workers into the industry, as a threat to the long-term sustainability of the glass and glazing sector. Dave Broxton, Managing Director, Bohle, said: “The challenge that we’re facing in the recruitment and retention of the right people to carry our sector forward, requires a response from right across the industry. “We hold a huge amount of knowledge in-house, which we’re committed to sharing with our customers so to help them in developing the skills of their own people, and ultimately drive efficiencies throughout their businesses.” For more visit the Bohle website email or call free on 0800 616151 to find out more about how we can support your team’s training.