Greif FPS (Employee Engagement)

Client:

Greif FPS

Industry:

Manifacturing

Type of Service:

Strategy Development and Labour Relations

Solution:

Employee Engagement and Labour Model Change

 

A global leader in the textile industry launched an employee engagement project and a major labor model transformation to create an engaged and productive workforce.

The Challenge  

In the aftermath of a major production disruption GREIF FPS management decided to take steps to increase the employee engagement level for a sustainable future in Turkey. StratejiCo. was assigned to design and execute a program that will persuade all relevant parties (blue collar employees, white collar employees, managers, supervisors and the labor union) to believe in and work towards a common future.

The Solution  

StratejiCo. started a research project to understand the root causes of the low employee engagement level. StratejiCo. team held one-to-one interviews and focus group meetings as well as conducting its proprietary engagement survey. The finding demonstrated that the labor model based on the sub-contractor system was unsustainable. The existing model was not appropriate to compete with labor costs in East Asian countries. Thus, operations in Turkey should aim for value-added production. The results were shared with the client’s management team to determine the new labor model strategy and steps to increase the employee engagement level.  

According to the new strategy, StratejiCo. helped GREIF management ensure participation and contribution of its employees and the labor union in the transformation process. The strategy was implemented through a participatory approach, including a series of vision alignment workshops, one-to-one meetings, and carefully handled negotiations. At each step of the process, StratejiCo. coordinated the alignment between the demands of employees regarding working conditions and GREIF’s business objectives.

Result

Thanks to the increased employee engagement level and the coordination with the labor union, GREIF has not been negatively affected by the labor movements that sparked production disruptions in other sectors in Turkey during the same period. The transformed labor model helped the company to take steps to provide its customers with high quality products at lower costs by increasing productivity through an engaged workforce.