Milk bottle manufacturers join engagement initiative
Milk bottle manufacturer Nampak Plastics has been invited onto a new Government-backed taskforce aiming to tackle the employee engagement deficit.
The Government group calls for every leader and manager across the economy to play their part in tackling the engagement issue, which is estimated to result in the UK missing out on some £26bn in productivity a year.
The group project is part of a wider initiative committed to the belief that employee engagement is the key to a successful business. The group was first launched by the Prime Minister in March 2011.
Nampak is the creator of the lightweight plastic milk bottle, which is being adopted by supermarkets as a strong and environmentally friendly form of milk packaging. In the past four years, the business has transformed levels of employee engagement through a number of initiatives that encourage employees to contribute to the development of the organisation.
Among these new initiatives were an 'Employee of the Month' scheme, yearly Excellence Awards where winners are nominated by their colleagues, and a 'Participate Programme' - a scheme designed to develop a new approach to leadership and management and create a sense of collaboration.
The initiatives have paid off in a very tangible sense. A survey among staff carried out in 2010 found that 80 per cent of the company would recommend Nampak as a great place to work to their family and friends. Furthermore, fostering a culture of innovation directly contributed to the invention of Nampak's Infini bottle, which reduced the materials used by 15 per cent while maintaining full strength.
Eric Collins, managing director of Nampak Plastics, said: "We are extremely pleased to be part of such a high-profile taskforce that highlights the importance of employee engagement to a company's bottom line.
"At Nampak, we have gone on a real employee engagement journey over the last four years which has taken our company from strength to strength, and for this to be recognised at such a high level is testament to our excellent workforce."