Jo Sanft (left) and Clarita French (right) discussing assembly process on repacking line.

Managers gain hands-on experience

Managers at ASSA ABLOY New Zealand have each spent a day working across different functional teams to gain a deeper insight into day-to-day operations. The incentive was carried out to increase the effectiveness of communication across the business.

The idea was that the managers should spend a few hours working within teams they would usually have least interaction with to provide them with a clearer understanding of how different teams work together and the challenges they face.

Each manager spent time in one of 10 areas, rotating around the team, performing a variety of tasks and interacting with each team member on a one-to-one basis.

Ruvelyn Winter, sliders team coordinator, who worked alongside ASSA ABLOY New Zealand General Manager Simon Ellis, says: “It was great to see Simon getting stuck in and participating across all aspects of the sliders area. He took the time to really understand our area and genuinely cared about what we do.”

Gareth Cooke, die-casting team leader, says: “It was a good opportunity to show management some of the challenges we face. It was a hugely positive experience and we’d like to see it repeated.”

The incentive has raised morale among the employees. Jim McColl, operations manager, says: “The feedback has been extremely positive. The day has helped build closer teamwork and we’re looking forward to the next one in 2015.”