What challenges does the corporate world face today? Well, there are certainly quite a few, and you should be up to the task if you want to meet them successfully. For many industries and businesses, the question is increasingly the role they play in people’s lives, and how they can enrich or improve people’s lives with their products and services. Off the top of my head, terms like convenience, simpler paths, innovation, sustainability, and special added value come to mind. From the customer’s point of view, that’s ideal. And for us in-house?
IT’S THE INNER VALUES THAT MATTER
A company needs to focus on people, and not just the customers. Every single employee in the company. Starting with the apprentices, all the way up to the executive floor. People engage with people, every day. The BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding has set out its values and corporate philosophy in its value framework:
1) First and foremost a family business
2) Think long-term and act sustainably
3) Inventive spirit: Innovations that improve people’s lives
4) Strengthen the employees’ sense of identification with the company
5) Support employees, strengthen their own initiative, assign responsibility
6) Fairness and loyalty
No matter whether they are a young initiator, experienced doer, creative solution finder, or efficient goal achiever. They all work in the widest variety of departments and divisions in the Group with one common mission—creating the kitchen of the future. Our goal is to encourage employees, strengthen their initiative, trust them, and give them responsibility. This is how we hope to maintain a harmonious relationship between people and the company,” says Dr. Johannes Haupt, Chairman of the Management Board of BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding.
Dental and medical examinations and sports activities for employees
FOCUSING ON PEOPLE
What companies mustn’t forget these days is the fact that an organization is only as strong as its employees. Businesses succeed and fail with them. Behind every company are people. Companies want dedicated employees, and employees want a reliable employer who encourages and challenges them so they can feel comfortable and continue to grow.
Whether remote working from home, flexible working time models such as flextime or trust-based working hours, concepts for job-sharing and working time models based on employee life stages—the BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding and its subgroups offer their employees a wide range of working models in order to be able to respond to their very individual life circumstances. After all, advancing the company doesn’t just require bottoms on seats, it’s the individual personalities that make all the difference.
RUNNING FOR A GOOD CAUSE
BEING ACTIVE AND DOING SOMETHING GOOD AT THE SAME TIME—IF THAT DOESN’T MOTIVATE YOU, WHAT WILL? IN SEPTEMBER 2019, EMPLOYEES OF THE POLISH E.G.O. SITE PARTICIPATED IN A CHARITY RUN TO BENEFIT PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES. THE COMPANY RUN WAS ALREADY THE SIXTH OF ITS KIND AND WAS PART OF A NATIONWIDE CHARITY CAMPAIGN. EACH OF THE 2,892 RUNNERS RAN A DISTANCE OF 3.7 KILOMETERS, AND SOME OF THE E.G.O. EMPLOYEES EVEN FINISHED IN RECORD TIMES. IN THE END, THEY MANAGED TO RAISE €50,100 FOR A GOOD CAUSE.
Reaching their goal together—the E.G.O. Polska sp. z o.o., Lodz running group z o.o., Lodz
HEALTH BALANCE MANAGEMENT
The Family Holding companies practice diversity by valuing employees and promoting equal opportunities. The Family Holding companies practice diversity by valuing employees and promoting equal opportunities.
The BLANC FISCHER Family Holding offers its employees a variety of options for regular medical care and preventive checkups. Thanks to partnerships with local medical professionals, there are company physicians at all sites. They take care of issues such as preventive checkups, flu shots, and treatment of acute illnesses.
IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO MERELY OFFER OUR EMPLOYEES FITNESS OR YOGA CLASSES. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT A HEALTHY WORK-LIFE BALANCE, WE’RE SERIOUS.
CFO of BLANC FISCHER Family Holding
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY DURING THE PANDEMIC
In particular during the COVID-19 pandemic, employees can see company physicians with their concerns. Vaccination teams are also on standby once company physicians are allowed to vaccinate people in the workplace. In addition to medical care related to COVID-19, the Family Holding has set up a core team dedicated to keeping its employees safe. This team operates across the subgroups for the German sites, keeps an eye on the figures, and analyzes the latest requirements and developments in order to be able to react quickly to changing situations. A healthy mind resides in a healthy body—and vice versa. Mental health is at least as important as physical fitness. As part of its “Health Balance” program, the Family Holding offers psychological support in professional and personal issues. This is done in close cooperation with the PME Family Service. Employees at the German sites can use the counseling hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in the event of personal crises, such as emotional stress, acute relationship crises, or if they need counseling related to addictions or assistance with relatives in need of care. In the event of professional crises, employees receive practical strategies and advice on how to better handle stress and conflict. These services were expanded even further during the pandemic, with more appointments available for phone calls or video chats.
LET’S HIT THE SLOPES
WRAP UP WARM AND GRAB YOUR SKIS! AT THE BEGINNING OF 2020, OUR SKIING ENTHUSIASTS HEADED BACK TO THE FELLHORN IN OBERSTDORF. NUMEROUS REGISTRATIONS WERE RECEIVED FOR THE ALMOST TRADITIONAL TRIP OF THE GERMAN LOCATIONS. ARRIVING ON THE SLOPE, ALL PARTICIPANTS OF E.G.O., BLANCO, BLANCO PROFESSIONAL, AND BLANC UND FISCHER IT SERVICES GMBH WERE KEEN TO GO AND IN GOOD SPIRITS DESPITE THE CHALLENGING CONDITIONS. AFTER A FEW ENJOYABLE HOURS, ALL OUR WINTER SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS RETURNED TO THE BUS FOR THE RETURN JOURNEY, EXHAUSTED BUT HAPPY, AND READY TO ENJOY A WELL-DESERVED SNACK.
Fun on the slopes
STAYING FIT AND ACTIVE THROUGH THE (WORKING) DAY
We all know that exercise and social contacts are important. But we often fail to stay active because we lack the motivation or it’s inconvenient, so the Family Holding also has a range of attractive offers for employees to help motivate them to exercise. These include various SportAktiv groups at locations in Germany with numerous activities such as running, soccer, triathlon, archery, or even mini golf, all of which are organized by employees for employees. For people who like to take things a little easier but still want to engage in a little self-care, there are options such as yoga, back exercises, and mediation. It’s a clear win-win situation because only satisfied and motivated employees perform well in the long run. So, on the one hand, the BLANC FISCHER Family Holding subgroups employ a balanced workforce and, on the other hand, boost the loyalty of their skilled workers to the company.
An employee survey confirms it. As part of the survey on sustainability, 87% of participants agreed that the BLANC FISCHER Family Holding is committed to actively promoting health.
61% stated that the range of programs to promote health and occupational safety were entirely geared to their needs. 83% of the employees surveyed also feel very closely connected to the BLANC FISCHER Family Holding, with 53% of them having been with the Group for more than a decade.
It’s clear that sustainability is one of the most significant trends, if not megatrends, of our time, and is finally no longer a mere niche topic. But sustainability can’t be imposed ad hoc from above, it needs to be actively practiced by everyone involved. That includes employees who act responsibly, carefully selected suppliers, and managers with exemplary conduct. In all of this, the focus is always on people, for example satisfied employees who enjoy coming to work every day.