Carbon fibre experts Sigmatex have run an employee engagement week as part of their on-going culture change to involving and empowering people in their business.
Having established engagement as a corporate objective and carried out annual surveys, Sigmatex decided to have a special focus week of participative activities organised by SigmaTeam, their works council.
Around the theme “Let’s get engaged”, posters were used asking: What’s on Your Mind. These invited staff to feedback at round tables, two of which were run each day with morning coffee or afternoon tea. Senior managers listened and then actions were put in place to solve the most pressing issues.
One such issue was “Scissorgate” where operators raised that they did not always having the right tools. A selection of tools was brought in and each person given the required tools for the job.
There was also an NVQ showcase where those currently studying for Business Improvement Techniques qualifications, explained their projects to senior management and those who may potentially join the next cohort.
Sharing in Growth’s engineering and quality coach Mark Lawrence also supported by running teambuilding workshops and some new visual management boards. Said Mark: “The roll out of the SQCDP visual management boards to the workforce was well received with a lot of positive feedback. These boards are an essential tool to ensure that the workforce have a voice that can be heard through to senior management via the escalation process and also give an overview as to how Sigmatex is progressing in its business transformation activity which is driven by accurate data and visualised on the SQCDP boards.”
The week culminated in a “Gladiator Challenge” which saw teams moving an egg, which represented an order, through the factory using a range of innovative and fun methods.
Said HR and HS Manager Helen Symonds: “The key to stimulating engagement is to keep the momentum and energy going. To inspire change you need to do something different and our engagement week was certainly both different and effective.”
The next step in keeping the momentum going at Sigmatex is a customer first campaign to harness enthusiasm for going the extra mile and the launch of a new employee engagement charter.