“Good leaders and dedicated employees work more efficiently, deliver to a higher standard and are happier in their jobs,” says Gro Hatleskog, EVP Business Support at Beerenberg.
Investing in its employees is at the very heart of what Beerenberg does.
“We are a crew-intensive business, which means professional development is essential for our employees,” says Gro Hatleskog.
Well-being and results
Beerenberg’s investment in skills is broadly divided into management training, specialist skills and training in the company’s digital tools. For much of its 40-year-long history the company has invested in professional development, including in the form of trade certificates and specialist training. Just over a decade ago Beerenberg also created a management development programme based on its values and vision which has had a significant impact on the corporate culture.
“Having motivational leaders boosts well-being and is an important performance driver,” says Hatleskog. The EVP adds that Beerenberg will bolster its investment in digital training.
Training initiatives need to be carefully targeted. Hatleskog does not believe in generalised management training.
“Our training programmes are closely linked to our corporate strategy. Nor is there any point in providing training where the content of the training is far removed from the everyday challenges we face. For instance, a management training course would be of little value if its not followed up at all management levels. In the same way, an Office 356 course have to be tailored to cover the tools the course participants need in their day-to-day work.”
“The focus must be on the company’s needs. Our people should never undergo training just for the fun of it. But there is a clear correlation between targeted training and well-being in the workplace. It is all about excelling at your job.”
Surface treatment to the fore
One key initiative at Beerenberg this autumn has been specialist training in surface treatment. This is because the company needs to expand its team of surface specialists in the long term. Thirty people have so far completed the programme, which includes both practical training and theoretical discussions.
“For me it has been a good opportunity to better understand the discipline and to acquire specialist skills that many people no longer possess,” says Jakub Willhelmsen, who is in his second year as a Beerenberg operator.
The course co-ordinator, Jan-Martin Dypfest, is happy to see the surface programme become a priority area for the company.
“With these types of courses we are looking to create a shared platform and understanding of how important these particular skills are to the company. I feel that the programme has helped us identify a number of relevant learning points and realise the importance of quality and accuracy in the execution,” says Jan-Martin Dypfest.