Sustainable employment in the metal and electronic industry (Metalektro)

2013 – At a regional meeting in November 2013 five Dutch companies in the sector Metalektro presented their project results. These companies were doing a pilot project in the frame of a program ‘Sustainable employment’ that was started by the social partners in the metal and electronic industry in the Netherlands. They started as a pilot in 2012.

The workplace innovation practices
The pilot companies have increased the multi-employability of their employees by:
• the introduction of performance appraisals in all pilot companies; at Neways this is supported by a training of managers in interviewing techniques and Alfa Laval uses a competency matrix for this purpose,
• More training of staff for other duties and jobs as well as broader training to increase their employability (eg. Neways),
• introduction of job rotation (Alfa Laval, Photonis),
• ergonomic measures (Burgerhout),
• improving communication with staff through a newsletter, and the introduction of work meetings in the form of 5 – min. discussions between planners and team leaders, and between planners and engineering (BSB Steel Construction).

The pilot companies were supported by consultants of Berenschot consultancy and the Training Fund in the sector (A + O Metalektro).
In 2012 they started with an analysis of the current and desired situation. After that they have identified the bottlenecks in their company in the field of sustainable employability and set priorities. Then they have formulated possible solution(s) for the problems and prepared their plan of actions. This action plan contains employability measures and their preconditions. With this plan the measures are implemented.

The pilot companies reported the first results at the regional meeting at the end of 2013:
Results for the company:
• people are better deployable at workstations where they are needed; the control over the operation has improved, there is peace in the production, the company can ensure better the quality and quantity of their deliveries (delivery time),
• knowledge is better shared,
• absenteeism is lower.
Results for the employees:
• Less health complaints, fewer physical complaints,
• More talent development and expansion of competencies,
• More variety in work,
• More comfortable work and better working atmosphere,
• Better contact between employee and supervisor.

More information about the project Sustainable employment in the metal and electronic industry can be found in the note (in Dutch) that is attached. There are movies made with impressions of managers, HR managers and employees of the five pilot companies and of the regional meeting, which can be viewed via the link:

Themes: Sustainable employability, Talent development
Sector: Metalektro ( HTSM )
Source : cases , multimedia