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AWARDS: Robor Claims Third “Deloitte Best Company to Work For” Title


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For the third year running, steel tube and pipe manufacturer, Robor has been named a winner in the Deloitte Best Company to Work for Survey in the Manufacturing Industry category.

Manufacturing companies in South Africa have had a particular difficult year and the Metal Industries strike had a particilarly large impact on productivity and staff morale. Despite these challenges, Robor decided to participate in the survey for the fith year.

“To be a competitive, sustainable global company, we recognise that our employees need to be highly productive, talented and are expected to often deliver more than what we are able to compensate them for” said Gordon Gilmer, CEO of the Robor Group. “As such every employee owns a share of Robor through our Employee Share Trust as well as participation in the ‘Gainshare Scheme” continued Gilmer.

Understanding How to Be The “Best Company To Work For”

The people challenges are not unique to Robor but are felt throughout South Africa. Multi-skilled employees who assist companies to reduce their manpower dependance – especially during industrial action – are the way forward. “With these challenges in mind, Robor’s employees are urged to constantly infuse new ideas and provide ‘out-of-the-box’ solutions to meet our customers requirements” says Sundrie Naidoo, Group HR Executive at Robor.

Leadership development, education and mentoring are at the core of Robor’s holistic approach to transformation. Part of this approach is the ‘Young Grauduates Forum’ currently in its fourth year. This forum encourages young graduates many from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to grow into senior management. This forum facilitated by Robor’s CEO Gordon Gilmer, exposes employees to the group’s strategic plans and insights.

What It Means to be the “Best Company To Work For”

“Recognition is a vital aspect of the Robor culture and employees are constantly encouraged with monthly innovation awards. Communication is maintained through team forums, newsletters, quartly feedback sessions, Robor DVD’s, bi-annual roadshows and CEO breakfasts where employees are recognised for their efforts and their views of the company are canvassed” concluded Naidoo.

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