Absenteeism

At ROTO's production companies based in the Netherlands, the ambition of an absenteeism rate of less than 4.0% proved to be too ambitious for the time being. The weighted average absenteeism rate for ROTO was 5.6% (2017: 6.1%). It should be pointed out here that the rules on absenteeism vary from country to country. There are also differences between countries in terms of social legislation and therefore, on the duration of the employer's obligation to continue to pay wages.

The absenteeism policy continues to be implemented strictly, with a focus at an early stage on the reintegration and employment options for the employee in the longer term. The current regulations in the Netherlands do not provide enough openings and, unfortunately, they even seem to be counterproductive in many cases in terms of tackling the problem adequately. In other countries where ROTO is active, it has emerged that stricter rules and agreements in this area do have an effect. The target for absenteeism remains 4.0% and the ROTO companies based in the Netherlands are facing a particular challenge.

Safety index

In 2018, there was an explicit focus on safety through targeted actions on the shop floor. Each accident or near-miss was used to further tighten up the procedures, and risk review and evaluation. The target for the safety index in 2018 was 12. At the end of 2018, the ROTO index was 27 (2017: 17). This was attributable to 38 accidents in total, many of which were less serious.

The higher score for the safety index can be explained in part by better and stricter registration and measurement than in the past. Nevertheless, reducing the safety index continues to be a high priority. The innovative applications will focus specifically on improving the working conditions by using tools. The use of tools and the 'tone at the top' of the line managers, with support from the management, are crucial to meeting the safety objectives for 2019. Despite the fact that the accidents in 2018 were less serious than in the past, the number of lost-time incidents was still too high. There is an unremitting focus on achieving a safety index of 0.

Safety-index

Absenteeism

At ROTO's production companies based in the Netherlands, the ambition of an absenteeism rate of less than 4.0% proved to be too ambitious for the time being. The weighted average absenteeism rate for ROTO was 5.6% (2017: 6.1%). It should be pointed out here that the rules on absenteeism vary from country to country. There are also differences between countries in terms of social legislation and therefore the duration of the employer's obligation to continue to pay wages.

The absenteeism policy continues to be implemented strictly, with a focus at an early stage on the reintegration and employment options for the employee in the longer term. The current regulations in the Netherlands do not provide enough openings and, unfortunately, they even seem to be counterproductive in many cases in terms of tackling the problem adequately. In other countries where ROTO is active, it has emerged that stricter rules and agreements in this area do have an effect. The target for absenteeism remains 4.0% and the ROTO companies based in the Netherlands are facing a particular challenge.

Safety-index

In 2018, there was an explicit focus on safety through targeted actions on the shop floor. Each accident or near-miss was used to further tighten up the procedures, and risk review and evaluation. The target for the safety index in 2018 was 12. At the end of 2018, the ROTO index was 27 (2017: 17). This was attributable to 38 accidents in total, many of which were less serious.

The higher result for the safety index can be explained in part by better and stricter registration and measurement than in the past. Nevertheless, reducing the safety index continues to be a high priority. The innovative applications will focus specifically on improving the working conditions by using tools. The use of tools and the 'tone at the top' of the line managers, with support from the management, are crucial to meeting the safety objectives for 2019. Despite the fact that the accidents in 2018 were less serious than in the past, the number of lost-time incidents was still too high. There is an unremitting focus on achieving a safety index of 0.

Safety-index