From our ROTO People Survey we have learned that our Family members think their supervisors not always make sufficient effort to hear their opinions and ideas (40%), that they are not always encouraged to think of new and better ways of doing things (30%) and that there is not enough encouragement to learn from mistakes (23%).
However, to remain competitive, it is essential to constantly reinvent ourselves, to use inventive and sustainable techniques and resources and adapt our services to our customers. That is why we encourage our Business Units and Family Members to engage in research and development and to collaborate on new ideas or solutions with internal and external stakeholders and partners. Discussions about different solutions are welcome and making mistakes creates opportunities to improve ideas. Since these research and development activities are not related to systematic scientific exploration of new products and services, they are not separately identified as immaterial fixed assets.
INNOVATION BOARD AND MEETINGS
Staco set up an innovation board consisting of Family members from sales and production, which meets regularly and discusses ongoing projects and new initiatives, like new ways of constructing gratings or similar products combining freedom of design with efficient production.
Rezinal also regularly organises special innovation and lean sessions with its Family members, leading to more innovative ideas and a faster implementation of new ideas or solutions.
Rezinal actively participates in the European Centriclean project. The aim of this project is to develop a system to keep the zinc bath at the galvanising plants clean at all times, so there is no need to skim off zinc ashes and hard zinc. If the project is successful, this might have consequences for Rezinal’s business model.