On holiday last week, stuck in Southsea marina listening to the wind and rain beating down on the deck I thought it was time to tune to The Bottom Line on Radio 4. Imagine my surprise when two of the three panel members were our customers, what was even more exciting was that they were discussing employment contracts and monitoring employee activity…
The discussions ranged from whether their organisations were geared up for the disruption of the games this summer to what the benefits were of different employee contracts and how employees are monitored at work.
One interesting point that all three CEO’s agreed on was that the UK has legislation that enables to employee contracts to be very flexible, which is not always the case in other European countries. Surprisingly, because of this, Wincanton and G4S, large organisations employing thousands of employees and services that can be highly seasonal or changeable, are still able to offer full-time contracts to the majority of their employees (over 90%).
They agreed that the main benefits of this were that they had loyal, highly trained and motivated employees. Even when temporary or agency staff are employed all three businesses prefer to work with people that they had previously employed as they will have been trained or understand the business better than brand new employees. The smaller, entrepreneurial Switfy Scooters, had a small core of employees but relied far more on temporary staff, freelance workers and sub-contractors so they could avoid incurring the cost of full-time workers they couldn’t afford or were ready to employ but still tried to re-use people they had employed already.
All three CEO’s also agreed that whether you are a small entrepreneurial business like Swifty Scooters or a large organisation with many thousands of employees like Wincanton or G4S – employee monitoring to meet, HR, Payroll and Productivity requirements is a commonly accepted practice that employees now expect.
From tachometers in lorry cabs to make sure that drivers don’t drive tired, to vehicle tracking equipment to monitor cash movements, to biometric technology that can track employee hours, by ensuring key employee activities are monitored, all organisations can be as efficient, productive and compliant as possible. Monitoring key elements of an employee’s activities also empowers employees by ensuring they receive the training and guidance they need to be as employable, productive and satisfied as possible.
Visit Radio 4 The Bottom Line to listen to the full programme with Evan Davies, and guests: Nick Buckles – CEO at G4S, Eric Born – CEO at Wincanton and Jason Iftakhar – Co-founder of Swifty Scooters.