With the added bonus of a nomination for the Special Award ‘Continuous Learning’
BRUSSELS, March 14, 2018 - Mars Belgium has been elected as ‘Great Place To Work®’ for the eleventh year in a row by its own employees. No fewer than 89% of the 366 employees think that the international family business is “a very good organisation to work at”. Mars can therefore again be called one of the “Best Employers in Belgium” in the “fewer than 500 employees” category. The icing on the cake for Mars Belgium was also being nominated this year for the Special Award ‘Continuous Learning’. Mars Belgium is again the only player form the FMCG-sector in the top 20, and the only business with a production unit: the Uncle Ben’s® plant in Olen.
Every year the "Vlerick Great Place To Work® Institute" draws up a ranking of the top twenty best companies to work for in Belgium. It does this on the basis of surveys of both the HR department and the employees themselves. The opinion of the employees is the most important factor in the final score (two thirds of the marks). This year a largescale survey showed that 9 in 10 employees at Mars Belgium think it is an excellent organisation to work for.
The fact that we have received this recognition from our employees for the eleventh year in a row makes me enormously proud. This is the result of our sustainable commitment to the well-being and development of our employees, based on the unique value-driven culture.
says a proud General Manager, Pierre Camé
Proud ‘associates’ looking forward to coming to work
At Mars, employees are not ‘just’ staff but ‘associates’. That is a conscious choice, based on the ‘Mars Associate Concept’: a mutual commitment based on trust, respect and responsibility. That involvement clearly has a positive influence on how Mars associates view their job:
- 92% of Associates tell other people they work at Mars with pride.
- 86% believe their job is not just a job but is meaningful and important.
- 80% of employees say they look forward to coming to work.
Nomination for Special Award ‘Continuous learning’: tomorrow starts today!
Working at Mars means working on long-term planning and focussing on continuous development and career opportunities. Because: tomorrow starts today! Mars believes that the talents of its Associates, and their initiatives, ideas and leadership make the difference in a rapidly changing, competitive market environment. For that reason, there are also substantial investments made in the development and flexibility of the ‘Associates’:
- Functional development: the more ‘technical’ training in capabilities to keep up with the latest insights.
- Personal development based on competences.
- Leadership: the first line managers play a crucial role in providing support to both the performance and development of each ‘associate’ in his/her team, with the aim of developing a successful future and career together.
In addition, Mars particularly wants its ‘associates’ to be challenged daily and to develop their talents.
- Each ‘associate’ has his/her own objectives and personal development plan with specific targets and areas for development that are discussed each quarter.
- Moreover, Mars provides the necessary coaching, both through internal mentors and external partners.
- Finally, there is also the international acclaimed, Mars University. That, continuously enriched, offline and online platform, provides courses, e-learning modules, a library, a research centre and much more. Marketeers, engineers, researchers, managers, etc.: everyone can find more than enough information to sharpen their knowledge every day. In other words, it is similar to a real university but only that is ultra-flexible and can be adapted to personal needs and preferences. In 2018, ‘Associates’ at Mars Belgium completed over 20 hours of formal (in group) and information (online) training on average.
There are three specific mandatory leadership training courses to train and support for first line managers, in which the ‘class modules’ alone take up more than 100 hours. In addition, there is also a lively community (‘Line Manager Community’) that not only provides additional training but also extra support. Of course, that is also always based on the five core values that form the foundation of the global Mars culture.
By investing in functional and personal development and leaders, Mars ensures great commitment, a strong sense of responsibility and continuous development for each of its ‘associates’. That also benefits Mars itself: ‘associates’ indicate that they want to continue working at the company for a long time thanks to the wide range of opportunities (84%) and would also recommend their employer to family and friends (82%). The fact that talent, capabilities and competencies are at the heart of the conversations in relation to their career development is a huge asset. Both for the ‘associates’ and for Mars, as plans for follow-up and career planning are also influenced positively on the employer side.
Family culture with five core values
Mars Inc. has been owned by the Mars family for over 100 years. The company prides itself on a strong, unique and meaningful, value-drive corporate culture.
Mars Inc. is absolutely an atypical multinational. With 115,000 'associates' worldwide, Mars Inc. is still a family business. Five core values are essential to our corporate culture: Quality, Responsibility, Reciprocity, Efficiency and Freedom. We use them as a compass in everything we do and decide each day and it works. Both at a business level and in terms of personal development. We believe that our value-drive culture forms the foundation for our success, both today and tomorrow.
Markus Gogg, Plant Director at Mars Food Olen
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