HR&D TEAM OF THE YEAR; CIPD HR&D AWARDS in Association with WINNER Formica Group

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HR&D TEAM OF THE YEAR; CIPD HR&D AWARDS in Association with WINNER Formica Group


FORMICA Group is a leading provider of branded, design coordinated surfacing solutions for commercial and residential customers. Its products are specified by architects, designers, contractors, shop-fitters, homebuilders and manufacturers of finished products.

In December 2015 the European business was facing an urgent need for transformation. The company had been hit by the recession and employee engagement scores had been dropping year on year.

Previously, Formica had not had a UK HR manager in post for a number of years or a team to provide a clear plan and agenda for its people. A new HR function was established with a strategic plan requiring strong people considerations and drive to deliver, not just a change in leadership, but a change in focus, culture, internal relationships and engagement.

The department quickly gathered pace and determination and its strategy became the framework in every department across Europe. It has brought great clarity, collaboration and direction for every member of the company.

Michelle Robson, people and performance director, Europe said: "I am incredibly proud of the team, their resilience and level of commitment and willingness to continually challenge has driven huge change and focus this past year.

"This is a great achievement and fantastic recognition for an amazing team."

FINALISTS | Coveris Rigid UK Ltd Coveris is a global company specialising in high performance packaging, with more than 10,000 employees and 60 facilities.

In 2016 the business's leadership team was fully restructured and a new HR team was formed with a key focus to become a visible, credible, strategic, and collaborative HR team and ultimately to add value.

The team ensured that all sites and departments were visited on a weekly basis and operated an open door policy, with regular surgeries where employees could approach HR direct with queries.

The team worked closely with business leaders and focused on strategic planning to ensure that business needs were met and a communications strategy was introduced, focusing on structured ways of working. …

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