Battleground #4: ENHANCING PERFORMANCE CULTURE
TO KEEP ACCELERATING
At Pernod Ricard, we are able to count on all our employees to deliver results at every level. As an organisation, we help teams to foster success by optimising their day-to-day operations, which includes assessing and identifying the resources managers need, and by ensuring they have every opportunity to grow. But our success is also strongly rooted in a collective winning mentality, the Pernod Ricard Mindset. In line with our values, this Mindset pushes our employees to always “Go the Extra Mile.”
Managers are encouraged to build and develop their teams, promote partnerships and even contribute to their local communities, in order to ultimately achieve results that deliver beyond the bottom line.
We cultivate this Pernod Ricard Mindset in five ways:
- Devolving decision-making and promoting initiative- taking
- Working transversally
- Harnessing the power of digital
- Engaging the younger generation
- Training and developing our people
NASHIK: WHEN DIVERSITY BOOSTS PRODUCTIVITY
Prior to October 2015, the workforce at the Pernod Ricard India Pvt Ltd plant in Nashik, 200 kilometres from Mumbai, was entirely male. Located in a predominately agricultural region, the commitment of the plant’s workforce was highly dependent on the cycles of the growing seasons. The distillery, winery and bottling plant routinely suffered from high absenteeism, poor quality control and reduced productivity as a result.
P. Sriram, Executive Vice President Operations of Pernod Ricard India, and Shrikant Lonikar, Chief Human Resource Officer, decided that it was essential for the success of the plant to establish consistency across all aspects of the functioning of the plant.
In hindsight, the solution could not have been more obvious: hire the local women who were unencumbered by any conflicting loyalties. The challenge, however, to get them – and more importantly, their families – on board, was two-fold: overcome the cultural prejudice against alcohol and working outside of the home.
With the local staff already highly engaged with the surrounding communities through a number of sustainability and responsibility initiatives, it was not long before they had built the level of trust needed to gain acceptance for the women to work at the plant. The new recruits received cross-functional and technical skills development training in areas including safety, food handling and workplace hygiene standards. Placed in the production and quality departments, the women were soon overseeing operations such as quality inspection and equipment maintenance.
By 2017, the first 50 female employees – diligent, highly productive and passionate about their work – had, literally, changed the face of the workplace. Encouraged by this success, Sriram and Shrikant continued to hire more women, including qualified engineers. In just two years, the plant began sweeping awards among Pernod Ricard’s 31 plants in India for quality, productivity, cost control and waste control.
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