Thanks to the Top Employers audit, we
received a specific benchmark, while
we went through our HR processes
to understand how we take care of
employees, what we offer and what we
can improve. And yes, we’re very proud
that we have succeeded now three years in
a row with this certification, which I think
shows that we have a good basis, we have
a good, very motivated team, and I think
there are a couple of things behind us,
which I need to touch on a little bit already.
One of them is our company principles
“FIRST”: F stands for Family, I for innovation,
R for Respect, S for Success and T for Team.
And that’s basically what we are always
trying to communicate to our workforce–
how we should behave towards each
other at work. These principles are very
important to us.
I think we are a company which has
always tried to help the community, and
a year ago we and the town of Kopřivnice
organized a campaign called “To be a good
neighbour.” This is something which we not
only want to show, always, but also really to
act on accordingly. So, even now, during
the crisis, sometimes there was a council
contact asking if there is something we
could do to help, some ideas maybe to
help the school to be able to teach kids.
Some time ago, we finished with our Brose
Run team--an activity to support the young
kids who have some health issues, so that
each year we are supporting disabled and
And last but not least, we are trying to
invest in our employees, in their training
and also in technology. So this is why this
region should benefit from us: we are
offering a modern company that supports
the region and has basically good principles
for our employees.
As a part of the company’s development,
you also manage an Employee Care
department. How do you support the
health of your employees in these times?
Well, I think, first of all, this crisis since
March has taken all of us by surprise. It’s
correct, we have always had special health
support for our employees. We have our
own doctor, so this doctor is available for
employees. For example, something we
did, and we did it for everyone last year,
was to order flu jabs for our employees.
We have an on-site physiotherapist helping
employees at the workplace. And we
can mention our Brose Kids Club--an
educational leisure centre for the children
of our employees from one to fifteen
In this very special situation with the
coronavirus, we had to begin protecting
our employees’ health and the company‘s
health. Since the end of March, we have
been using facemasks on company
grounds and we have, unfortunately,
erected some of those plastic dividers
in the company canteen. We have given
facemasks to employees and we were very
proud in the beginning when nobody had
disinfectant and chemists from our painting
line created it by themselves. And we are
proud of the employees of the Kids Club,
who sewed face masks for our employees
on the front line.
Your company has a Apprentice center
with elements of dual education. What
kind of project is this?
I think the important thing is to grow the
skills of our employees so that we can be
stronger in the end. To stay competitive,
to be a strong, healthy employer and
successful, for that we need proactivity,
automation and digitalization. And I am
very much convinced that we will not be
able to achieve this only with people from
universities. So that’s why we thought about
what we can do. On one hand, it was our
apprentice center offering environment for
our future mechatronics. This way we are
able to teach young people and offer them
jobs in Brose, immediately after school.
Basically, it was a higher qualification,
having the chance to work in the areas of
maintenance or even on an automatic line
where you have robots, cameras, etc.
On the other hand, I think we need not only
to provide qualifications for young people,
but also for our workers. We have to offer
our employees the continuous possibility
to learn, and basically give them a better
understanding of technology. Only then
we will be efficient, will have automated
and digitalized production workplaces and
stay globally competitive. We expect that
our current workers and setters will grow
their skills and take a career path towards
our modern production environment.
Thank you for the interview.
Text: Šárka Kůrková, Barbora Pěchová
Foto: Renáta Botošová
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