Investing in employees

Adri Erwee, human resources manager at Pick n Pay Namibia

22 November 2019 | Business

At Pick n Pay Namibia, which is part of the O&L group of companies, we focus all our efforts on providing our employees with a great place to work for. We strongly believe that a great working environment will foster positive, productive and engaged employees who will passionately deliver beyond expectations. Therefore, we first look for culture fit before we assess an individual’s skills and knowledge for a vacancy when making hiring decisions. We want every one of our employees to be in service of our purpose, ‘Creating a Future, Enhancing Life’.

In order to create a conducive working environment for our employees, we ensure that we provide our employees with growth opportunities to make use of in order to excel in life and to be able to fulfil their dreams. One such growth opportunity is our trainee manager’s programme where we recruit internal and external candidates with leadership potential and take them through a theoretical as well as practical programme to equip them with the necessary skills to prepare them for future leadership roles within the company. It is essential to us to invest in our people’s development for our future succession and sustainability.

Recognition is an important motivator for people. At Pick n Pay Namibia we recognise our long-serving employees by rewarding them for their loyalty and dedication to the company over the years. It is important to us to retain our employees with whom we have built lasting relationships over many years. They possess many years of experience and with that comes a wealth of knowledge that we treasure in our business.

Every month we also recognise our employees who have shown exceptional behaviour and exemplified our company’s values by selecting them as Value Stars and rewarding them accordingly. Our employees must want to be ambassadors for our company and our brand because they feel that they matter and that their contributions matter and make a positive impact on the business.

At Pick n Pay Namibia we involve our employees in fun corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects and events to build a culture of sharing and caring for our communities.

We employ about 2 100 employees at our 22 stores countrywide plus our support office in Windhoek. As part of our vision for 2025 we want to ensure job security for all our current employees while also creating and securing additional work opportunities for Namibians. We not only want to be a catalyst for positive change in our own business, but also in our communities and our country to deliver new realities for everyone.

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