Nabaltec AG: it's official: Nabaltec is Schwandorf's top employer
- Top Job benchmarking survey result: staff enjoy working at Nabaltec;
- Wolfgang Clement presents the award
Top Job has been identifying and presenting awards for outstanding human resource (HR) management at German medium-sized firms for the past ten years. This anniversary year is already the third time that Nabaltec AG has made it into the ranks of these award-winning employers. The company, which also operates from a further site in the Bavarian town of Kelheim, received the Top Job accolade from project mentor Wolfgang Clement at a ceremony in Duisburg-Nord Industrial Landscape Park.
Nabaltec takes a long-term view of its business even when times are tough, which means that those with managerial responsibility think of their staff first and foremost. The firm has not issued a single compulsory redundancy in the past 17 years. How is that possible? The workforce exhibits particularly strong solidarity during times of crisis, even agreeing to take a pay cut in such circumstances. This helped the company - which operates worldwide in the field of speciality chemicals and fire protection products - to weather the recession: "We are convinced that our employees deliver their best performance if they know that their jobs are secure", explained Paul Altmann, head of HR. Those who agreed to take a pay cut in 2009, for example, were partially compensated for this sacrifice when they received a bonus once the economy started to recover last year. This builds trust, according to Altmann.
A key prerequisite of this trust is the close collaboration between the management board and the works council. One tangible result of this partnership is that the company has so far been able to offer its 404 employees more than 50 different working-time models. This enables parents, for example, to structure their working hours to suit the needs of their family lives. The unanimous view expressed by members of staff to the HR department was that they liked working for Nabaltec because it was a family-friendly company that allowed them to work flexible hours so that they could achieve the optimum work-life balance. By adopting this approach, Nabaltec has sought to find a flexible way of aligning the requirements of customer projects with the needs of its workforce. The success of this strategy is illustrated by the fact that 100 per cent of young mothers and fathers who go on parental leave return to the company after such a career break.
Nabaltec had to pass a two-stage academic scrutiny process devised by the Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. The centrepiece of the survey led by Professor Heike Bruch, the Institute's director, was an online questionnaire completed by all members of staff. At the same time, the HR managers at the firms participating in the study provided information on their work. Paul Altmann was delighted with the results: "This award is, of course, a fantastic endorsement of our efforts and a huge vote of confidence on the part of our workforce. What's more, this distinction will no doubt help us to recruit high-quality talent to the firm".
The 94 best SME employers have an average workforce of 359 people. Almost one third of the firms awarded the Top Job accolade in 2012 are family-owned businesses. The fact that these companies include 14 global market leaders and 21 domestic market leaders proves that good employers are also commercially successful. Consequently, more than half of the Top Job award-winners pay their staff above the rates stipulated by industry-wide collective bargaining agreements.
Further information on Nabaltec, the other prize-winning firms and the Top Job project can be found at www.topjob.de.
The mentor for the project is Wolfgang Clement, former Federal Minister of Economics. Top Job project gets under way in February 2012.
Dr Heike Bruch has acted as academic head of the Top Job project since 2005. She is a professor and director at the Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management at the University of St. Gallen.
Organiser: compamedia GmbH - mentor of the best SMEs
compamedia GmbH was founded in 1993 and organises benchmarking projects for small and medium-sized German firms. Working from its base in Überlingen on Lake Constance in Germany, the firm's 20 employees organise and run its Top Job, Top 100, Top Consultant and Ethics in Business nationwide benchmarking competitions, which involves assisting and awarding prizes to firms that achieve outstanding results in the fields of human resource management, innovation, consulting and corporate social responsibility. The company generated revenue of €2.1 million in 2010.
compamedia's partners are HRM.de, the PERSONAL HRM trade fair, SchmidtColleg GmbH & Co. KG and Zukunft Personal HRM Expo. Its media partner is the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
Background information about the project is available from firstname.lastname@example.org. Pictures relating to Nabaltec AG can be obtained from Gerlinde Graf at email@example.com. Photographs of the awards ceremony will be available in the Press section of www.topjob.de from Friday, 27 January 2012.
Nabaltec AG, with registered office in Schwandorf, a chemicals business which has received multiple awards for innovativeness, manufactures, develops and distributes highly specialized products based on aluminum hydroxide ("ATH") and aluminum oxide, as well as other raw materials, on an industrial scale through its "Functional Fillers" and "Technical Ceramics" divisions. The company's product range includes halogen-free flame retardant fillers and eco-friendly additives for the plastics industry. Flame retardant fillers are used e.g. in cables in tunnels, airports, high-rise buildings and electronic devices, while additives replace stabilizers containing heavy metals in PVC processing. Nabaltec also produces base materials for use in technical ceramics, the refractory industry and catalysis. Unlike halogenated flame retardant fillers, the products manufactured by the company's "Functional Fillers" division contain no hazardous substances and do not require separate disposal. Rather, the company's flame retardant fillers actually decrease the development of fumes hazardous to human health and the environment in the event of fire. Nabaltec maintains production sites in Germany and the US and plans to continue to consolidate its market position by expanding capacity, further optimizing processes and quality and making strategic extensions to its product range. On the strength of its specialty products, the company strives to attain the market leadership in each segment.