Last week, we saw the upgrade of all 14 rest areas in Trim and Final - a mammoth task made possible by the investment awarded to our factory through the Manufacturing People Transformation programme.
Launched last year, the programme aims to improve the workplace experience of our employees across the global manufacturing function and is aligned with our new company purpose.
Trim and Final is the second Halewood technology department to have a rest area uplift after Body-in-White (BiW) saw the opening of its refurbished rest areas last month. Paint Shop and Press Shop rest areas will be completed in the coming weeks.
As with BiW, the renewed rest areas in Trim and Final contain freestanding tables and chairs with seat cushions, making the areas more comfortable for employees to relax in during their break times. Upgraded facilities, such as fridges, microwaves and vending machines will also be added to the rest areas shortly.
Karl Holland, who is part of the engagement cohort for Trim and Final and worked on the project alongside the Halewood Site Services team, said: "During Covid, employees could not use the rest areas and took their breaks on the side of the line, which is not ideal. Now that restrictions have been lifted, we are keen to get people back in the rest areas, so they can take a break from their workplace during rest times.
"The implementation of the project shows investment in our people, as we have created a clean, comfortable environment for them to take their breaks in.
“The project has been a real example of working in unity across the different functions of Halewood - it has been a real team effort. Thank you to Gareth Moss from BiW for sharing his learnings from the BIW upgrade. We also had a lot of support from our Group Leaders in Trim, including Shaun Beardwood, who has helped us to get to where we are now and has now joined myself on the engagement team.
“Finally thank you to the Site Services team for working so closely with us on this and for completing the fit for Trim and Final – it is an incredible achievement to have upgraded 14 rest areas.”
Asked what the initial feedback has been so far, Karl said: “There has been a lot of interest across the shop floor, and the rest areas are looking populated, so we are pleased. Hopefully once more people find out about them, they will use them, and we will continue to speak to our people and explore different avenues on how we can continually improve these areas.”