Continental lowers turnover in Mexico through flexible work schemes
Continental completed one year of applying flexible work schemes in Mexico and as a result it has managed to reduce staff turnover from 5% to 15% in every location in the country.
These schemes are divided into mobile work, sabbaticals and part-time shifts, and are available to all personnel who meet certain requirements, including their presence not being essential in their workplace, explained to Manufactura.mx Marco Galluzzi, vice president of Human Relations for Continental in Mexico.
In the modality of mobile work, the company allows employees to collaborate remotely, so that workers can adjust their schedules to attend only meetings or collaborate directly with colleagues on a particular issue.
Through a policy of sabbaticals, employees can request an unpaid break for up to one year. Other employees have been given the option to reduce their work time from eight to six hours.
According to Galluzzi, during the first year of the program, 2,500 workers have opted for one of these benefits to attend to personal matters and to reconcile their work and family life.
Continental currently operates in Mexico 19 plants, a finance center, a sales office and two R&D centers, which employ more than 24,000 workers.
The extensive portfolio of products from Mexico ranges from high-quality surface materials for vehicle interiors, brake systems and turbochargers to instrumentation and passive safety solutions right through to control units and chassis control systems for cars, trucks and specialist vehicles.
Aside from the auto industry, at its San Luis Potosi site, Continental also manufactures textile conveyor belt systems for mining and other industrial applications.