Mind over matter

September 4, 2019

While technology is key to everything ZF does, as producers of safety camera equipment, so too are its people

Growth and investment have come thick and fast for global technology company ZF and it is now regarded as a centre for excellence in the production of specialist safety camera equipment.

As an employer of almost 1000 people at its Peterlee plant, ZF fully understands and appreciates the importance of its workforce to the continued growth of the business.

Technology is important; people even more so ZF is fully committed to the health and wellbeing of every member of staff, providing extensive support in various areas to ensure the right level of help is available to anyone that needs it.

And they’re doing it well.

In 2012 the company was given a Bronze Award from the North East Better Health at Work Award programme, while HR manager Lisa Hudson was nominated as Health Advocate of the Year.

Since then, ZF has progressed through the award levels and is now looking to achieve Maintaining Excellence in 2019.

The team highly values the accreditations at ZF – testament to the company’s commitment to its workforce. A healthy workforce is a happy workforce, after all.

Lisa Hudson, who leads on the many support streams and campaigns ZF manages and runs, says: “We know that our growth as a global company is in large part down to our dedicated workforce, who go above and beyond for the company.

“There are almost 1000 people who work here and each staff member is as important as the
next. We want to look after them so if at any point they need support with their physical or mental health, they know a door is always open or there is information available to access.”

As well as the support offered to staff on-site, ZF also champions several good causes and recently announced a partnership with Cancer Research UK after the deaths of several members of staff to the disease.

One of the biggest areas that ZF invests in is mental health.

Lisa adds: “My team and I are very passionate about mental health and to support that, working in conjunction with Our Minds Work, we have put in place an Employee Mental Health Advocacy Service.

“Through this, we have successfully recruited and trained 18 mental health advocates across the plant, who provide a confidential signposting service and work tirelessly to reduce the stigma attached to mental health in the workplace.

“It’s so important that we do everything we can for our employees – we know that when they’re happy they’re more productive, and that’s essential if we’re to continue to build on the reputation we’ve established as a global leader in the production of vehicle safety camera equipment.”


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