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Encouraging innovation and great ideas

One way we improve our business is by actively engaging our employees by tapping their brains for suggestions. For example at Colleague Briefings, our quarterly all company briefings, we give everyone the opportunity to share their ideas, and we encourage team members to contact leaders direct with ways we can be more innovative.

We’ve even set up an Efficiency Working Group, made up of employees from right across our business, to examine the most promising suggestions in more detail and ensure feasible ideas are progressed by the appropriate team.

Our employees are actively involved in helping the business innovate and improve efficiency, and are kept up to date on progress during regular meetings and briefings.

“Aster recognises the value of employees’ detailed understanding of the business and our customers’ needs and that their input is instrumental in running an efficient business and meeting our stated objectives,” says Andrew Jackson, Aster’s head of business solutions. “It’s vitally important that our people have the opportunity to influence the changes that will affect their work on a day-to-day basis, and that they understand and participate in the process of deciding which suggestions we use and implement.”

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