I’ve just come across an interesting article on the BBC website highlighting how Wedgwood’s large, modern factory near Jakarta, Indonesia, could aid its sale.
The factory is purpose built, modern, pleasant to work in and provides welfare facilities for its 1,500 staff. These include a free medical clinic, one free meal per day, a football pitch and a mosque. It’s eerily familiar in a way – this is exactly the type of thing that some of the more enlightend British factory owners did for their employees in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Consequently, the factory has absenteeism and annual staff turnover figures that are both close to 1%, despite not paying as much as some other employers in the area.