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Saint-Gobain Distribution Denmark

"Must Win Battle" in 2012: Absence

Saint-Gobain Distribution Denmark (SGDD) is a joint company for well-known brands like Brødrene Dahl, Optimera, Bad & Design, Heradan, Øland and Zupply. Their size gives SGDD a leading role within distribution of building materials in Denmark. SGDD has 1,400 employees in over 70 shops.

Back-office functions in SGDD are managed jointly in a common management and administration unit; a set-up which makes it simpler and thus more efficient for the individual units to carry out their daily operation. Central functions such as logistics, purchasing, marketing, finance, it and HR are therefore managed by the back-office function in SGDD which gives a long series of operation advantages. It also releases resources for focusing on the business and getting closer to the customers.

Saint-Gobain Distribution Denmark

 "We saw the actual value of automating tasks which were previously carried out manually. One of the things we learned was that we could increase the public refunding of our sickness benefits by 5-10% – even with less of an effort."

Anette Boesen
HR Administrative Manager, Saint-Gobain Distribution Denmark


"MUST WIN BATTLE" IN 2012 – ABSENCE

For the year 2012, SGDD's Board of Directors defined a series of focus areas, including the efforts in relation to absence. Not that SGDD has a high absence level (approximately 2.5 %), but as an important area for supporting their ambition for effective processes centrally as well as locally. Not only in relation to administration but the task also included giving local management a better tool for transparency and proactivity in relation to personnel management.

Part of the answer was an expansion of the current ProMark process support. Together, Mark Information and SGDD prepared a business case focusing on three elements:

  • Automatic notification in case of absence due to illness in line with SGDD's personnel policy
  • Automatic and timely application for sick-leave refunding
  • Reduced manual work in the central administration

Anette Boesen, HR Administrative Manager says: "The business case was approved by our Board of Directors. Our collaboration with Mark Information was settled in a partnership agreement to the effect that we had ProAbs installed for testing for a month. This very clearly showed us the actual value of automating tasks which were previously carried out manually. One of the things we learned was that we could increase the public refunding of our sickness benefits by 5-10 % – even with less of an effort."

"We find the legislation in the employment area relatively dynamic, and ProAbs helps to ensure that not only do we abide by the law in relation to the mandatory sick leave interviews, but we also get the full public refunding of sickness benefits."

Anette Ravn Boesen, HR Administrativ Chef, Saint-Gobain Distribution Denmark