What Does Purposeful Growth Mean for Ergon, Customers and Employees?
Fri., Feb 25, 2022 | Ergon
At Ergon, we understand that our success is tied to the success of our both our customers and our employees. Purposeful Growth is a core value — one we live and breathe every day, with every decision and every solution.
The positive trajectory of our organization has been steady since our founding in 1954. Growth has always been aligned with a clear purpose and vision as we have expanded from serving customers locally to providing products and services in more than 90 countries around the world. We are focused on growing the right way — not just the fastest way.
Watch the video below (part of our Culture & Values video series) to learn about Purposeful Growth at Ergon, as told by a few members of the Ergon family.
For Our Employees We are investing in present and future generations, empowering our teams to realize their full potential. We are committed to providing the best opportunities for employees to succeed. Ergon’s Organizational Development Department partners with leadership to ensure all companies excel in recruiting, retaining and developing the best people to reflect our core values and to ensure continued growth.
Brandi Julian, Training Director with Crafco, recently shared about their Leadership Essentials Program. Crafco, part of Ergon’s Asphalt & Emulsions Segment, is the world’s leading manufacturer of pavement preservation products and the equipment used to apply them. Based in Arizona, Crafco has manufacturing facilities in six states and abroad, in addition to distribution and sales offices around the world.
“This program covers the employee life cycle,” Brandi explained. “We look at everything from selection and recruiting, to onboarding, then on to engaging and retaining employees. It's not just about finding a good employee. It's about developing them to be their most efficient and effective.”
Once someone is part of the Ergon family, we want to do everything we can to keep them here. Our low turnover rate (14.9%, compared to the national average of 24%) is a testament to our success in that area, as is our 11-year average length of service.
Education and Knowledge Sharing Another interesting project Brandi has been working on is documenting the knowledge and experience of our current employees to benefit future employees. "How do we take the experiential knowledge of our people who have all this tenure and have been here for years and years, write that down and capture that knowledge? We have developed a very robust product knowledge training library,” Brandi explained. “We have spent so much time interviewing leaders, plant managers — trying to really capture their knowledge about our equipment, our products, and get that knowledge captured and written down so that we can share it across all of Crafco.”
As Jana Branham, Ergon Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, explains in the Purposeful Growth video linked above, “We are investing in education to make sure our people have the right skills and capabilities to deliver on the projects that we do — so that we can be productive in every interaction.”
If you’re interested in working for a company that makes your growth a priority, visit ergoncareers.com for job openings within our family of companies today.