GF Piping Systems celebrated the completion of its modernized headquarters and new customer training center twice: On 21 November 2019 with around 100 invited guests from politics and business, and on 22 November 2019 with a Family Day. Employees and their families were able to experience the modernized headquarters first hand thanks to guided tours and an interesting supporting program.
3'000 square meters of modern work space
The largest of the three GF divisions invested around CHF 20 million in the new infrastructure. This is GF's biggest investment in Schaffhausen in the last 30 years and therefore a commitment to the region. Over the past 18 months, 3'000 square meters of energy-efficient offices have been created along with co-working, team and project areas, plus a training center with state-of-the-art training rooms and a showroom. The aim of the open working environments is to promote cooperation among employees and to increase the pace of innovation at GF Piping Systems, says Joost Geginat, President of GF Piping Systems. “Our employees need to be able to meet more instead of moving back into their offices. Their work should be enjoyable.” The new infrastructure should also appeal to potential employees: “With the modernization, we want to position ourselves even more strongly as an attractive employer. We want to attract more highly qualified people,” says Geginat.
- About 100 guests joined the Inauguration of GF Piping Systems' new headquarters
- GF CEO Andreas Müller...
- … and Joost Geginat, President GF Piping Systems, give their opening speeches
- Christian Amsler, Member of the cantonal Government Council
- The ribbon cutting ceremony
- GF Piping Systems in Schaffhausen
- In the showroom of GF Piping Systems
- Guests on the guided tour on GF's Family Day
Here’s how GF employees describe their new workplace
“The new offices look great! This makes the work very pleasant. And because we all sit together in the same room, there is much more communication between the different departments. I believe that the open space concept will enhance the quality of our work.”
Irene Minguell, Product Manager Utility
“The open room design shortens the communication paths. Meetings or telephone calls are often unnecessary because colleagues are in the immediate vicinity. Challenges can be overcome faster through direct contact and processes can be made more transparent. Team members can participate even more actively in work processes.”
Andreas Jasko, Head of Global Supply Chain