Recruiting and retaining the best people
Peregrine recognises its people as pivotal to realising growth opportunities and meeting future challenges, which is particularly pertinent in the current economically-pressured landscape. As such, creating an optimal environment to attract, retain, motivate and develop top talent, is a key business objective for the Group.
Individual coaching and mentoring is offered to ensure ongoing development, even in the absence of formal training. Peregrine continues cultivating a relationship of trust with staff, encouraging independence and entrepreneurialism. Management continues to engage with all employees on a continuous basis to stay abreast of any specific needs in order to create a sense of inter-relatedness.
The Group further strives to offer employees flexibility in working hours and the opportunity to work remotely where appropriate. Extended maternity leave and the flexibility to work half-day is possible, should the operational requirements of the business in question not be compromised.
Although staff numbers may fluctuate from year to year, the racial and gender representation has remained relatively constant, reflecting the Group’s respect for diversity in race and gender, with a 37% black representation and a marginal increase in female representation as at 31 March 2016.
Headcounts for our South African operations (as at 31 March 2016):
Looking after our safety, health and environment (SHE)
The Group is committed to a safe, healthy and hygienic working environment in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (No. 85 of 1993). Peregrine has a formal Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Policy, which is reviewed on an annual basis to ensure all legislative changes are taken into consideration. No significant changes were implemented during the year. The policy outlines the SHE responsibilities of the Group and employees and requires the appointment of business specific representatives, as well as a Group Health and Safety Committee.
Accordingly each building has an appointed SHE officer. Officers regularly inspect the building, first aid kits, emergency exits, fire extinguishers, etc. to ensure a safe working environment.
It further sets out procedures for first aid, emergency evacuation and exposure to environmental health risks. In addition the Policy covers drug and alcohol dependency and outlines the policy on Group support in these instances and sets guidelines for incident reports.
During the year the following formal SHE training of SHE representatives took place:
• First Aid
• General awareness
• Emergency evacuations
SHE audits are conducted annually utilising checklists to identify hazards and non-compliance.